Negaunee, Mich. – FOX-UP will televise the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship Game live on Saturday, March 17 from the campus of Northern Michigan University.
The WCHA Championship Game between the Northern Michigan Wildcats and the Michigan Tech Huskies will be broadcast live from the Berry Events Center.
The game marks the first time these two teams have played for a championship on UP soil. This year's WCHA Championship also marks the debut of the Jeff Sauer Championship Trophy. The winner of the game will also get the WCHA's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Mark Evans and Dave Ellis will be the announce team and the FOX-UP broadcast will kick off with an hour pre-game show beginning at 6 p.m. EST followed by the WCHA Championship Game at 7 p.m.
TV6 & FOX-UP Vice President/General Manager, Rick Rhoades says, "We are excited to bring this WCHA Championship game live to the people of Upper Michigan who cannot attend the game in person. We appreciate the willingness of Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan and the WCHA to work with us in bringing hockey fans of the UP this exciting championship scenario." Rhoades also added, "We are going to work very hard to communicate with our viewers outside the market to make sure they can catch all of the championship action on WCHA-TV through the WCHA Website."
"We appreciate our partnership with TV6 and FOX-UP and we're excited for college hockey fans across the UP that weren't able to access tickets to enjoy the experience of the WCHA Championship," Michigan Tech Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret said.
"The demand for tickets was extraordinary," said Northern Michigan University Director of Athletics Forrest Karr. "There are so many talented hard-working student-athletes representing both institutions and we greatly appreciate Commissioner Robertson's willingness to allow fans from throughout the UP to watch and cheer on their efforts."
For hockey fans outside of the FOX-UP viewing area, you can watch the WCHA Championship on WCHA-TV at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wcha/
"An all-Upper Peninsula WCHA Championship is truly a special event for Northern Michigan University, Michigan Tech University, the WCHA and college hockey," said WCHA President and Men's League Commissioner Bill Robertson. "We are thrilled to partner with TV6 and FOX-UP in providing a championship-caliber production of this game to hockey fans throughout the UP and globally via WCHA.tv."