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This is the 2019-20 Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's season. This is the league's 68th season.

Membership ChangesEdit

  • None, but reports surfaced that the membership of the conference based in the upper midwest have notified the conference that they are exploring the formation of a new conference possibly for the 2021-22 season. The move excludes the two Alaska schools and Alabama-Huntsville. This would come to fruition as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association will be reformed for the 2021-22 season.
  • An ongoing budget crisis in Alaska has lead to the possibility of the two Alaska schools having their athletic programs combined if not cancelled outright, the two schools will play as two programs for at least the 2019-20 season, The Alaska anchorage Seawolves would move to a much smaller arena on campus for the 2019-20 season. Plans are in the works to expand the facilities capacity to as much as 3,000. The two Alaska schools were also doing away with the travel subsidy given to visiting teams with the 2019-20 season.
  • On May 22, 2020 the University of Alabama, Huntsville announced that they were discontinuing the men's ice hockey program effective immediately citing financial constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chargers became the first men's Division I program to be ended since Wayne State University ended their program in 2008.[1]


MembershipEdit

Institution Location Nickname Arena
University of Alabama, Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama Chargers Von Braun Center
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska Seawolves Seawolf Sports Complex
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska Nanooks Carlson Center
Bemidji State University Bemidji, Minnesota Beavers Sanford Center
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio Falcons BGSU Ice Arena
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan Bulldogs Ewigleben Arena
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Lakers Taffy Abel Arena
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan Huskies MacInnes Student Ice Arena
Minnesota State University, Mankato Mankato, Minnesota Mavericks Verizon Wireless Center
Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan Wildcats Berry Events Center

StandingsEdit

Western Collegiate Hockey Association Overall Record
Team GP W L T GF GA Pts GP W L T GF GA
Minnesota State Mavericks 28 23 4 1 115 38 71 38 31 5 2 153 56
Bemidji State Beavers 28 20 5 3 101 46 65 37 22 10 5 119 71
Northern Michigan Black Bears 28 16 11 1 92 87 50 38 18 16 4 119 120
Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 28 14 9 5 73 65 49 36 16 15 5 88 93
Bowling Green Falcons 28 14 10 4 85 70 49 38 21 13 4 119 96
Michigan Tech Huskies 28 14 12 2 68 65 44 39 21 15 3 104 89
Lake Superior Lakers 28 11 13 4 66 77 41 41 14 23 4 96 120
Alaska Anchorage Seawolves 28 4 18 6 56 96 21 36 4 25 7 69 134
Ferris State Bulldogs 28 5 21 2 54 100 17 35 7 26 2 70 127
Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 28 2 20 6 50 116 13 34 2 26 6 57 145

Conference TournamentEdit

The top 8 teams qualify for the conference tournament. The quarterfinal round and quarterfinal and semifinal rounds are a best-of-three series held at the rink of the higher seeded team. Teams are reseeded after each round. The final round is a single "sudden death" game held at the home arena of the higher seeded team. The winner of the conference tournament earns the conference's automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Cancellation of TournamentEdit

The conference announced it would be cancelling its tournament on March 12th due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.[2]

QuarterfinalsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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