National Collegiate Hockey Conference
|National Collegiate Hockey Conference|
|Established||2011 (began play in 2013)|
|Sports fielded||Ice hockey|
|Region||Midwestern United States
Western United States
|Headquarters||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) is an NCAA men's division I hockey conference formed on July 9, 2011. The league is a combination of six previous members of the WCHA and two of the CCHA, the league will begin conference play for the 2013–2014 season, the same season that the Big Ten Conference will begin competition. At a July 13, 2011 press conference at the Penrose House, the name of the conference was announced. On August 23, 2011 the league announced that it would be headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Josh Fenton was named conference commissioner July 1, 2013, replacing inaugural commissioner Jim Scherr.
When the Big Ten Hockey Conference was announced on March 21, 2011–Penn State having added a hockey team to bring the number of Big Ten members with men's hockey teams to six–the college hockey landscape was shaken. Some of the remaining teams of the soon to be diminished WCHA (facing the loss of the Minnesota Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers in the future) and the CCHA (facing the loss of the Michigan Wolverines, the Michigan State Spartans, and Ohio State Buckeyes in the future) began talks to form a league that would ensure their survival as financially strong and successful programs.
These talks were first revealed by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald on July 1, 2011, leading to speculation over what teams would be considered and what the impact of this league was on the rest of the college hockey landscape. On July 9, 2011, the athletic directors of the six founding schools, Colorado College, the University of Denver, Miami University, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of Nebraska Omaha, and the University of North Dakota, confirmed these reports by announcing the conference officially and giving the date for a press conference for further information on July 13, 2011.
At the July 13, 2011 press conference, Brian Faison, athletic director of the University of North Dakota, and one of the main speakers said that the motivation for this conference was to put teams together that "have displayed a high level of competitiveness on the ice, [have] an institutional commitment to compete at the highest level within Division I, provide a national platform for exposure, and have wonderful history and tradition within their institution and hockey programs."
On March 7, 2013 the NCHC unveiled the logo for the inaugural season. It features a shield design with the colors red, white, and blue. Inside the shield are eight stars, presumably representing the eight inaugural members, and a hockey stick on the bottom left.
|Colorado College||Colorado Springs, Colorado||1874||WCHA||Private||1,950||Tigers||Black & Gold
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||1864||WCHA||Private||11,842||Pioneers||Crimson & Gold
|Miami University||Oxford, Ohio||1809||CCHA||Public||15,726||RedHawks||Red & White
|University of Minnesota Duluth||Duluth, Minnesota||1947||WCHA||Public||10,500||Bulldogs||Maroon & Gold
||1||Northern Sun (D-II)|
|University of Nebraska-Omaha||Omaha, Nebraska||1908||WCHA||Public||14,903||Mavericks||Crimson & Black
|University of North Dakota||Grand Forks, North Dakota||1883||WCHA||Public||15,250||None||Kelly Green, White, & Black
|St. Cloud State University||St. Cloud, Minnesota||1869||WCHA||Public||17,073||Huskies||Cardinal Red & Black
||0||Northern Sun (D-II)|
|Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo, Michigan||1903||CCHA||Public||25,045||Broncos||Brown & Gold
The NCHC boasts some of the largest and most modern arenas in college hockey.
|School||Hockey arena||Year built||Capacity|
|Colorado College||World Arena||1998||7,750|
|Miami||Goggin Ice Center||2006||3,200|
|North Dakota||Ralph Engelstad Arena||2001||11,640|
|Nebraska-Omaha||CenturyLink Center Omaha||2003||16,500|
|St. Cloud State||Herb Brooks National Hockey Center||1989||5,763|
|Western Michigan||Lawson Arena||1974||3,667|
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