Northern Collegiate Hockey Association

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Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association logo
Established 1981
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 10
Sports fielded Ice hockey (men's: 10 teams; women's: 7 teams)
Region Midwestern United States
Commissioner G. Steven Larson (since 2013)
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association locations

The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) is a college athletic conference which operates in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the midwestern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference.

The conference was founded in 1980 as a loose association of six schools in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. The league was formalized the next year.[1]

In the summer of 2012, the five schools in the University of Wisconsin System announced that they would leave the conference to begin playing hockey in their all-sports conference, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.[2][3] The move would have left only two men's teams in the NCHA, leading St. Norbert and St. Scholastica to join the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA).[4] 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 7 who also sponsored women's hockey played in the NCHA).[5] The men's and women's sides will retain separate administrative structures, as well as their automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.[6]



School Location


Nickname Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined Primary Conference
Adrian College Adrian, Michigan


Bulldogs 1859 Private 1,400 Men: 2013
Women: 2009
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Aurora University Aurora, Illinois


Spartans 1893 Private 4,400 Men: 2015

Women: 2017

Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon, Wisconsin


Falcons 1880 Private/Lutheran (LCMS) 1,600 Men: 2013
Women: 2007
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Finlandia University Hancock, Michigan


Lions 1896 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 550 Men: 2013
Women: 2003
Men: Independent
Women: Great South Athletic Conference
Lake Forest College Lake Forest, Illinois


Foresters 1857 Private 1,417 Men: 1992–2009, 2013
Women: 2000
Midwest Conference
Lawrence University Appleton, Wisconsin


Vikings 1847 Private 1,469 Men: 2013 Midwest Conference
Marian University Fond du Lac, Wisconsin


Sabres 1936 Private/Catholic 1,411 Men: 2013
Women: 2009
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Raiders 1903 Private 2,300 Men: 2013 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Northland College Ashland, Wisconsin


Lumberjacks 1906 Private/United Church of Christ 700 Men: 2013

Women: 2016

Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
St. Norbert College De Pere, Wisconsin


Green Knights 1898 Private/Catholic 2,015 Men: 1994
Women: 2010
Midwest Conference
The College of St. Scholastica Duluth, Minnesota


Saints 1912 Private/Catholic 3,309 Men: 1983–1991, 1994
Women: 2010
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference


School Location Nickname Founded Affiliation Teams Year Joined Year Left Subsequent
Bemidji State University Bemidji, Minnesota Beavers 1919 Public Men Men: 1981 Men: 1999 CHA (D-I) WCHA (D-I)
Minnesota State University, Mankato Mankato, Minnesota Mavericks 1868 Public Men Men: 1981 Men: 1992 D-II Independent WCHA (D-I)
St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minnesota Huskies 1868 Public Men Men: 1981 Men: 1987 D-I Independent NCHC (D-I)
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wisconsin Blugolds 1916 Public Both Men: 1981
Women: 2000
Men: 2013
Women: 2013
University of Wisconsin–River Falls River Falls, Wisconsin Falcons 1874 Public Both Men: 1981
Women: 2000
Men: 2013
Women: 2013
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wisconsin Pointers 1894 Public Both Men: 1987
Women: 2000
Men: 2013
Women: 2013
University of Wisconsin–Stout Menomonie, Wisconsin Blue Devils 1891 Public Both Men: 1996 Men: 2013 WIAC
University of Wisconsin–Superior Superior, Wisconsin Yellowjackets 1893 Public Both Men: 1981
Women: 2000
Men: 2013
Women: 2013

Membership timeline[edit]

Northland College (Wisconsin) Milwaukee School of Engineering Lawrence University Marian University (Wisconsin) Adrian College Concordia University Wisconsin Finlandia University University of Wisconsin–Stout St. Norbert College Lake Forest College University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point College of St. Scholastica University of Wisconsin–Superior University of Wisconsin–River Falls University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Bemidji State University Minnesota State University, Mankato St. Cloud State University



Season Regular Season Tournament
1981–82 Bemidji State
1982–83 Bemidji State
1983–84 Bemidji State^
1984–85 Bemidji State
1985–86 Bemidji State
Mankato State
Bemidji State^
1986–87 St. Cloud State
Mankato State
Bemidji State
1987–88 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls^
1988–89 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point^
1989–90 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point^
1990–91 Bemidji State
Mankato State
UW–Stevens Point^
1991–92 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point
1992–93 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point^
1993–94 UW–Superior UW–Superior^
1994–95 Bemidji State Bemidji State
1995–96 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls
1996–97 St. Norbert UW–Superior
1997–98 St. Norbert St. Norbert
1998–99 St. Norbert St. Norbert
1999–2000 UW–Stevens Point UW–Superior
2000–01 UW–Superior UW–Superior
2001–02 St. Norbert UW–Superior^
2002–03 St. Norbert St. Norbert
2003–04 St. Norbert St. Norbert
2004–05 St. Norbert St. Norbert
2005–06 St. Norbert UW–Superior
2006–07 St. Norbert
UW–River Falls
2007–08 St. Norbert St. Norbert^
2008–09 UW–Superior UW–Stout
2009–10 St. Norbert St. Norbert
2010–11 St. Norbert St. Norbert^
2011–12 St. Norbert St. Norbert^
2012–13 UW–Eau Claire St. Norbert
2013-14 St. Norbert St. Norbert^
2014-15 Adrian


Season Regular Season Tournament
2000–01 UW–Superior UW–River Falls
2001–02 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point
2002–03 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls
2003–04 UW–Superior UW–Stevens Point
2004–05 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point
2005–06 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point
2006–07 UW–Superior UW–Stevens Point
2007–08 UW–Superior UW–Superior
2008–09 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls
2009–10 Lake Forest UW–River Falls
2010–11 UW–River Falls Adrian
2011–12 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls
2012–13 UW–River Falls St. Norbert
2013–14 Lake Forest Lake Forest
2014-15 Adrian

^ Won National Championship


School Arena Capacity
Adrian Arrington Ice Arena 500
Concordia Wisconsin Ozaukee Ice Center 1,000
Finlandia Houghton County Arena 1200
Lake Forest Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse 1,000
Lawrence Appleton Family Ice Center 1,200
Marian Blue Line Family Ice Center 2,000
Milwaukee Engineering Kern Center 800
Northland Bay Area Civic Center 1,000
St. Norbert Cornerstone Community Center 2,000
St. Scholastica Mars Lakeview Arena 1,500

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A History of the NCHA". Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. Archived from the original on May 22, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Hodkiewicz, Weston (February 15, 2012). "Wisconsin state schools’ move away from NCHA ‘a shock to the system,’ St. Norbert coach says". Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Staff (April 24, 2012). "WIAC schools to leave NCHA after 2012-13 season". Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Staff (June 20, 2012). "St. Norbert, St. Scholastica moving to MCHA for 2013-14 season". Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ Carito, Katie (April 24, 2013). "NCHA is reborn". Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "MCHA Renamed NCHA | New Structure Approved". Press release. Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. April 22, 2013. Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 

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