October 1, 2013
Ferris State opens with a series at Colgate this weekend
MADISON, Wis. – A new era in the distinguished 62-year history of the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association launches this coming weekend of October 4-6 as nine of the ten league-member clubs hit the ice for their first competition of the 2013-14 season. Ferris State will travel to ECAC Hockey-member Colgate for a Saturday-Sunday non-conference set with game one of the series set to get underway at 7:00 pm ET and game two at 4:00 pm ET. Coach Bob Daniels' Bulldogs are the only WCHA team engaged in regular season action this week.
Eight other WCHA teams will play a series of exhibition contests over the coming weekend, with only Alabama Huntsville idle (the Chargers open their season on Oct. 11-12). On Friday night, Alaska Anchorage and new head coach Matt Thomas will host the University of British Columbia at 7:07 pm AT at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Ice Rink in Anchorage. On Saturday, the Michigan Tech Huskies entertain Laurentian University at 7:07 pm ET at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, the Northern Michigan Wildcats host the USA Under-18 Team at 7:07 pm ET at Berry Events Center in Marquette, the Bowling Green Falcons take on visiting Wilfrid Laurier University at 7:37 pm ET, and the Alaska Nanooks host University of British Columbia at 5:37 pm AT at Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Then on Sunday, host Northern Michigan goes up against Laurentian University at 2:07 pm ET, Lake Superior State entertains the USA Under-18 Team at Taffy Abel Arena at 3:07 pm ET and Minnesota State hosts University of Lethbridge at 5:07 pm CT at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.
Looking ahead to the first full weekend of regular season action – Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 – nine league teams will be engaged in non-conference match ups. Alabama Huntsville and first-year head coach Mike Corbett will play at Northeastern (Hockey East Association), Alaska Anchorage will host Air Force (Atlantic Hockey Association), Alaska and Quinnipiac (ECAC Hockey) at the Kendall Hockey Classic at Sullivan Arena, pre-season WCHA favorite Minnesota State will take on host Providence(HEA), Bowling Green will go up against host Union (ECAC Hockey), Michigan Tech heads to Minnesota Duluth (National Collegiate Hockey Conference), Lake Superior State welcomes Robert Morris (AHA), Bemidji State visits St. Cloud State (NCHC), and Northern Michigan plays at Wisconsin (Big 10 Conference).
Then on Tuesday, October 15, there will be a pair of single non-conference games as Ferris State will skate at Mercyhurst (AHA) and Bowling Green hosts Ohio State (Big 10).
Week three of the regular season and the weekend of October 18-20 will continue non-conference competition. Friday-Saturday match ups have Bemidji State hosting Minnesota (Big 10), Lake Superior State playing at Union (ECAC Hockey), Bowling Green welcoming Colgate (ECAC Hockey), Ferris State hosting St. Lawrence (ECAC Hockey), Minnesota State entertaining Connecticut (AHA), Northern Michigan hosting Nebraska Omaha (NCHC), and Alaska hosting Alaska Anchorage, Denver (NCHC) and Western Michigan (NCHC) for the Alaska Goal Rush at Carlson Center. On Friday and Sunday of that weekend, Michigan Tech will play at Notre Dame (HEA).
The first weekend featuring conference play this season will occur Friday and Saturday, October 25-26, as Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan go home-and-home and Alabama Huntsville hosts Bemidji State. There are a total of 140 WCHA games in 2013-14, with each league-member team playing a total of 28 conference games. Each team will play five other league members four times each and four others two times each. The regular season champion in the men's WCHA is awarded the MacNaughton Cup.
The first round of WCHA playoffs will be contested the weekend of March 14-16, a best-of-three series format that will feature the top eight finishers in regular season competition. The No. 1 seed will host the No. 8 seed, No. 2 will host No. 7, No. 3 will host No. 6 and No. 4 will host No. 5.
Following the first round, the four winners will advance to the 2014 WCHA Final Five, set for March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. The two semi-final matchups on Friday will feature the No. 3 seed vs the No. 2 seed at 2:07 pm ET and the No. 4 seed vs the No. 1 seed at 7:07 pm ET. On championship Saturday, the contest for the Broadmoor Trophy and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament will face-off at 7:07 pm ET.
