Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
DivisionDivision III
Sports fielded
RegionMidwestern United States
CommissionerG. Steven Larson (since 2013)

The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) is a college athletic conference which operates in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the midwestern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference.

The conference was founded in 1980 as a loose association of six schools in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. The league was formalized the next year.[1]

In the summer of 2012, the five schools in the University of Wisconsin System announced that they would leave the conference to begin playing hockey in their all-sports conference, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.[2][3] The move would have left only two men's teams in the NCHA, leading St. Norbert and St. Scholastica to join the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA).[4] In April 2013, the NCHA and MCHA announced a merger, where the NCHA would absorb the MCHA's teams (of the MCHA's 10 schools, all 7 who also sponsored women's hockey played in the NCHA).[5] The men's and women's sides will retain separate administrative structures, as well as their automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.[6]



School Location
Nickname Founded Affiliation Enrollment Colors Year Joined Primary Conference
Adrian College Adrian, Michigan
Bulldogs 1859 Private 1,400           Men: 2013
Women: 2009
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Aurora University Aurora, Illinois
Spartans 1893 Private 4,400           Men: 2015
Women: 2017
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon, Wisconsin
Falcons 1880 Private/Lutheran (LCMS) 1,600           Men: 2013
Women: 2007
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Finlandia University Hancock, Michigan
Lions 1896 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 550                Men: 2013
Women: 2003
American Collegiate Athletic Association
Lake Forest College Lake Forest, Illinois
Foresters 1857 Private 1,417                Men: 1992–2009, 2013
Women: 2000
Midwest Conference
Lawrence University Appleton, Wisconsin
Vikings 1847 Private 1,469           Men: 2013 Midwest Conference
Marian University Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sabres 1936 Private/Catholic 1,411           Men: 2013
Women: 2009
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Raiders 1903 Private 2,300           Men: 2013 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
St. Norbert College De Pere, Wisconsin
Green Knights 1898 Private/Catholic 2,015           Men: 1994
Women: 2010
Midwest Conference
The College of St. Scholastica Duluth, Minnesota
Saints 1912 Private/Catholic 3,309                Men: 1983–1991, 1994
Women: 2010
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
Trine University Angola, Indiana
Thunder 1884 Private 2,000                Men: 2017
Women: 2017
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association


School Location Nickname Founded Affiliation Teams Year Joined Year Left Subsequent
Bemidji State University Bemidji, Minnesota Beavers 1919 Public Men Men: 1980 Men: 1999 CHA (D-I) WCHA (D-I)
Minnesota State University, Mankato Mankato, Minnesota Mavericks 1868 Public Men Men: 1980 Men: 1992 D-II Independent WCHA (D-I)
Northland College Ashland, Wisconsin Lumberjacks 1906 Private/United Church of Christ 700 Men: 2013
Women: 2016
Men: 2019
Women: 2019
St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minnesota Huskies 1868 Public Men Men: 1980 Men: 1987 D-I Independent NCHC (D-I)
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wisconsin Blugolds 1916 Public Both Men: 1980
Women: 2000
Men: 2013
Women: 2013
University of Wisconsin–River Falls River Falls, Wisconsin Falcons 1874 Public Both Men: 1980
Women: 2000
Men: 2013
Women: 2013
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wisconsin Pointers 1894 Public Both Men: 1986
Women: 2000
Men: 2013
Women: 2013
University of Wisconsin–Stout Menomonie, Wisconsin Blue Devils 1891 Public Both Men: 1996 Men: 2013 WIAC
University of Wisconsin–Superior Superior, Wisconsin Yellowjackets 1893 Public Both Men: 1980
Women: 2000
Men: 2013
Women: 2013

