Don Lucia is coming back to the college hockey world.
Lucia is set to be named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner at a press conference this afternoon, the Herald has learned from multiple sources.
The CCHA will begin play in the 2021-22 season.
It is being revived by Bemidji State, Minnesota State-Mankato, Bowling Green, Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech, Lake Superior State and Ferris State, who are all leaving the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Lucia has a long association with college hockey.
He last served as the head coach of the Minnesota Gophers in 1999-2018. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Colorado College from 1993-99.
Before that, he was at one of the CCHA schools, Alaska Fairbanks, from 1981-93. He was an assistant from 1981-87 and the head coach for the next six years.