Western Collegiate Hockey League
|Western Collegiate Hockey League
|Sports fielded||Ice hockey (men's: yes; women's: no)|
|Region||Western United States|
The league was announced in late 2012 and played its first season in the ACHA in 2013-14 with six member teams. Arizona, Arizona State, Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma joined the league after participating as ACHA D-1 Independents. Those four schools joined Colorado and Colorado State who made the transition to ACHA D-1 from ACHA D-2.
The league's first membership change occurred on November 18, 2014 when Arizona State announced the addition of NCAA Division I ice hockey for the 2015-16 season. This move left the WCHL with five members until the league announced the additions of Arkansas, who created a new ACHA D-1 level team after years of success at the ACHA D-3 level, and Missouri State, who moved up from the ACHA D-2 level, on January 12, 2015.
In their first two years of competition, WCHL teams have won the ACHA National Championship. Arizona State defeated Robert Morris for the 2013 title. The following season Central Oklahoma defeated Stony Brook for the league's second national title.
In the league's first two seasons, each member team played 16 league games, including three games against each interstate league opponent and four games against each intrastate opponent. After the membership shuffle, for at least the 2015-16 season, each team will play an unbalanced league schedule between 14 and 22 games.
|University of Arizona||Tucson, AZ||1885||Public||38,057||Wildcats||Pac-12 (D-I)|
|University of Arkansas||Fayetteville, AR||1871||Public||26,301||Razorbacks||SEC (D-I)|
|University of Central Oklahoma||Edmond, OK||1890||Public||17,101||Bronchos||MIAA (D-II)|
|University of Colorado||Boulder, CO||1876||Public||29,884||Buffaloes||Pac-12 (D-I)|
|Colorado State University||Fort Collins, CO||1870||Public||24,875||Rams||Mountain West (D-I)|
|Missouri State University||Springfield, MO||1905||Public||22,385||Bears||MVC (D-I)|
|University of Oklahoma||Norman, OK||1890||Public||29,721||Sooners||Big 12 (D-I)|
|Arizona||Tucson Convention Center||7,712|
|Arkansas||The Jones Center||500|
|Central Oklahoma||Arctic Edge Ice Arena||500|
|Colorado||University of Colorado Ice Arena||1,000|
|Colorado State||NoCo Ice Center||500|
|Missouri State||Mediacom Ice Park||1,100|
|Oklahoma||Blazers Ice Centre||750|
- "Western Collegiate Hockey League To Begin Play in 2013-2014". ACHA. November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- "Four New Teams Join Men's Division 1 for 2013-2014". ACHA. October 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- "WCHL ADDS MISSOURI STATE AND ARKANSAS FOR 2015-2016". WCHL. January 12, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- Official WCHL website
- Arizona Wildcats
- Arkansas Razorbacks
- Central Oklahoma Bronchos
- Colorado Buffaloes
- Colorado State Rams
- Missouri State Ice Bears
- Oklahoma Sooners