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The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates over a wide area of the Midwestern and Western United Statesmarker. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference.

At the conclusion of the 2006 season, WCHA teams had won five consecutive NCAA men's titles. WCHA teams have also won all nine NCAA women's titles (the first was contested in 2001). The 2005 NCAA Frozen Four hockey tournament finals were comprised entirely of teams from the WCHA.

The WCHA was founded as the Midwest Collegiate Hockey League (MCHL) from 1951–53, then became the Western Intercollegiate Hockey League (WIHL) from 1953–58, and ultimately on to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1959. The regular season conference champion is awarded the MacNaughton Cup, while the league's tournament champion takes home the Broadmoor Trophy.


The WCHA has 12 member schools in all; the men's division operates with 10 members, while the women's division has eight.
Institution Location Founded Joined Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Men's Member Women's Member NCAA Men's
NCAA Women's
Primary Conference
University of Alaska Anchoragemarker Anchorage, Alaskamarker 1977 1993 Public 18,000 Seawolves Yes No 0 N/A Great Northwest (D-II)
Bemidji State Universitymarker Bemidji, Minnesotamarker 1919 1999 Public 4,800 Beavers No Yes Plays in CHA 0 Northern Sun (D-II)
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Coloradomarker 1874 1951 Private 1,950 Tigers Yes No 2 N/A SCAC (D-III)
University of Denvermarker Denver, Coloradomarker 1864 1951 Private 11,117 Pioneers Yes No 7 N/A Sun Belt
Michigan Technological Universitymarker Houghton, Michiganmarker 1885 1951
(CCHA, 1981–84)
Public 7,014 Huskies Yes No 3 N/A GLIAC (D-II)
University of Minnesota, Twin Citiesmarker Minneapolismarker and Saint Paul, Minnesotamarker 1851 1951 Public 51,194 Golden Gophers Yes Yes 5 2 Big Ten
University of Minnesota Duluthmarker Duluth, Minnesotamarker 1947 1966 Public 10,500 Bulldogs Yes Yes 0 4 Northern Sun (D-II)
Minnesota State University, Mankatomarker Mankato, Minnesotamarker 1868 1999 Public 14,000 Mavericks Yes Yes 0 0 Northern Sun (D-II)
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakotamarker 1883 1951 Public 13,000 Fighting Sioux Yes Yes 7 0 Great West
Ohio State Universitymarker Columbus, Ohiomarker 1870 1999 Public 51,818 Buckeyes No Yes Plays in CCHA 0 Big Ten
St. Cloud State Universitymarker St. Cloud, Minnesotamarker 1869 1990 Public 17,073 Huskies Yes Yes 0 0 Northern Sun (D-II)
University of Wisconsin–Madisonmarker Madison, Wisconsinmarker 1848 1969 Public 41,169 Badgers Yes Yes 6 3 Big Ten

Former Members

Institution Location Founded Tenure of
Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Teams NCAA

University of Michiganmarker Ann Arbor, Michiganmarker 1817 1951–1981 Public 40,025 Wolverines Men's 9 (5)†
Michigan State Universitymarker East Lansing, Michiganmarker 1855 1951–1981 Public 45,166 Spartans Men's 3 (1)†
Northern Michigan Universitymarker Marquette, Michiganmarker 1899 1984–1997 Public 9,000 Wildcats Men's 1 (1)†
University of Notre Damemarker South Bend, Indianamarker 1842 1971–1981 Private 10,311 Fighting Irish Men's 0 (0)†
  • All former members of the WCHA are current members of the CCHA.
† Number of NCAA championships won while WCHA member.

Future Members

Institution Location Founded Tenure of
Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Teams NCAA

Bemidji State Universitymarker Bemidji, Minnesotamarker 1919 2010- Public 5,020 Beavers Men's 0
University of Nebraska-Omahamarker Omaha, Nebraskamarker 1908 2010- Public 14,903 Mavericks Men's 0

Conference arenas

Locations of Western Collegiate Hockey Association member institutions.
School Hockey Arena Capacity
Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves Sullivan Arenamarker 6,406
Bemidji State Beavers John S. Glas Field House 2,399
Colorado College Tigers World Arenamarker 7,343
Denver Pioneers Magness Arenamarker 6,026
Michigan Tech Huskies John MacInnes Ice Arena 4,200
Minnesota Golden Gophers Mariucci Arenamarker (men)
Ridder Arenamarker (women)
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Duluth Entertainment Convention Center marker 5,333
Minnesota State Mavericks Verizon Wireless Centermarker (men)
All Seasons Arena (women)
North Dakota Fighing Sioux Ralph Engelstad Arenamarker 11,640
Ohio State Buckeyes OSU Ice Rinkmarker 1,200
St. Cloud State Huskies National Hockey Centermarker 5,763
Wisconsin Badgers Kohl Centermarker 15,237

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