The 2014 NCAA Men's Division 1 Ice Hockey Championship tournament will open the weekend of March 28-30 with four regionals. On Friday and Saturday, the NCAA East Regional will be held at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT while the NCAA Midwest Regional will be played at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. On Saturday and Sunday, the NCAA Northeast Regional will be held at DCU Center in Worcester, MA and the NCAA West Regional will be at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.
The four regional winners will then advance to the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Four (national championship), to be contested Thursday, April 10 and Saturday, April 12 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
This Week in the WCHA
Games for Friday, October 4: *U. British Columbia at Alaska Anchorage (EX), 7:07 pm AT. * at Wells Fargo Sports Complex
Games for Saturday, October 5: Ferris State at Colgate (NC), 7:00 pm ET; Laurentian U. at Michigan Tech (EX), 7:07 pm ET; USA Under-18 Team at Northern Michigan (EX), 7:07 pm ET; Wilfrid Laurier U. at Bowling Green (EX), 7:37 pm ET; U. British Columbia at Alaska (EX), 5:37 pm AT.
Games for Sunday, October 6: Laurentian U. at Northern Michigan (EX), 2:07 pm ET; USA Under-18 Team at Lake Superior State (EX), 3:07 pm ET; Ferris State at Colgate (NC), 4:00 pm ET; U. Lethbridge at Minnesota State (EX), 5:07 pm CT.
Visit wcha.com & wcha.com/mobile for Complete Live League & National Scoreboards, In-Game Statistics & Box Scores
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association's official web site – wcha.com – also features fully functional mobile pages at wcha.com/mobile where visitors can access live league and national scoreboards, live in-game box scores and statistics, complete team and individual statistics, league standings, etc.
Catch the League's Long-Running Weekly Radio Show – This Week in the WCHA – at WCHA.com
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is pleased to once again provide it's long-running weekly radio show – This Week in the WCHA – via wcha.com and to interested media outlets. The show will be available each Friday throughout the regular season at wcha.com beginning October 11 and is also available for electronic distribution.
Hosted by Jim Rich and produced by Kevin Falness of the Minnesota Wild Radio Network, This Week in the WCHA runs 6-7 minutes and features key moments and highlights from live game broadcasts, including goals, saves, overtime game-winners, post-game sound clips, a look at upcoming games.
To get on the distribution list for This Week in the WCHA please contact: Kevin Falness, Minnesota Wild Radio Network (firstname.lastname@example.org or 651 755-5161).
WCHA Final Five Promotional Event Saturday, October 5 in Downtown Grand Rapids
Bring Your Skates! Final Five Ticket Package Discounts, Merchandise Giveaways, Public Ice Skating Session at Van Andel Arena Available to All as Part of City's ArtPrize Festivities; WCHA Final Five at Van Andel Arena March 21-22
Representative of both the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the AHL-champion Grand Rapids Griffins professional hockey team will be in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday (October 5) at Van Andel Arena for an exciting day of hockey-related activities in advance of the 2014 WCHA Final Five championship tournament coming to the city for the first time next March 21-22.
The WCHA and the Griffins will have a booth set up in front of Van Andel Arena between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday, joining a fun-filled line-up of activities throughout the downtown area as part of the city's renowned ArtPrize festival. Fans in attendance will find league and team merchandise giveaways, opportunities to purchase 2014 WCHA Final Five discount ticket packages and secure the best available seats in advance, and have a chance to lace up their ice skates and test their puck-shooting skills at a public skating session at Van Andel Arena, also from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Other activities planned include hockey-related games, raffles, and face-painting.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, home to a record 37 men's national championship teams, a record 16 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners and more than 350 All-Americans and 450 National Hockey League alums since its founding in 1951, marks its 62nd season of competition in 2013-14 with a strong field of Division 1 men's college hockey teams in Alabama Huntsville, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska, Bemidji State, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State and Northern Michigan.
