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Central Collegiate Hockey Association
NCAA Division I Conference
Central Collegiate Hockey Association
Founded: 1971
Number of teams: 11
Commissioner: Don Lucia
Defending champions (men): Michigan Wolverines
Website: http://ccha.cstv.com/

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) is the name of two different NCAA Men's Division I conferences. The first CCHA, which was one of the Big Four Division I men's conferences, existed from 1971 to 2013. The formation of the second CCHA was announced in February 2020, with play scheduled to begin in 2021.

Original CCHA Edit

The original league was forced out of existence with the NCAA Division I men's hockey realignment of the 2010's. The formation of the Big Ten Conference in hockey caused the league to lose three members.  The formation of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference had the league lose two more members.  The Western Collegiate Hockey Association was decimated even worse being down to four teams after losses to the same two new conferences. The WCHA offered membership to the remaining membership of the CCHA in order to keep the conference with enough teams to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. All but Notre Dame accepted the offer join the WCHA. Notre Dame joined Hockey East.

The member teams at the end of the original CCHA were (and where they ended up) :

CCHA final season patch

final season commemorative logo

Other former membersEdit

With the exception of Michigan Tech and Omaha, all former members dropped varsity hockey.

Revival Edit

In June 2019, seven of the 10 WCHA's men's members, all in the Midwestern U.S., announced that they would leave the WCHA after the 2020–21 season. Four of the seven schools—Bowling Green (which had kept ownership of the CCHA name), Ferris State, Lake Superior State, and Northern Michigan—had played in the final season of the original CCHA, and a fifth school, Michigan Tech, had briefly been a CCHA member in the 1980s.

On February 18, 2020, the seven schools announced they would organize as a new CCHA, with play starting in the 2021–22 season.[1]

Don Lucia was announced as commissioner for the conference on June 17, 2020[2]

The members of the revived CCHA will be:

Team profilesEdit

  • Alaska Nanooks
  • Bowling Green Falcons
    • 5-time CCHA tournament champions (1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1988)
    • 7-time CCHA champions (1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987)
    • 1-time NCAA champions (1984)
  • Ferris State Bulldogs
    • 2-time CCHA champions (2003, 2012)
  • Lake Superior State Lakers
    • 4-time CCHA tournament champions (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995)
    • 4-time CCHA champions (1974, 1988, 1991, 1996)
    • 3-time NCAA champions (1988, 1992, 1994)
    • 2-time NAIA champions (1972, 1974)
  • Miami RedHawks
    • 4-time CCHA champions (1993, 2006, 2010, 2013)
    • 1-time CCHA tournaent champion (2011)
  • Michigan Wolverines
    • 9-time CCHA tournament champions (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010)
    • 11-time CCHA champions (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011)
    • 9-time NCAA champions (1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1996, 1998)
  • Michigan State Spartans
    • 11-time CCHA tournament champions (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006)
    • 7-time CCHA champions (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001)
    • 3-time NCAA champions (1966, 1986, 2007)
  • Northern Michigan Wildcats
    • 2-time CCHA tournament champions (1980, 1981)
    • 2-time CCHA champions (1980, 1981)
    • 1-time NCAA champions (1991)
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    • 3-time CCHA tournament champions (2007, 2009, 2013)
    • 2-time CCHA champions (2007, 2009)
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
    • 2-time CCHA tournament champions (1972, 2004)
    • 1-time CCHA champions (1972)
  • Western Michigan Broncos
    • 2-time CCHA tournament champions (1986, 2012)

List of CCHA ChampionsEdit

See also: CCHA Tournament
  • 1972 Ohio State/Saint Louis
  • 1973 Saint Louis
  • 1974 Lake Superior State/Saint Louis
  • 1975 Saint Louis
  • 1976 Bowling Green
  • 1977 Saint Louis
  • 1978 Bowling Green
  • 1979 Bowling Green
  • 1980 Northern Michigan
  • 1981 Northern Michigan
  • 1982 Bowling Green
  • 1983 Bowling Green
  • 1984 Bowling Green
  • 1985 Michigan State
  • 1986 Michigan State
  • 1987 Bowling Green
  • 1988 Lake Superior State
  • 1989 Michigan State
  • 1990 Michigan State
  • 1991 Lake Superior State
  • 1992 Michigan
  • 1993 Miami
  • 1994 Michigan
  • 1995 Michigan
  • 1996 Lake Superior State/Michigan
  • 1997 Michigan
  • 1998 Michigan State
  • 1999 Michigan State
  • 2000 Michigan
  • 2001 Michigan State
  • 2002 Michigan
  • 2003 Ferris State
  • 2004 Michigan
  • 2005 Michigan
  • 2006 Miami
  • 2007 Notre Dame
  • 2008 Michigan
  • 2009 Notre Dame
  • 2010 Miami
  • 2011 Michigan
  • 2012 Ferris State
  • 2013 Miami

Conference arenasEdit

School Hockey Arena Capacity
Alaska Carlson Center 4,500
Bowling Green BGSU Ice Arena 5,000
Ferris State Ewigleben Arena 2,641
Lake Superior State Taffy Abel Arena 4,000
Miami Goggin Ice Center 3,842
Michigan Yost Ice Arena 6,637
Michigan State Munn Ice Arena 6,470
Northern Michigan Berry Events Center 3,902
Notre Dame Joyce Center Rink 2,763
Ohio State Value City Arena 17,500
Western Michigan Lawson Arena 3,667
Tournament Joe Louis Arena 20,066

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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