Western Collegiate Club Hockey Association

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Western Collegiate Club Hockey Association
(WCCHA)
Established 2003
Association ACHA
Division Division II
Members 6
Sports fielded Ice hockey
Region Upper Midwest
Headquarters Minneapolis, Minnesota
Commissioner Ryan Donovan (04-Present)
Website WCCHA website
Locations
Western Collegiate Club Hockey Association locations

The Western Collegiate Club Hockey Association (WCCHA) is a conference of men's club ice hockey teams from the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) competing at the Division II level. The participating teams come from colleges and universities in the Upper Midwest, including North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Each season, teams in the conference play two games against every other team that count towards the conference standings. The overall standings are used to seed the teams for the conference tournament, which is held each year in mid-February to determine the WCCHA champion.

Teams[edit]

Institution Location Joined league WCCHA titles
Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota 2003 4
Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minnesota 2003, 2010, 2016 1
Minnesota State Mankato, Minnesota 2003, 2015 3
North Dakota State University Fargo, North Dakota 2014 0
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 2015 0
St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minnesota 2003 3
St. Thomas St. Paul, Minnesota 2006 1
Winona State Winona, Minnesota 2016 0
Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin 2009 0
Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wisconsin 2013 2
Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse, Wisconsin 2016 0

Past member teams[edit]

History[edit]

The Western Collegiate Club Hockey Association was formed in March 2003 at the initial league meeting at Coffman Memorial Union on the campus of the Minnesota-Minneapolis. The five original members were Michigan Tech, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State.

Past Champions[edit]

Season Winner
2003-04 Minnesota
2004-05 Minnesota State, Mankato
2005-06 Minnesota
2006-07 St. Cloud State
2007-08 Minnesota
2008-09 Minnesota State, Mankato
2009-10 St. Cloud State
2010-11 Minnesota
2011-12 St. Cloud State
2012-13 Minnesota-Duluth
2013-14 St. Thomas
2014-15 UW-Eau Claire
2015-16 UW-Eau Claire
2016-17 Minnesota State, Mankato

WCCHA at Regionals[edit]

Since regional play began, the WCCHA has been represented at the Central Regional Tournament ten times. Regional winners move on to play in the ACHA National Tournament.

2006-07: Minnesota State becomes the first conference team to qualify.

2007-08: St. Thomas qualified.

2008-09: St. Thomas lost in the Regional Final.

2009-10: St. Thomas qualified.

2010-11: St. Cloud State qualified.

2011-12: St. Cloud State qualified.

2012-13: Northern Michigan faced Michigan State, losing 1-0 in Overtime. Michigan State would go on to become the Division II National Champion.[1]

2013-14: Waldorf College faced Illinois State, losing 8-1.

2015-16: #12 North Dakota faced #9 Michigan State, losing 4-2.

2016-17: #12 Minnesota State faced #9 Michigan, losing 5-4 in Overtime.

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