The Broadmoor Trophy has been awarded to the Playoff Champion of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association since 1985, as a tangible symbol for the team winning the league's NCAA Tournament automatic bid. The trophy itself dates to 1981, when it was awarded to the WCHA regular season champion for three seasons, from 1982 to 1984. During that time, the Broadmoor Trophy served as the replacement for the MacNaughton Cup, traditionally awarded to the WCHA regular season champion.

Origins Edit

The Broadmoor Trophy was commissioned as a replacement for the venerable MacNaughton Cup, held in trust by Michigan Tech. In 1981, Michigan Tech left the WCHA for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, taking the Cup with them. To fill the void, the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort Complex of Colorado Springs, Colorado presented a new trophy to the WCHA to award to their regular season champion.

The Broadmoor Hotel has a long history of supporting college hockey. The Broadmoor Ice Palace, later renamed as the Broadmoor World Arena, on the resort grounds was the long time home of the Colorado College Tigers. Additionally, the Palace hosted the first 10 Frozen Fours, from 1948 to 1957, and hosted for an 11th time in 1969. Ironically, despite the strong historical connections between the Broadmoor Hotel and Colorado College, the Tigers have never won the Broadmoor Trophy.

Crowning Playoff Kings Edit

With Michigan Tech's return to the WCHA, so to returned the MacNaughton Cup. The MacNaughton slid back into its traditional role as the award for the WCHA regular season champion, while the Broadmoor Trophy began its current role as the award for the winners of the WCHA post-season tournament.

Winners Edit

The Broadmoor Trophy has been awarded every year since 1982. From 1982 to 1984, the trophy was awarded to the WCHA Regular Season Champions.

Year Champion
1982 North Dakota
1983 Minnesota
1984 Minnesota–Duluth
1985 Minnesota–Duluth
1986 Denver
1987 North Dakota
1988 Wisconsin
1989 Northern Michigan
1990 Wisconsin
1991 Northern Michigan
1992 Northern Michigan
1993 Minnesota
1994 Minnesota
1995 Wisconsin
1996 Minnesota
1997 North Dakota
1998 Wisconsin
1999 Denver
2000 North Dakota
2001 St. Cloud State
2002 Denver
2003 Minnesota
2004 Minnesota
2005 Denver
2006 North Dakota
2007 Minnesota
2008 Denver
2009 Minnesota–Duluth
2010 North Dakota
2011 North Dakota
2012 North Dakota
2013 Wisconsin
2014 Minnesota State
2015 Minnesota State
2016 Ferris State
2017 Michigan Tech

Wins by School
Team Wins Years
North Dakota 8 1982, 1987, 1997, 2000, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012
Minnesota 7 1983, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007
Denver 5 1986, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008
Wisconsin 5 1988, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2013
Minnesota–Duluth 3 1984, 1985, 2009
*Northern Michigan 3 1989, 1991, 1992
*Minnesota State 2 2014, 2015
St. Cloud State 1 2001
*Ferris State 1 2016
*Michigan Tech 1 2017
* Currently compete in WCHA

External Links Edit

The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort Complex

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