College Hockey America is a college athletic conference with teams ranging geographically from New York to Alabama and Minnesota. It participates in the NCAA’s Division I as a hockey-only conference.

Member schools

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

Institution

Location

Nickname

Founded

Affiliation

Enrollment

Joined

Men’s championships

Women’s championships

Primary Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

Chargers

1950

Public

7,000

1999

2007

N/A

Gulf South (D-II)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

Beavers

1919

Public

5,000

1999

2005, 2006

Plays in WCHA

Northern Sun (D-II)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercyhurst College

Erie, Pennsylvania

Lakers

1926

Private/Catholic

4,106

1999

Plays in Atlantic Hockey

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

GLIAC (D-II)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niagara University

Lewiston, New York

Purple Eagles

1856

Private/Catholic

3,746

1999

2000, 2004

0

MAAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Colonials

1921

Private/Non-sectarian

5,000

2004

0

0

NEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Warriors

1868

Public

33,000

1999

2001, 2002, 2003

0

GLIAC (D-II)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former

    * United States Air Force Academy (Atlantic Hockey) 1999-2006

    * University of Findlay (Dropped Program), 1999-2004

    * United States Military Academy (Atlantic Hockey), 1999-2003

Future of the CHA

With the United States Air Force Academy leaving the conference after the 2005-06 season to join Atlantic Hockey, the conference is in danger of losing its automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament since eligible conferences must have at least six schools. Further, there is a distinct possibility that CHA will be forced to disband. CHA can maintain its automatic tournament bid for up to two seasons as a five-team conference, but must forefit their automatic bid after finding a sixth team for as many years as they take this exception.

Wayne State will be dropping it’s men’s program after the 2007-2008 season.

It has been reported that NCAA Director of Championships Tom Jacobs is pushing legislation that would amend NCAA by-law 31.3.4.4 to allow the Championship Committee for sports that are sponsored by less than 25 percent of a division’s membership to develop its own guidelines for dispersing automatic bids. Such legislation would allow CHA to maintain its automatic bid, without penalty, with only five member schools.

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 Fairgrounds Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The 2007 men’s conference tournament was held in Des Moines, Iowa while the women’s tournament remained in Detroit.

Men’s

    * 2000 Niagara def. Alabama-Huntsville 3-2 (Huntsville, AL)

    * 2001 Wayne State def. Alabama-Huntsville 4-1 (Huntsville, AL)

    * 2002 Wayne State def. Alabama-Huntsville 5-4 (ot) (Lewiston, NY)

    * 2003 Wayne State def. Bemidji State 3-2 (Kearney, NE)

    * 2004 Niagara def. Bemidji State 4-3 (ot) (Kearney, NE)

    * 2005 Bemidji State def. Alabama-Huntsville 3-0 (Grand Rapids, MN)

    * 2006 Bemidji State def. Niagara 4-2 (Detroit, MI)

    * 2007 Alabama-Hunsville def. Robert Morris 5-4 (ot) ( Des Moines, IA)

Postseason Men’s Hockey History

NCAA Tournament Year

CHA Rep.

Opponent

Result

2000

Niagara 

New Hampshire

W 4-1

Niagara

North Dakota

L 4-1

 

2003

Wayne State

Colorado College

L 4-2

2004

Niagara

Boston College

L 5-2

2005

Bemidji State

Denver

L 4-3 (ot)

2006

Bemidji State

Wisconsin

L 4-0

2007

Alabama-Huntsville

Notre Dame

L 3-2 (2ot)

 

   1. ^ College Hockey America was not awarded an automatic bid until 2003. Niagara qualified for the tournament as an at-large invitee.

Women’s

    * 2003 Mercyhurst def. Findlay 1-0 (Detroit, MI)

    * 2004 Mercyhurst def. Niagara 3-1 (Lewiston, NY)

    * 2005 Mercyhurst def. Niagara 4-1 (Erie, PA)

    * 2006 Mercyhurst def. Niagara 6-2 (Detroit, MI)

    * 2007 Mercyhurst def. Wayne State 4-1 (Pittsburgh, PA)

Postseason Women’s Hockey History

NCAA Tournament Year

CHA Rep.

Opponent

Result

 

 

2002

Niagara

Minnesota-Duluth

L 3-2

 

 

Niagara

Minnesota

T 2-2 (frozen four consolation)

2005

Mercyhurst

Harvard

L 5-4 (3ot)

 

 

2006

Mercyhurst

Wisconsin

L 2-1 (2ot)

 

 

2007

Mercyhurst

Minnesota-Duluth

L 3-2 (ot)

 

 

 

 

 

Conference arenas

 

 

School

Hockey Arena

Capacity

Alabama-Huntsville

Von Braun Center

6,800

Bemidji State

John S. Glas Field House

2,358

Mercyhurst

Mercyhurst Ice Center

1,500

Niagara

Dwyer Arena

2,000

Robert Morris

Island Sports Center

1,100

Wayne State

Men - Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum

 

Women - City Sports Center

5,500

 


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