Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association
|Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association
|Sports fielded||Ice hockey (men's: yes; women's: no)|
|Region||Midwestern United States|
|Commissioner||G. Steven Larson (since 2010)|
Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association was a college athletic conference which operated in the midwestern United States. It participated in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference. The conference included only men's teams.
The league was founded in 1998 with six teams: Benedictine University, the University of Findlay, Lawrence University, Marian University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Northland College. After one year in the conference, Benedictine dropped hockey, and Findlay moved to the Division I College Hockey America conference. The University of Minnesota Crookston joined in 1999. As a Division II school, Minnesota Crookston operated the hockey team with no scholarships like the other Division III members of the league. While they competed in the conference championship, they were ineligible for the NCAA Division III Tournament, but they were eligible for the Harris Cup. Minnesota–Crookston dropped varsity hockey after the 2008–09 season and was replaced by Lake Forest.
In the summer of 2012, the five hockey-playing schools in the University of Wisconsin System announced that they would leave the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) to begin playing hockey in their all-sports conference, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The move would have left only two men's teams in the NCHA, leading St. Norbert College and the College of St. Scholastica to join the MCHA. In April 2013, the NCHA and MCHA announced a merger, where the NCHA would absorb the MCHA's teams (of the MCHA's 10 schools, all seven who also sponsored women's hockey played in the NCHA). The men's and women's sides will retain separate administrative structures, as well as their automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.
|Adrian College||Adrian, Michigan||Bulldogs||1859||Private/Methodist||2007||2013||NCHA|
|Benedictine University||Lisle, Illinois||Eagles||1887||Private/Catholic||1998||1999||Dropped program|
|Concordia University Wisconsin||Mequon, Wisconsin||Falcons||1880||Private/Lutheran (LCMS)||2007||2013||NCHA|
|University of Findlay||Findlay, Ohio||Oilers||1882||Private||1998||1999||CHA (D-I)||Dropped program (2004)|
|Finlandia University||Hancock, Michigan||Lions||1896||Private/Lutheran (ELCA)||2004||2013||NCHA|
|Lake Forest College||Lake Forest, Illinois||Foresters||1857||Private||2009||2013||NCHA|
|Lawrence University||Appleton, Wisconsin||Vikings||1847||Private||1998||2013||NCHA|
|Marian University||Fond du Lac, Wisconsin||Sabres||1936||Private/Catholic||1998||2013||NCHA|
|Milwaukee School of Engineering||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Raiders||1903||Private||1998||2013||NCHA|
|University of Minnesota Crookston||Crookston, Minnesota||Golden Eagles||1905||Public||1999||2009||Dropped program|
|Northland College||Ashland, Wisconsin||Lumberjacks||1906||Private/United Church of Christ||1998||2013||NCHA|
- MCHA regular season champions
- 1998–99: Findlay
- 1999–2000: UM–Crookston
- 2000–01: UM–Crookston
- 2002–03: UM–Crookston
- 2001–02: Marian
- 2003–04: Marian
- 2004–05: MSOE
- 2005–06: MSOE
- 2006–07: MSOE
- 2007–08: Adrian
- 2008–09: Adrian
- 2009–10: Adrian
- 2010–11: Adrian
- 2011–12: Adrian
- 2012–13: Adrian
- Harris Cup Champions (playoffs)
- 2002: Marian
- 2003: UM–Crookston
- 2004: UM–Crookston
- 2005: MSOE
- 2006: MSOE
- 2007: Finlandia
- 2008: Adrian
- 2009: Adrian
- 2010: Adrian
- 2011: Adrian
- 2012: MSOE
- 2013: Adrian
- NCAA Tournament Results
- 2010 Adrian
- First Round vs. St. Norbert College L 3–4
- 2011 Adrian
- 2012 MSOE
- First Round vs. Gustavus Adolphus College L 1–3
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- "MCHA Renamed NCHA | New Structure Approved". Press release. Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. April 22, 2013. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.