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

Year-by-Year Results[edit]

1968 Tournament[edit]

St. Paul Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota

  Semifinals
March 8
National Championship
March 9
                     
 Bemidji State 11  
 Boston State 0  
   Bemidji State 5*  
   Lake Superior State 4  
 Lake Superior State 7
 Gustavus Adolphus 1     Third Place Game
   Gustavus Adolphus 7
   Boston State 6

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

1969 Tournament[edit]

Pullar Stadium, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

  Semifinals
March 7
National Championship
March 8
                     
 Bemidji State 13  
 Salem State 2  
   Bemidji State 6  
   Lake Superior State 2  
 Lake Superior State 6
 Gustavus Adolphus 2     Third Place Game
   Gustavus Adolphus 6
   Salem State 2


1970 Tournament[edit]

Pullar Stadium, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

  Semifinals
March 6
National Championship
March 7
                     
 Bemidji State 5  
 Gustavus Adolphus 2  
   Bemidji State 7  
   Lake Superior State 4  
 Lake Superior State 22
 Alaska Pacific^ 3     Third Place Game
   Gustavus Adolphus 11
   Alaska Pacific^ 3

Notes: ^ then known as Alaska Methodist

1971 Tournament[edit]

John S. Glas Fieldhouse, Bemidji, Minnesota

  Semifinals
March 6
National Championship
March 7
                     
 Bemidji State  
 Augsburg  
   Bemidji State 6  
   Lakehead 2  
 Lakehead
 Gustavus Adolphus     Third Place Game
   Augsburg 8
   Gustavus Adolphus 6


1972 Tournament[edit]

Wessman Arena, Superior, Wisconsin

  Semifinals
March 4
National Championship
March 5
                     
 Lake Superior State 12  
 Wisconsin-Superior 2  
   Lake Superior State 9  
   Gustavus Adolphus 3  
 Gustavus Adolphus 5
 St. Thomas 3     Third Place Game
   Wisconsin-Superior 8
   St. Thomas 3


1973 Tournament[edit]

Fort William Gardens, Lakehead, Ontario

  First Round
March 1
    Semifinals
March 2
    National Championship
March 3
                           
        3  Bemidji State 6  
   Bemidji State 8     2  Gustavus Adolphus 3    
   Boston State 1         3  Bemidji State 3*
      4  Lakehead 2
        4  Lakehead 8    
   Lakehead 8     1  Lake Superior State 4   Third place
   Augsburg 7    Lake Superior State 11
   Gustavus Adolphus 3

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

1974 Tournament[edit]

John S. Glas Fieldhouse, Bemidji, Minnesota

  First Round
March 1
    Semifinals
March 2
    National Championship
March 3
                           
         Lake Superior State 9  
   Lake Superior State 7      St. Thomas 2    
   Concordia (Moorhead) 1          Lake Superior State 4
       Bemidji State 1
         Bemidji State 4    
   Gustavus Adolphus 10      Gustavus Adolphus 2   Third place
   Wisconsin-Superior 2    Gustavus Adolphus 6
   St. Thomas 5

1975 Tournament[edit]

Wessman Arena, Superior, Wisconsin

  First Round
March 1
Semifinals
March 2
National Championship
March 3
                           
   St. Scholastica 9  
 Wisconsin-Stout 0  
   St. Scholastica '  
   Augsburg  
 Augsburg 9
   Wisconsin-Superior 5  
     St. Scholastica 7
   Gustavus Adolphus 1
   Gustavus Adolphus 8  
 Wisconsin-River Falls 0  
   Gustavus Adolphus 8 Third place
   St. Thomas 3  
 St. Thomas 8  St. Thomas 8
   Lakehead 4    Augsburg 4

1976 Tournament[edit]

Wessman Arena, Superior, Wisconsin

  First Round
February 27
Semifinals
February 28
National Championship
March 1
                           
  1  Bemidji State 4  
8  Wisconsin-Stout 2  
  1  Bemidji State 3  
  4  Wisconsin-Superior 4  
4  Wisconsin-Superior 10
  5  Wisconsin-River Falls# 3  
    4  Wisconsin-Superior 8
  3  St. Scholastica 5
  3  St. Scholastica 8  
6  Augsburg 0  
  2  Gustavus Adolphus 5 Third place
  3  St. Scholastica 6*  
2  Gustavus Adolphus 22 1  Bemidji State 4
  7  Southern Maine^ 1   2  Gustavus Adolphus 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
^ Then known as Maine Portland-Gorham
# Wisconsin-River Falls replaced Chicago State, who had a previously scheduled series with Air Force, February 27-28

1977 Tournament[edit]

Wessman Arena, Superior, Wisconsin

  First Round
February 25
Semifinals
February 26
National Championship
February 27
                           
  1  Bemidji State 11  
8  Univ. of New England^ 0  
  1  Bemidji State 2  
  4  St. Scholastica 4  
4  St. Scholastica 6
  5  Wisconsin-River Falls 4  
    2  Gustavus Adolphus 2
  4  St. Scholastica 3
  3  Augsburg 4  
6  Wisconsin-Superior 3  
  2  Gustavus Adolphus 5 Third place
  3  Augsburg 3  
2  Gustavus Adolphus 10 1  Bemidji State 5
  7  Ferris State 3   3  Augsburg 2

