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College Hockey America is a college athletic conference with teams ranging geographically from New Yorkmarker to Alabamamarker and Minnesotamarker. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference. When the NCAA no longer sanctioned Division II hockey, this conference formed among schools who had played at that level and chose to compete at the Division I level. Membership in the conference has dwindled since its founding and its future as a men's hockey conference is in serious doubt.

Men's teams leaving the conference

On January 29, 2009 Niagara Universitymarker announced that it and Robert Morris Universitymarker were moving to Atlantic Hockey. Remaining members Bemidji Statemarker appealed again to the WCHA for inclusion, and was accepted, while Alabama-Huntsvillemarker applied to the CCHA and was denied.

Member schools

There are seven member schools in all; the men's division has four members, while the women's division has five:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined Men's championships Women's championships Primary Conference
University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabamamarker Chargers 1950 Public 7,410 1999 2007 N/A Gulf South (D-II)
Bemidji State Universitymarker Bemidji, Minnesotamarker Beavers 1919 Public 5,000 1999 2005, 2006, 2009 Plays in WCHA Northern Sun (D-II)
Mercyhurst Collegemarker Erie, Pennsylvaniamarker Lakers 1926 Private/Catholic 4,106 1999 Plays in Atlantic Hockey 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 PSAC (D-II)
Niagara Universitymarker Lewiston, New Yorkmarker Purple Eagles 1856 Private/Catholic 3,746 1999 2000, 2004, 2008 0 MAAC
Robert Morris Universitymarker Moon Township, Pennsylvaniamarker Colonials 1921 Private/Non-sectarian 5,000 2004 0 0 NEC
Syracuse Universitymarker Syracuse, New Yorkmarker Orange 1870 Private/Non-sectarian 19,082 2008 N/A 0 Big East
Wayne State Universitymarker Detroit, Michiganmarker Warriors 1868 Public 33,000 1999 Dropped in 2008 0 GLIAC (D-II)
Locations of current College Hockey America member institutions.


CHA championship games

For the first time in conference history, the 2006 men's and women's tournaments were held at the same site: The Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseummarker in Detroitmarker, Michiganmarker. The 2007 men's conference tournament was held in Des Moines, Iowamarker while the women's tournament was played at the Island Sports Center in Pittsburghmarker.

The 2008 CHA men's and women's tournament were held at Dwyer Arenamarker in Lewiston, New Yorkmarker.

The 2009 CHA men's tournament was held at the John S. Glas Field House in Bemidji, Minnesotamarker. The women's tournament was held at the Mercyhurst Ice Centermarker in Erie, Pennsylvaniamarker.


  • 2000 Niagara def. Alabama-Huntsville 3-2 (Huntsville, ALmarker)
  • 2001 Wayne State def. Alabama-Huntsville 4-1 (Huntsville, AL)
  • 2002 Wayne State def. Alabama-Huntsville 5-4 (ot) (Lewiston, NYmarker)
  • 2003 Wayne State def. Bemidji State 3-2 (Kearney, NEmarker)
  • 2004 Niagara def. Bemidji State 4-3 (ot) (Kearney, NE)
  • 2005 Bemidji State def. Alabama-Huntsville 3-0 (Grand Rapids, MNmarker)
  • 2006 Bemidji State def. Niagara 4-2 (Detroit, MImarker)
  • 2007 Alabama-Hunsville def. Robert Morris 5-4 (ot) (Des Moines, IAmarker)
  • 2008 Niagara def. Bemidji State 3-2 (Lewiston, NYmarker)
  • 2009 Bemidji State def. Robert Morris 3-2 (ot) (Bemidji, MNmarker)
  • 2010 TBD (Lewiston, NY)

Postseason Men's Hockey History

NCAA Tournament
Year CHA Rep. Opponent Result
2000 Niagara New Hampshiremarker W 4-1
North Dakota L 4-1
2003 Wayne State Colorado College L 4-2
2004 Niagara Boston College L 5-2
2005 Bemidji State Denvermarker L 4-3 (ot)
2006 Bemidji State Wisconsinmarker L 4-0
2007 Alabama-Huntsville Notre Damemarker L 3-2 (2ot)
2008 Niagara Michiganmarker L 5-1
2009 Bemidji State Notre Dame W 5-1
Cornell W 4-1
Miami L 4-1


  • 2003 Mercyhurst def. Findlay 1-0 (Detroit, MImarker)
  • 2004 Mercyhurst def. Niagara 3-1 (Lewiston, NYmarker)
  • 2005 Mercyhurst def. Niagara 4-1 (Erie, PAmarker)
  • 2006 Mercyhurst def. Niagara 6-2 (Detroit, MI)
  • 2007 Mercyhurst def. Wayne State 4-1 (Pittsburgh, PAmarker)
  • 2008 Mercyhurst def. Wayne State 2-1 (OT) (Lewiston, NY)
  • 2009 Mercyhurst def. Wayne State 6-1 (Erie, PA)

Postseason Women's Hockey History

The women's CHA does not have an autobid; all of these participants reached the tournament via at-large bids.
NCAA Tournament
Year CHA Rep. Opponent Result
2002 Niagara Minnesota-Duluthmarker L 3-2
Minnesotamarker T 2-2 (frozen four consolation)
2005 Mercyhurst Harvardmarker L 5-4 (3ot)
2006 Mercyhurst Wisconsinmarker L 2-1 (2ot)
2007 Mercyhurst Minnesota-Duluth L 3-2 (ot)
2008 Mercyhurst Minnesota-Duluth L 5-4
2009 Mercyhurst St. Lawrencemarker W 3-1
Minnesota W 5-4
Wisconsin L 5-0

Conference arenas

School Hockey Arena Capacity
Alabama-Huntsville Von Braun Centermarker 6,800
Bemidji State John S. Glas Field House 2,358
Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Ice Centermarker 1,500
Niagara Dwyer Arenamarker 2,000
Robert Morris Island Sports Center 1,100
Syracuse Tennity Ice Skating Pavilionmarker renovations pending
Wayne State City Sports Center 500


  1. Niagara Men's Hockey To Join Atlantic Hockey
  2. Alabama-Huntsville interested in CCHA, WCHA
  3. College Hockey America was not awarded an automatic bid until 2003. Niagara qualified for the tournament as an at-large invitee.

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