Central Collegiate Hockey Association
|Central Collegiate Hockey Association
|Sports fielded||Ice hockey (men's: yes; women's: no)|
|Region||Midwestern United States and Alaska|
|Headquarters||Farmington Hills, Michigan|
The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) was a college athletic conference that participated in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference. The majority of its members were located in the states of Michigan and Ohio, although it also had teams located in Alaska and Indiana.
In 2010, a chain of conference realignments surrounding college hockey began when Penn State announced it would join NCAA Division I ice hockey. Penn State's move meant the Big Ten Conference would have enough hockey playing members to gain an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament for its champion. When the Big Ten voted to officially sponsor Division I ice hockey, those teams, including three from the CCHA, moved to Big Ten play beginning in the 2013-14 season. Miami and Western Michigan left to form the NCHC, Notre Dame joined Hockey East, and the rest moved to the WCHA, which itself had been depleted by the Big Ten and NCHC. The CCHA officially disbanded after the 2012-13 season. The final CCHA game was the 2013 CCHA Championship, held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on March 24th, 2013, in which Notre Dame beat Michigan 3-1 to win the final Mason Cup championship.
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Realignment and discontinuation 
Pennsylvania State University announced on September 17, 2010 the transition of its men's and women's American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) programs to NCAA Division I status in 2012. Just over a month earlier, then-commissioner Tom Anastos publicly stated that the CCHA would strongly consider adding Penn State as the conference's 12th member. Instead, the league was left to deal with the imminent departures of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State when the Big Ten Conference disclosed on March 21, 2011 its intention to establish a men's ice hockey circuit to begin play in the 2013–14 season. Joining the exiting CCHA members will be the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), as well as Penn State.
The next school slated to leave the CCHA in 2013 was Miami University which became a charter member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) on July 15, 2011. Western Michigan accepted an invitation to join the new league just over two months later on September 22.
The demise of the CCHA was further accelerated when five members decided to move to the WCHA following the 2012–13 campaign. Northern Michigan University, returning to the WCHA after leaving in 1997, was the first to make the announcement on July 20, followed by Alaska, Ferris State and Lake Superior State on August 26 and Bowling Green on October 4.
Ohio State is the only member with a varsity women's team; they play in the WCHA.
Former members 
- University of Illinois at Chicago, 1982–1996
- Kent State University, 1992–1994
- Michigan Technological University, 1981–1984, now in the WCHA
- University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1999-2010, now in the WCHA
- Ohio University, 1971–1973
- Saint Louis University, 1971–1979
With the exception of Michigan Tech and Nebraska-Omaha, all former members dropped varsity hockey.
Membership timeline 
Team championships 
- Alaska Nanooks
- Bowling Green Falcons
- 5-time CCHA tournament champions (1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1988)
- 7-time CCHA champions (1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987)
- 1-time NCAA champions (1984)
- Ferris State Bulldogs
- 2-time CCHA champions (2003, 2012)
- Lake Superior State Lakers
- 4-time CCHA tournament champions (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995)
- 4-time CCHA champions (1974, 1988, 1991, 1996)
- 3-time NCAA champions (1988, 1992, 1994)
- 2-time NAIA champions (1972, 1974)
- Miami RedHawks
- 1-time CCHA tournament champions (2011)
- 4-time CCHA champions (1993, 2006, 2010, 2013)
- Michigan Wolverines
- 9-time CCHA tournament champions (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010)
- 11-time CCHA champions (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011)
- 9-time NCAA champions (1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1996, 1998)
- Michigan State Spartans
- 11-time CCHA tournament champions (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006)
- 7-time CCHA champions (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001)
- 3-time NCAA champions (1966, 1986, 2007)
- Northern Michigan Wildcats
- 2-time CCHA tournament champions (1980, 1981)
- 2-time CCHA champions (1980, 1981)
- 1-time NCAA champions (1991)
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- 3-time CCHA tournament champions (2007, 2009, 2013)
- 2-time CCHA champions (2007, 2009)
- Ohio State Buckeyes (women compete in Western Collegiate Hockey Association)
- 2-time CCHA tournament champions (1972, 2004)
- 1-time CCHA champions (1972)
- Western Michigan Broncos
- 2-time CCHA tournament champions (1986, 2012)
List of CCHA regular season champions 
Conference arenas 
|Bowling Green||BGSU Ice Arena||5,000|
|Ferris State||Robert L. Ewigleben Arena||2,493|
|Lake Superior State||Taffy Abel Arena||4,000|
|Miami||Steve Cady Arena||3,642|
|Michigan||Yost Ice Arena||6,637|
|Michigan State||Munn Ice Arena||6,470|
|Northern Michigan||Berry Events Center||3,902|
|Notre Dame||Compton Family Ice Arena||5,022|
|Ohio State||Value City Arena||17,500|
|Western Michigan||Lawson Arena||3,667|
|Tournament||Joe Louis Arena||20,066|
All-Decade Teams 
1970s All-Decade Team 
1970s All-Decade Team
1980s All-Decade Team 
1980s All-Decade Team
1990s All-Decade Team 
1990s All-Decade Team
2000-2013 All-Decade Team 
2000-2013 All-Decade Team
- "Penn State to Add Men's and Women's Varsity Ice Hockey," Pennsylvania State University Athletics, Friday, September 17, 2010.
- Gholston, Sandy (August 10, 2010). "Anastos to the Detroit News: Penn State 'very attractive' to the CCHA". Mlive.com. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- Staff (March 21, 2011). "Big Ten confirms plan to sponsor hockey starting in 2013–14 season". USCHO. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
- "New DI hockey conference formed," NCAA.com, Friday, July 15, 2011.
- "WMU To Join National Collegiate Hockey Conference," Western Michigan University Athletics, Thursday, September 22, 2011.
- "Northern Michigan to Rejoin WCHA Family," Western Collegiate Hockey Association press release, Wednesday, July 20, 2011.
- "College hockey: Lake Superior State, Ferris State, Alaska-Fairbanks join WCHA," The Bemidji (MN) Pioneer, Saturday, August 27, 2011.
- "Bowling Green State University to Join WCHA Family," Western Collegiate Hockey Association press release, Wednesday, October 4, 2011.
- "Notre Dame joining Hockey East". Associated Press. October 5, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
- "CCHA Announces All-Decade Teams". March 29, 2001.
- "CCHA Names All-Decade Team for 2000-2013". January 23, 2013.