Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's champions

The following is a list of men's champions of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, including champions of the conference's playoff tournament, the WCHA Final Five.

Championships by season

SeasonRegular Season ChampionTournament ChampionNCAA National ChampionNotes
1951-52 Colorado CollegeMichiganMidwest Collegiate Hockey League play begins with Colorado College, Denver, Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota and North Dakota; first season the MacNaughton Cup is awarded to regular season champion
1952-53 Minnesota
1953-54 MinnesotaLeague name changed to the Western Intercollegiate Hockey League
1954-55 Colorado CollegeMichigan
1955-56 MichiganMichigan
1956-57 Colorado CollegeColorado College
1957-58 North Dakota
1958-59 North DakotaNo league play because Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan Tech withdraw from the WIHL due to disagreement over the recruiting practices of University of North Dakota, Denver, and Colorado College.
1959-60 DenverDenver
Michigan Tech
DenverWestern Collegiate Hockey Association founded; tournament play begins
1960-61 DenverDenver
1961-62 Michigan TechMichigan TechMichigan TechThe WCHA begins awarding the MacNaughton Cup to the conference's tournament champion
1962-63 Denver
North Dakota
DenverNorth Dakota
1963-64 Michigan
1964-65 North DakotaMichigan TechMichigan Tech
1965-66 Michigan TechDenver
Michigan State
Michigan StateThe WCHA decides to once again award the MacNaughton Cup to the regular season champion
1966-67 North DakotaMichigan State
North Dakota
Minnesota-Duluth joins the WCHA
1967-68 DenverDenver
North Dakota
1968-69 Michigan TechDenver
Michigan Tech
1969-70 MinnesotaMichigan Tech
Wisconsin joins the WCHA
1970-71 Michigan TechDenver
1971-72 DenverDenver
Notre Dame joins the WCHA
1972-73 DenverDenver
1973-74 Michigan TechMichigan Tech
1974-75 MinnesotaMichigan Tech
Michigan Tech
1975-76 Michigan TechMichigan Tech
1976-77 WisconsinWisconsinWisconsin
1977-78 DenverColorado College
1978-79 North DakotaMinnesota
North Dakota
1979-80 North DakotaMinnesota
North Dakota
North DakotaPlan to split the conference into two divisions is rejected
1980-81 MinnesotaMichigan Tech
1981-82 North DakotaWisconsinNorth DakotaMichigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech and Notre Dame leave conference for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association; the Broadmoor Trophy replaces the MacNaughton Cup as the trophy for the regular season champion
1982-83 MinnesotaWisconsinWisconsin
1983-84 Minnesota-DuluthMinnesota-Duluth
1984-85 Minnesota-DuluthMinnesota-DuluthMichigan Tech rejoins the WCHA and brings the MacNaughton Cup back to the conference; Northern Michigan joins the WCHA; interlocking schedule with Hockey East begins (interconference games counted in conference standings); first season the Broadmoor Trophy awarded to the tournament champion
1985-86 DenverDenver
1986-87 North DakotaNorth DakotaNorth Dakota
1987-88 MinnesotaWisconsinTournament changed to a single-site four team format
1988-89 MinnesotaNorthern MichiganLast season of interlocking schedule with Hockey East
1989-90 WisconsinWisconsinWisconsin
1990-91 Northern MichNorthern MichNorthern MichSt. Cloud State joins the WCHA
1991-92 MinnesotaNorthern Michigan
1992-93 Minnesota-DuluthMinnesotaTournament changed to five team format and renamed the Final Five
1993-94 Colorado CollegeMinnesotaAlaska-Anchorage joins the WCHA
1994-95 Colorado CollegeWisconsin
1995-96 Colorado CollegeMinnesota
1996-97 Minnesota
North Dakota
North DakotaNorth Dakota
1997-98 North DakotaWisconsinNorthern Michigan leaves the conference for the CCHA; Mankato State (now Minnesota State-Mankato) participates in the WCHA tournament
1998-99 North DakotaDenver
1999-00 WisconsinNorth DakotaNorth DakotaMinnesota State joins the WCHA
2000-01 North DakotaSt. Cloud State
2001-02 DenverDenverMinnesota
2002-03 Colorado CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota
2003-04 North DakotaMinnesotaDenver
2004-05 Colorado College
2005-06 MinnesotaNorth DakotaWisconsin
2006-07 MinnesotaMinnesota
2007-08 Colorado CollegeDenver
2008-09 North DakotaMinnesota-Duluth
2009-10 DenverNorth Dakota
2010-11 North DakotaNorth DakotaMinnesota-DuluthBemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha join the WCHA
2011-12 MinnesotaNorth Dakota
2012-13 St. Cloud State
WisconsinFinal WCHA season for Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, and St. Cloud State (all leaving for NCHC in 2013-2014) as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin (both leaving for Big Ten Conference)
2013-14 Ferris StateMinnesota StateNorthern Michigan rejoins WCHA; first WCHA season for Alabama-Huntsville, Alaska-Fairbanks, Bowling Green, Ferris State, and Lake Superior State
2014-15 Minnesota StateMinnesota State
2015-16 Minnesota State
Michigan Tech
Ferris State
2016-17 Bemidji StateMichigan Tech
2017-18 Minnesota StateMichigan Tech

Championships by school

Regular Season
NCAA National
Regular Season
NCAA National
Alabama–Huntsville* 000
Alaska* 000
Alaska–Anchorage* 000
Bemidji State* 1002017
Bowling Green* 0011984
Colorado College 912200819781957
Denver 13157201020082005
Ferris State* 1102014
Lake Superior State* 0031994
Michigan 30919641998
Michigan State 02319672007
Michigan Tech* 7113201620181975
Minnesota 14145201320072003
Minnesota–Duluth 332199320092017
Minnesota State* 22020182015
Nebraska–Omaha 000
North Dakota 15117201120122000
Northern Michigan* 131199119921991
Notre Dame 000
St. Cloud State 11020132001
Wisconsin 3126200020132006

* currently members of the WCHA

Colorado College won its first NCAA national championship in 1950 prior to the founding of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey League. Likewise, Michigan won its 1948 title prior to the start of league play. North Dakota won a national title in 1959 as an independent. The Wolverines won two additional national championships in 1996 and 1998 after leaving the WCHA for the CCHA. Michigan State also won its 1986 and 2007 national championships after leaving the WCHA. Two of the five schools that made their WCHA debuts in 2013, Bowling Green and Lake Superior State, won all of their national championships while in the CCHA (one for Bowling Green in 1984, and three for Lake Superior State in 1988, 1992, and 1994).

Location of Men's WCHA tournaments


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