For more information visit: West Michigan Sports Commission – www.westmisports.com; Van Andel Arena –www.vanandelarena.com; WCHA – www.wcha.com; ArtPrize – www.artprize.org and www.artprize.org/visit.
WCHATV Powered by America ONE Sports Launches for 2013-14 Season
Follow Western Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Live Game Action All Season Long Via wcha.com and americaonesports.com
With the dawning of a new era in its storied 62-year history, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced on September 23 (2013) an exciting new partnership with America ONE Sports and its first-ever conference-wide broadband initiative. WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports will provide fans around the world an opportunity to watch league-member games live throughout the 2013-14 season via broadband telecast distribution to their PC and MAC computers and iOS and Android devices.
WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports will enable fans from Bowling Green to Fairbanks and Huntsville to Houghton to watch every game of the regular season live and on-demand, including all 140 conference match-ups. Fans will be able to access WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports via portals at wcha.com, americaonesports.com and through the official athletic websites of all WCHA member men's teams. Most games will also be available in High Definition.
"This is a tremendous development for the WCHA and its member men's teams," said Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod, "and we couldn't be more excited to partner with America ONE Sports to showcase our league, our universities, teams and student-athletes, our outstanding on-ice product and our long and proud tradition to fans everywhere. I want to commend both Bruce LeVine and the great folks at America ONE Sports and the leadership of our member teams for bringing live WCHA hockey to fruition."
"America ONE Sports is honored to partner with such a tradition-rich conference as the WCHA," said Bruce LeVine, America ONE Sports Director of Programming. "We look forward to working with the conference and its 10 member schools to bring top grade college hockey via state of the art technology to fans around the world."
Subscribers to WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports will be able to access games through traditional web browsers on PC and MAC computers and iOS and Android devices. Requirements for viewing games are available at the America ONE test site at:
Each live event may be viewed beginning 10 minutes prior to start time and all events are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Fans can buy any of three pass levels – Day Pass, Monthly Pass or Full Season Pass (see special Full Season Pass offer below) – for either mobile or PC/MAC devices. All passes include on-demand viewing. Any pass purchased will allow fans to watch all WCHA events played in WCHA venues during that time period. Only live events can be viewed on mobile devices. For each game sold on a pay-per-view/pass system basis to individual users throughout the season, the price structure for the regular season is as follows:
a. Day Pass – 24 hours (Noon ET of the day purchased to Noon ET of the next day): $8 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. Day Pass makes available all games from any given night and comes with on-demand from the previous 24 hours.
b. Monthly Pass – viewing for 30 days from day of purchase: $45 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. Monthly or Season Passes comes with on-demand access for previous 30 days events. Purchase Monthly Pass
c. Full Season Pass – $150 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. If purchased by October 1, a Full Season Pass is available at a special price of $125. Monthly or Season Passes makes available on-demand games from the previous 30 days. Purchase Full Season Pass
America ONE Sports is a world leader in LIVE Broadband Sports, bringing fans more than 5,500 live and exclusive events per year from over 100 colleges across the United States, and live professional sports including hockey, football and soccer from 70 teams and hundreds of pro leagues from Asia and Europe. America ONE Sports is owned and operated by ONE Media Corp., a privately owned company based in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. The company also owns and operates ONE World Sports, a sports network delivering exclusive world-class sports live from around the globe; ONE CONNXT, a global HD/SD broadcast video transport technology and services solution; America ONE Television, a general entertainment and sports broadcast television network.
For more information please visit:
WCHA – www.wcha.com
America ONE Sports – http://www.americaonesports.com
WCHA on America ONE Sports – http://www.americaonesports.com/package_wcha.asp
University of Alabama in Huntsville – http://www.uahchargers.com
University of Alaska Anchorage – http://www.goseawolves.com
University of Alaska – http://alaskananooks.com
Bemidji State University – http://www.bsubeavers.com
Bowling Green State University – http://www.bgsufalcons.com
Ferris State University – http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com
Lake Superior State University – http://www.lssulakers.com
Michigan Technological University – http://www.michigantechhuskies.com
Minnesota State University – http://www.msumavericks.com
Northern Michigan University – http://www.nmuwildcats.com