NAIA Ice Hockey Championship

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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) held a men's national ice hockey championship from 1968 to 1984 when ice hockey was dropped as an NAIA sport.

Winners of the NAIA national ice hockey championship[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up
1968 Bemidji State 5-4 (ot) Lake Superior State
1969 Bemidji State 6-2 Lake Superior State
1970 Bemidji State 7-4 Lake Superior State
1971 Bemidji State 6-2 Lakehead
1972 Lake Superior State 9-3 Gustavus Adolphus
1973 Bemidji State 3-2 (ot) Lakehead
1974 Lake Superior State 4-1 Bemidji State
1975 St. Scholastica 7-1 Gustavus Adolphus
1976 Wisconsin–Superior 8-5 St. Scholastica
1977 St. Scholastica 3-2 Gustavus Adolphus
1978 Augsburg 4-3 Bemidji State
1979 Bemidji State 5-1 Concordia Moorhead
1980 Bemidji State 4-3 Michigan–Dearborn
1981 Augsburg 8-3 Wisconsin–Superior
1982 Augsburg 6-3 Bemidji State
1983 Wisconsin–River Falls 12-5 Michigan–Dearborn
1984 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 6-1 Michigan–Dearborn

Recent History[edit]

During the summer of 2015, a group of schools fielding the sport began working with the NAIA administrators in an effort to gain emerging sport status and work to eventually sponsoring the sport at the championship level again.[1][2] The NAIA requires a minimum of 15 schools to sponsor a sport at the varsity level to begin the process from emerging to championship categories.[3]

Current NAIA schools fielding hockey teams[edit]

Institution Location Enrollment Nickname Current Hockey Affiliation
Aquinas College Grand Rapids, Michigan 2,100 Saints ACHA
University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia 50,304 Thunderbirds CIS
Carroll College Helena, Montana 1,502 Fighting Saints ACHA
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan 11,733 Panthers ACHA
Dordt College Sioux Center, Iowa 1,300 Defenders ACHA
Holy Cross College Notre Dame, Indiana 500 Saints ACHA
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, Indiana 3,500 Warriors ACHA
University of Jamestown Jamestown, North Dakota 967 Jimmies ACHA (starting 2016)
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan 4,000 Blue Devils ACHA
Lindenwood University – Belleville Belleville, Illinois 2,600 Lynx ACHA
Life University Marietta, Georgia 2,800 Running Eagles ACHA
University of Michigan–Dearborn Dearborn, Michigan 8,635 Wolverines ACHA
Midland University Fremont, Nebraska 1300 Warriors ACHA
Montana Tech Butte, Montana 2,694 Orediggers ACHA
Robert Morris University Chicago, Illinois 7,000 Eagles ACHA
Rochester College Rochester Hills, Michigan 1,084 Warriors ACHA
St. Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa 3,607 Fighting Bees Independent club
University of Victoria Victoria, British Columbia 16,961 Vikes BCIHL

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Ice Hockey". NAIA. August 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  2. ^ "ICE HOCKEY – POTENTIAL FOR RETURN TO NAIA" (PDF). NAIA-ADA. September 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Emerging Sports Webinar". NAIA. October 8, 2014. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 

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