by Kyle Whitney/Northern Michigan Beat Writer
For years, the Northern Michigan Wildcat hockey team has been a contender in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Entering last season, the 'Cats were ranked 19th and had a roster loaded with veterans and NHL draft picks.
NMU stumbled out of the gates, though, and the team never seemed to develop a strong chemistry on the ice. When the season concluded, Northern had finished 10th in the CCHA and held a surprising 15-24-2 overall record. For the first time since the 2000-01 season, the Wildcats failed to advance through the CCHA playoffs and on to the Joe Louis Arena.
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