Membership timeline

Trine UniversityAurora UniversityNorthland College (Wisconsin)Milwaukee School of EngineeringLawrence UniversityMarian University (Wisconsin)Adrian CollegeConcordia University WisconsinFinlandia UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–StoutSt. Norbert CollegeLake Forest CollegeUniversity of Wisconsin–Stevens PointCollege of St. ScholasticaUniversity of Wisconsin–SuperiorUniversity of Wisconsin–River FallsUniversity of Wisconsin–Eau ClaireBemidji State UniversityMinnesota State University, MankatoSt. Cloud State University


Main article: NCHA Men's Tournament


Season Regular Season Tournament
1981–82 Bemidji State
1982–83 Bemidji State
1983–84 Bemidji State^
1984–85 Bemidji State
1985–86 Bemidji State
Mankato State
Bemidji State^
1986–87 St. Cloud State
Mankato State
St. Cloud State
1987–88 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls^
1988–89 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point^
1989–90 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point^
1990–91 Bemidji State
Mankato State
UW–Stevens Point^
1991–92 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point
1992–93 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point^
1993–94 UW–Superior UW–Superior^
1994–95 Bemidji State Bemidji State
1995–96 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls
1996–97 St. Norbert UW–Superior
1997–98 St. Norbert St. Norbert
1998–99 St. Norbert St. Norbert
1999–2000 UW–Stevens Point UW–Superior
2000–01 UW–Superior UW–Superior
2001–02 St. Norbert UW–Superior^
2002–03 St. Norbert St. Norbert
2003–04 St. Norbert St. Norbert
2004–05 St. Norbert St. Norbert
2005–06 St. Norbert UW–Superior
2006–07 St. Norbert
UW–River Falls
St. Norbert
2007–08 St. Norbert St. Norbert^
2008–09 UW–Superior UW–Stout
2009–10 St. Norbert St. Norbert
2010–11 St. Norbert St. Norbert^
2011–12 St. Norbert St. Norbert^
2012–13 UW–Eau Claire St. Norbert
2013-14 St. Norbert St. Norbert^
2014-15 Adrian Adrian
2015-16 Adrian Adrian
2016-17 Adrian St. Norbert
2017-18 Adrian St. Norbert^
2018-19 St. Norbert St. Norbert


Season Regular Season Tournament
2000–01 UW–Superior UW–River Falls
2001–02 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point
2002–03 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls
2003–04 UW–Superior UW–Stevens Point
2004–05 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point
2005–06 UW–Stevens Point UW–Stevens Point
2006–07 UW–Superior UW–Stevens Point
2007–08 UW–Superior UW–Superior
2008–09 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls
2009–10 Lake Forest UW–River Falls
2010–11 UW–River Falls Adrian
2011–12 UW–River Falls UW–River Falls
2012–13 UW–River Falls St. Norbert
2013–14 Lake Forest Lake Forest
2014-15 Adrian Lake Forest
2015–16 Adrian Adrian
2016–17 Adrian Adrian
2017-18 Adrian Adrian
2018-19 Adrian Adrian

^ Won National Championship


School Arena Capacity
Adrian Arrington Ice Arena 500
Concordia Wisconsin Ozaukee Ice Center 1,000
Finlandia Houghton County Arena 1200
Lake Forest Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse 1,000
Lawrence Appleton Family Ice Center 1,200
Marian Blue Line Family Ice Center 2,000
Milwaukee Engineering Kern Center 800
Northland Bay Area Civic Center 1,000
St. Norbert Cornerstone Community Center 2,000
St. Scholastica Mars Lakeview Arena 1,500
Trine Thunder Ice Arena 700

See also


  1. ^ "A History of the NCHA". Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  2. ^ Hodkiewicz, Weston (February 15, 2012). "Wisconsin state schools' move away from NCHA 'a shock to the system,' St. Norbert coach says". Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Staff (April 24, 2012). "WIAC schools to leave NCHA after 2012-13 season". Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Staff (June 20, 2012). "St. Norbert, St. Scholastica moving to MCHA for 2013-14 season". Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Carito, Katie (April 24, 2013). "NCHA is reborn". Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "MCHA Renamed NCHA | New Structure Approved". Press release. Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. April 22, 2013. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.