College Hockey Mid-America

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College Hockey Mid-America
College Hockey Mid-America logo
Established 2006
Association ACHA
Division Division I
Members 8
Sports fielded Men's ice hockey
Region Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia
Headquarters Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Commissioner Andy Mecs
Website CHMA Website
College Hockey Mid-America locations

College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA) is an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I club ice hockey conference with teams in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The league was formed in 2006 after members of the now defunct University Hockey League organized the league and moved from the ACHA's Division II to Division I.

Season format[edit]

The conference formed in 2006 after members of the now defunct University Hockey League organized the league and moved from the ACHA's Division II to Division I. With eight members, each CHMA team plays every other team in a home and away series, producing a regular season of 14 games. The regular season champion receives an automatic bid to the ACHA Division I National Tournament. Additionally, each year, the league holds single-elimination playoff tournament. In 2010, season champion Slippery Rock declined their bid to the national tournament. In 2012, the conference experienced expansion when Mercyhurst and Robert Morris joined.[1]


Of the eight member schools, four compete at the Division I level of NCAA, three at Division II (all within the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference), and one at Division III.

School Location Nickname Primary conference Website Team Colors
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA Dukes Atlantic 10 (DI) [1]          
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA Crimson Hawks PSAC (DII) [2]          
John Carroll University University Heights, OH Blue Streaks Ohio Athletic Conference (DIII) [3]          
Mercyhurst University Erie, PA Lakers PSAC (D-II) [4]          
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Panthers Atlantic Coast Conference (DI) [5]          
Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA Colonials Northeast Conference (D-I) [6]          
Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock, PA Pride PSAC (DII) [7]          
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV Mountaineers Big 12 Conference (DI) [8]          
  • Mercyhurst and Robert Morris joined in 2012.

Note: Mercyhurst and Robert Morris have NCAA Division I hockey teams competing in Atlantic Hockey.

Conference arenas[edit]

School Home arena Location Capacity
Duquesne Airport Ice Arena Moon Township, Pennsylvania
IUP S&T Bank Arena Indiana, Pennsylvania 1,000
John Carroll Gilmore Academy Ice Arena Gates Mills, Ohio 800
Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Ice Center Erie, Pennsylvania 1,500
Pittsburgh BladeRunners Harmarville, Pennsylvania 1,200
Robert Morris 84 Lumber Arena Neville Township, Pennsylvania 1,200
Slippery Rock BladeRunners Warrendale, Pennsylvania 900
West Virginia Morgantown Municipal Ice Arena Morgantown, West Virginia 500

Former Members[edit]

Past Champions[edit]

Season Regular season Tournament Tournament site
2006-2007 Washington & Jefferson Duquesne BladeRunners, Harmarville, Pennsylvania
2007-2008 West Virginia Washington & Jefferson Ice Zone, Boardman, Ohio
2008-2009 Duquesne Duquesne Ice Castle Arena, Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania
2009-2010 Slippery Rock West Virginia S&T Bank Arena, Indiana, Pennsylvania
2010-2011 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock WesBanco Arena, Wheeling, West Virginia
2011-2012 West Virginia West Virginia BladeRunners, Harmarville, Pennsylvania
2012-2013 John Carroll Mercyhurst S&T Bank Arena, Indiana, Pennsylvania
2013-2014 West Virginia West Virginia Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, Ohio
2014-2015 Robert Morris Robert Morris BladeRunners, Harmarville, Pennsylvania

National Tournament results[edit]

Since the 2007–08 season, the conference's regular season champion receives an automatic bid to the Division I national tournament. In the conference's first season in 2006–07, West Virginia earned a spot in the tournament based on their national ranking, winning neither the regular season nor the conference tournament. Washington & Jefferson College also earned a berth to the 2006-07 ACHA Division I National Tournament having won the CHMA regular season title and ranking 14th overall. In the 2014-2015 season, the conference saw two teams represented for the second time in nine seasons.

  • 2015: #18 Robert Morris defeated in first round by #15 Niagara / #20 John Carroll (HOST) defeated in first round by #13 Illinois.
  • 2014: #20 West Virginia defeated in first round by #13 Navy.
  • 2013: #20 John Carroll defeated in first round by #13 Liberty.
  • 2012: #17 West Virginia defeated #16 Rutgers in first round; was defeated in second round by #1 Penn State.
  • 2011: #16 Slippery Rock defeated in first round by #1 Lindenwood; won 15th-place consolation game against #15 Rutgers.
  • 2010: Slippery Rock declined invitation, was not replaced by another conference team.
  • 2009: #15 Duquesne defeated in first round by #2 Penn State.
  • 2008: #14 West Virginia defeated in first round by #3 Penn State.
  • 2007: #13 West Virginia defeated in first round by #4 Rhode Island; won 13th-place consolation game against #9 Kent State / #14 Washington & Jefferson defeated in first round by #3 Illinois; lost 15th place consolation game against #16 Robert Morris (PA).


  1. ^ "Robert Morris to Join CHMA in 2012". Robert Morris Colonials. December 18, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 

See also[edit]

Media related to College Hockey Mid-America at Wikimedia Commons

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