Central Collegiate Hockey Association

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) was a college athletic conference that participated in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference. The majority of its members were located in the states of Michigan and Ohio, although it also had teams located in Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Nebraska over the course of its existence.

Central Collegiate Hockey Association
DivisionDivision I
Sports fielded
RegionMidwestern United States and Alaska
HeadquartersFarmington Hills, Michigan

The CCHA was disbanded after the 2012–13 season as the result of a conference realignment stemming from the Big Ten Conference (of which three CCHA schools; Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State, were primary members) choosing to sponsor Division I ice hockey beginning in the 2013-14 season. The remaining CCHA members received invitations to other conferences, such as the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), Hockey East, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), which itself had been depleted by the Big Ten and NCHC. The conference's last ever game was the final of the 2013 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, where Notre Dame beat Michigan 3-1 to win the final Mason Cup championship.


Realignment and discontinuation

Pennsylvania State University announced on September 17, 2010 the transition of its men's and women's American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) programs to NCAA Division I status in 2012.[1] Just over a month earlier, then-commissioner Tom Anastos publicly stated that the CCHA would strongly consider adding Penn State as the conference's 12th member.[2] Instead, the league was left to deal with the imminent departures of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State when the Big Ten Conference disclosed on March 21, 2011 its intention to establish a men's ice hockey circuit to begin play in the 201314 season, as the conference now had enough hockey teams to earn an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament for its champion.[3] Joining the existing CCHA members were the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin from the WCHA, as well as Penn State.[3]

The next school slated to leave the CCHA in 2013 was Miami University which became a charter member of the NCHC on July 15, 2011.[4] Western Michigan accepted an invitation to join the new league just over two months later on September 22.[5]

The demise of the CCHA was further accelerated when five members decided to move to the WCHA following the 201213 campaign. Northern Michigan University, returning to the WCHA after leaving in 1997, was the first to make the announcement on July 20,[6] followed by Alaska, Ferris State and Lake Superior State on August 26[7] and Bowling Green on October 4.[8]

Notre Dame accepted an invitation to the Hockey East Association in a press conference on October 5, 2011.[9]


Institution Location Nickname Founded Affiliation Joined Left Subsequent
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska Nanooks 1917 Public 1995 2013 WCHA
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio Falcons 1910 Public 1971 2013 WCHA
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan Bulldogs 1884 Public 1979 2013 WCHA
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Illinois Flames 1946 Public 1982 1996 dropped program as school sponsored sport
Kent State University Kent, Ohio Golden Flashes 1910 Public 1992 1994 dropped program as school sponsored sport
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Lakers 1946 Public 1972 2013 WCHA
Miami University Oxford, Ohio RedHawks 1809 Public 1980 2013 NCHC
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan Wolverines 1817 Public 1981 2013 Big Ten
Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan Spartans 1855 Public 1981 2013 Big Ten
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan Huskies 1885 Public 1981 1984 WCHA
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha, Nebraska Mavericks 1908 Public 1999 2010 WCHA NCHC
Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan Wildcats 1899 Public 1977
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana Fighting Irish 1842 Private/Catholic 1981
Hockey East Big Ten
Ohio University Athens, Ohio Bobcats 1804 Public 1971 1973 dropped program as school sponsored sport
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio Buckeyes 1870 Public 1971
Big Ten
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri Billikens 1818 Private/Catholic 1971 1979 dropped program as school sponsored sport
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan Broncos 1903 Public 1975 2013 NCHC

Membership timeline

Regular-season champions


At the conclusion of each regular season schedule the coaches of each CCHA team voted which players they choose to be on the three All-Conference Teams:[10] first team, second team and rookie team. Additionally they vote to award up to 9 of the 12 individual trophies to an eligible player at the same time (depending upon the year). The CCHA also awards a Perani Cup, a Humanitarian Award, which are awarded rather than voted upon, and a Most Valuable Player in Tournament which is voted on at the conclusion of the conference tournament. None of the individual awards conferred by the CCHA have been given for the entire existence of the conference. Only the Tournament MVP was awarded in CCHA's inaugural season, but the award was discontinued thereafter until 1982.[11][12][13]

All-Decade Teams

1970s All-Decade Team

1970s All-Decade Team[14]

1980s All-Decade Team

1980s All-Decade Team[14]

1990s All-Decade Team

1990s All-Decade Team[14]

2000-2013 All-Decade Team

2000-2013 All-Decade Team[15]


  1. "Penn State to Add Men's and Women's Varsity Ice Hockey," Pennsylvania State University Athletics, Friday, September 17, 2010.
  2. Gholston, Sandy (August 10, 2010). "Anastos to the Detroit News: Penn State 'very attractive' to the CCHA". Mlive.com. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  3. Staff (March 21, 2011). "Big Ten confirms plan to sponsor hockey starting in 2013–14 season". USCHO. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  4. ""New DI hockey conference formed," NCAA.com, Friday, July 15, 2011". Archived from the original on March 17, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  5. "WMU To Join National Collegiate Hockey Conference," Western Michigan University Athletics, Thursday, September 22, 2011.
  6. "Northern Michigan to Rejoin WCHA Family," Western Collegiate Hockey Association press release, Wednesday, July 20, 2011.
  7. "College hockey: Lake Superior State, Ferris State, Alaska-Fairbanks join WCHA," The Bemidji (MN) Pioneer, Saturday, August 27, 2011.
  8. "Bowling Green State University to Join WCHA Family," Western Collegiate Hockey Association press release, Wednesday, October 4, 2011.
  9. "Notre Dame joining Hockey East". Associated Press. October 5, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  10. "Henderson and Odegard Recipients of CCHA Major Awards". Alaska Nanooks. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  11. "CCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  12. "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  13. "CCHA All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  14. "CCHA Announces All-Decade Teams". March 29, 2001.
  15. "CCHA Names All-Decade Team for 2000-2013". January 23, 2013. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013.
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