Note: ^ Then known as St. Francis

1978 Tournament[edit]

Coliseum Ice Arena, St. Paul, Minnesota

  First Round
February 24
Semifinals
February 25
National Championship
February 26
                           
  1  Bemidji State 16  
8  Univ. of New England^ 2  
  1  Bemidji State 7  
  5  St. Thomas 1  
4  Gustavus Adolphus
  5  St. Thomas  
    1  Bemidji State 3
  2  Augsburg 4
  3  Wisconsin-River Falls 3  
6  St. Scholastica 2  
  2  Augsburg 10 Third place
  3  Wisconsin-River Falls 2  
2  Augsburg 6 3  Wisconsin-River Falls 3
  7  Ferris State 4   5  St. Thomas 7

Note: ^ Then known as St. Franics

1979 Tournament[edit]

St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

  First Round
February 23
Semifinals
February 24
National Championship
February 25
                           
  1  Bemidji State 17  
8  Univ. of New England^ 1  
  1  Bemidji State 7  
  4  Wisconsin-River Falls 5  
4  Wisconsin-River Falls 4*
  5  Gustavus Adolphus 3  
    1  Bemidji State 5
  7  Concordia-Moorhead 1
  2  Augsburg 3  
7  Concordia (Moorhead) 5  
  3  St. Scholastica 3 Third place
  7  Concordia (Moorhead) 6  
3  St. Scholastica 6 3  St. Scholastica 4
  6  Wisconsin-Superior 4   4  Wisconsin-River Falls 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
^ Then known as St. Franics

1980 Tournament[edit]

St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

  First Round
March 1
Semifinals
March 2
National Championship
March 3
                           
  1  Bemidji State 5  
8  St. Olaf 2  
  1  Bemidji State 8  
  5  Wisconsin-Superior 3  
4  St. Thomas 8
  5  Wisconsin-Superior 13  
    1  Bemidji State 4
  7  Michigan-Dearborn 3
  2  Augsburg 5  
7  Michigan-Dearborn 6  
  6  Wisconsin-River Falls 4 Third place
  7  Michigan-Dearborn 5  
3  Concordia (Moorhead) 4 5  Wisconsin-Superior 11
  6  Wisconsin-River Falls 5   6  Wisconsin-River Falls 4

1981 Tournament[edit]

Hunt Arena, River Falls, Wisconsin

  First Round
March 5
Semifinals
March 6
National Championship
March 7
                           
  1  Bemidji State 5  
8  St. Mary’s 1  
  1  Bemidji State 4  
  4  Wisconsin-Superior 6  
4  Wisconsin-Superior 7
  5  St. Thomas 6  
    2  Augsburg 8
  4  Wisconsin-Superior 3
  2  Augsburg 9  
7  Wisconsin-River Falls 2  
  2  Augsburg 7 Third place
  3  Michigan-Dearborn 4  
3  Michigan-Dearborn 6 1  Bemidji State 11
  6  St. Olaf 4   3  Michigan-Dearborn 2

1982 Tournament[edit]

Wessman Arena, Superior, Wisconsin

  First Round
February 25
Semifinals
February 26
National Championship
February 27
                           
  1  Augsburg 7  
8  Wisconsin-Eau Claire 6  
  1  Augsburg 8  
  4  Michigan-Dearborn 2  
4  Michigan-Dearborn 11
  5  Wisconsin-Superior 7  
    1  Augsburg 6
  2  Bemidji State 3
  2  Bemidji State 6  
7  Hamline 2  
  2  Bemidji State 7 Third place
  3  Wisconsin-River Falls 0  
3  Wisconsin-River Falls 5* 4  Michigan-Dearborn 4
  6  Bethel 4   3  Wisconsin-River Falls 2

1983 Tournament[edit]

Wessman Arena, Superior, Wisconsin

  Semifinals
February 25
National Championship
February 26
                     
 Wisconsin-River Falls 7  
 Nathaniel Hawthorne 0  
   Wisconsin-River Falls 12  
   Michigan-Dearborn 5  
 Michigan-Dearborn 4***
 Wisconsin-Superior 3     Third Place Game
   Wisconsin-Superior 9
   Nathaniel Hawthorne 6

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

1984 Tournament[edit]

Hobbs Municipal Ice Center, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

  Semifinals
March 1
National Championship
March 2
                     
 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 10  
 Roger Williams 5  
   Wisconsin-Eau Claire 6  
   Michigan-Dearborn 1  
 Michigan-Dearborn 6
 Wisconsin-Superior 2     Third Place Game
   Wisconsin-Superior 3
   Roger Williams 2


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
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
Waldorf University Forest City, Iowa 600 Warriors ACHA

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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