BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 27, 2018 – Proudly joining two honored names of their respective industries, both operated out of the Twin Cities region, the Men's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and SPIRE® Credit Union today announced a partnership for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
As the WCHA Postseason Tournament returns to on-campus venues this March, SPIRE will be there as an official partner of both the 2018 WCHA Playoffs and the 2018 WCHA Championship. Additionally, fans can watch the League's top goals, plays and saves each Wednesday with the "WCHA Plays of the Week, Presented by SPIRE Credit Union."
"As we get ready for the best time of the year for hockey fans, we could not be more thrilled to join with SPIRE Credit Union for the 2018 WCHA Playoffs and Championship," said WCHA President and Men's League Commissioner Bill Robertson. "SPIRE is a company driven to do the right thing by its communities, which is what we are striving to accomplish by bringing playoff hockey directly to our fans. With Minnesota State and Bemidji State both set to host at least quarterfinal-round series, this partnership is a natural fit."
Commented Dan Stoltz, SPIRE President and CEO: "Locally owned and operated in the 'State of Hockey' since 1934, SPIRE is committed to improving lives in our communities. We are proud to partner with the well-respected WCHA."
2018 WCHA Postseason Tournament
Bringing the singular intensity and passion of playoff college hockey directly to member institution fans, the entirety of the 2018 WCHA Postseason Tournament – from the quarterfinals through the championship game – will again be hosted by the highest remaining seeds at on-campus venues.
The three-week, eight-team tournament will play out from March 2-17, 2018. The "2018 WCHA Playoffs" will consist of four (4) best-of-three, quarterfinal-round series hosted this weekend (March 2-4) by Minnesota State (vs. Alaska), Northern Michigan (vs. Alabama Huntsville), Bowling Green (vs. Ferris State) and Bemidji State (vs. Michigan Tech), followed by two (2) best-of-three, semifinal-round series hosted by the highest remaining seeds the weekend of March 9-11. The single-game "2018 WCHA Championship" will be hosted by the highest remaining seed Saturday, March 17.
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, will proudly mark its 66th season of men's competition in 2017-18. The 10-team Division 1 conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats). For more information, visit wcha.com.
About SPIRE Credit Union
A full-service financial institution, proudly serving Minnesota and Wisconsin residents since 1934. SPIRE is committed to providing smart products, great rates and excellent service with a goal to improve the financial lives for both personal and business members. SPIRE has 17 branches across the metro and throughout northern Minnesota. For more information, visit myspire.com.