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National Collegiate Hockey Conference
National Collegiate Hockey Conference
National Collegiate Hockey Conference logo
Established2011 (began play in 2013)
DivisionDivision I
Sports fielded
RegionMidwestern United States
Western United States
HeadquartersColorado Springs, Colorado
CommissionerJosh Fenton
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The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) is an NCAA men's division I hockey conference formed on July 9, 2011. The league began playing for the 2013-14 season, the same season that the Big Ten Conference began competition, as a combination of six previous members of the WCHA and two of the CCHA. The league is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[1] Josh Fenton has served as conference commissioner since July 1, 2013.[2][3]


The men's college ice hockey landscape was shaken on March 21, 2011 when the Big Ten Hockey Conference was announced, with Penn State having added a hockey team to bring the number of Big Ten members with men's hockey teams to six.[4] The WCHA faced the loss of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers in the future, whereas the CCHA faced the loss of the Michigan Wolverines, the Michigan State Spartans, and Ohio State Buckeyes. Some of the remaining teams of the WCHA and CCHA began talks to form a league that would ensure their survival as financially strong and successful programs.

On July 9, 2011, the athletic directors of the six founding schools, Colorado College, the University of Denver, Miami University, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of Nebraska Omaha, and the University of North Dakota, confirmed these reports by announcing the conference officially and giving the date for a press conference for further information on July 13, 2011.[5]

At the July 13, 2011 press conference, Brian Faison, athletic director of the University of North Dakota, and one of the main speakers said that the motivation for this conference was to put teams together that "have displayed a high level of competitiveness on the ice, [have] an institutional commitment to compete at the highest level within Division I, provide a national platform for exposure, and have wonderful history and tradition within their institution and hockey programs."[6]

On September 22, 2011, St. Cloud State University and Western Michigan University accepted invitations to join the NCHC.[7][8]

On March 7, 2013 the NCHC unveiled the logo for the inaugural season. It features a shield design with the colors red, white, and blue. Inside the shield are eight stars, presumably representing the eight inaugural members, and a hockey stick on the bottom left.


Institution Location Founded Former conference Type Enrollment Nickname Colors NCAA
Primary conference
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 WCHA Private 1,950 Tigers           2 SCAC (D-III)
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 WCHA 11,842 Pioneers           8 Summit League
Miami University Oxford, Ohio 1809 CCHA Public 15,726 RedHawks           0 MAC
University of Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minnesota 1902 WCHA 10,500 Bulldogs           3 Northern Sun (D-II)
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha, Nebraska 1908 WCHA 14,903 Mavericks           0 Summit League
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883 WCHA 15,250 Fighting Hawks           8 Summit League
St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minnesota 1869 WCHA 17,073 Huskies           0 Northern Sun (D-II)
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan 1903 CCHA 25,045 Broncos           0 MAC


Season Regular Season NCHC Tournament Best NCAA Finish
2013-14 St. Cloud State Denver Frozen Four (North Dakota)
2014-15 North Dakota Miami Frozen Four (North Dakota, Omaha)
2015-16 North Dakota St. Cloud State Champion (North Dakota)
2016-17 Denver Minnesota Duluth Champion (Denver)
2017-18 St. Cloud State Denver Champion (Minnesota Duluth)
2018-19 St. Cloud State Minnesota Duluth Champion (Minnesota Duluth)
2019-20 North Dakota None* None*
2020-21 North Dakota North Dakota Runner-Up (St. Cloud State)

(*) = Both the 2020 NCHC and NCAA Tournaments were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Penrose Cup is a trophy that has been awarded to the NCHC's regular-season champion since the conference's beginning in 2013. The award is named in honor of Julie and Spencer Penrose who created the El Pomar Foundation that played a major role in the establishment of the NCHC.[9]

Wins by School
Team Wins Years
North Dakota 4 2014-15, 2015-16, 2019-20, 2020-21
St. Cloud State 3 2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19
Denver 1 2016-17

NCHC Tournament champions

Conference arenas

The Ralph Engelstad Arena is one of the largest arenas in college hockey.
  1. ^ Replaces Broadmoor World Arena (capacity 7,750) for 2021-22 and beyond.

Membership timeline

Western Michigan UniversitySt. Cloud State UniversityUniversity of North DakotaUniversity of Nebraska OmahaUniversity of Minnesota DuluthMiami UniversityUniversity of DenverColorado College


At the conclusion of each regular season schedule the coaches of each NCHC team vote which players they choose to be on the three All-Conference Teams:[10] first team, second team and rookie team. Additionally they vote to award the 10 individual trophies to an eligible player at the same time. The CCHA also awards Most Valuable Player in Tournament which is voted on at the conclusion of the conference tournament. All of the awards were created for the inaugural season (2013-14).

See also


  1. ^ "Conference". USCHO. Retrieved .
  2. ^ NCHC Staff (July 1, 2013). "Josh Fenton Named New Commissioner". Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Drew, David. "National Collegiate Hockey Conference officially hires Jim Scherr as commissioner". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Big Ten Officially Announces Hockey Conference". College Hockey News. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Collegiate Hockey Conference Joint Statement". North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "New National Collegiate Hockey Conference Announced With Six Top College Programs as Founding Members". PRnewswire. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "St. Cloud State will join NCHC". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "WMU To Join National Collegiate Hockey Conference". WMU. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Julie and Spencer Penrose Memorial Cup". Retrieved .
  10. ^ "NCHC announces All-Conference players, All-Rookie Team". Alaska Nanooks. 2013-03-22. Retrieved .

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