National Collegiate Hockey Conference

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference is an NCAA men's division I hockey conference formed on July 9, 2011. The league began playing for the 2013–14 season, the same season that the Big Ten Conference began competition, as a combination of six previous members of the WCHA and two of the CCHA. The league is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Josh Fenton has served as conference commissioner since July 1, 2013.


The men's college ice hockey landscape was shaken on March 21, 2011 when the Big Ten Hockey Conference was announced, with Penn State having added a hockey team to bring the number of Big Ten members with men's hockey teams to six. The WCHA faced the loss of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers in the future, whereas the CCHA faced the loss of the Michigan Wolverines, the Michigan State Spartans, and Ohio State Buckeyes. Some of the remaining teams of the WCHA and CCHA began talks to form a league that would ensure their survival as financially strong and successful programs.
On July 9, 2011, the athletic directors of the six founding schools, Colorado College, the University of Denver, Miami University, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of Nebraska Omaha, and the University of North Dakota, confirmed these reports by announcing the conference officially and giving the date for a press conference for further information on July 13, 2011.
At the July 13, 2011 press conference, Brian Faison, athletic director of the University of North Dakota, and one of the main speakers said that the motivation for this conference was to put teams together that "have displayed a high level of competitiveness on the ice, an institutional commitment to compete at the highest level within Division I, provide a national platform for exposure, and have wonderful history and tradition within their institution and hockey programs."
On September 22, 2011, St. Cloud State University and Western Michigan University accepted invitations to join the NCHC.
On March 7, 2013 the NCHC unveiled the logo for the inaugural season. It features a shield design with the colors red, white, and blue. Inside the shield are eight stars, presumably representing the eight inaugural members, and a hockey stick on the bottom left.


InstitutionLocationFoundedFormer conferenceTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsNCAA
Primary conference
Colorado Springs, Colorado1874WCHAPrivate1,950Tigers2SCAC
Denver, Colorado1864WCHAPrivate11,842Pioneers8Summit League
Oxford, Ohio1809CCHAPublic15,726RedHawks0MAC
Duluth, Minnesota1902WCHAPublic10,500Bulldogs3Northern Sun
Omaha, Nebraska1908WCHAPublic14,903Mavericks0Summit League
Grand Forks, North Dakota1883WCHAPublic15,250Fighting Hawks8Summit League
St. Cloud, Minnesota1869WCHAPublic17,073Huskies0Northern Sun
Kalamazoo, Michigan1903CCHAPublic25,045Broncos0MAC


= On March 12, 2020, The NCAA announced the rest of the collegiate winter and springs sports would be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2019-2020 NCHC Tournament was supposed to be held March 20 & 21 but was cancelled as well.

NCHC Tournament champions

Conference arenas

SchoolHockey arenaYear builtCapacity
Colorado CollegeBroadmoor World Arena19987,750
DenverMagness Arena19996,026
Miami UniversityGoggin Ice Center20063,200
Minnesota DuluthAMSOIL Arena20106,732
North DakotaRalph Engelstad Arena200111,640
OmahaBaxter Arena20157,898
St. Cloud StateHerb Brooks National Hockey Center19895,763
Western MichiganLawson Arena19743,667

Membership timeline

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At the conclusion of each regular season schedule the coaches of each NCHC team vote which players they choose to be on the three All-Conference Teams: first team, second team and rookie team. Additionally they vote to award the 10 individual trophies to an eligible player at the same time. The CCHA also awards Most Valuable Player in Tournament which is voted on at the conclusion of the conference tournament. All of the awards were created for the inaugural season.

All-Conference Teams

Individual Awards

the award was known as the 'Defenseman of the Year Award' prior to 2017