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League playoffs to change to 3-3-1, host-site format beginning with 2016-17 season

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: NEW 'WCHA PLAYOFFS' AND 'WCHA CHAMPIONSHIP' TO BE HELD ON CAMPUS

Bringing the singular intensity and passion of playoff college hockey directly to its member institution fans, the entirety of the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) postseason tournament – from the quarterfinals through the championship game – will be hosted by the highest remaining seeds at on-campus venues, beginning with the 2016-17 season.

The "2017 WCHA Playoffs" will consist of four (4) best-of-three, quarterfinal round series hosted by the league's top four regular-season finishers the weekend of March 3-5, followed by two (2) best-of-three semifinal round series hosted by the highest remaining seeds the weekend of March 10-12. The "2017 WCHA Championship" will be a single game, hosted by the highest remaining seed, Saturday, March 18. As has been the case since the 2013-14 campaign, the top eight teams from the WCHA regular season will qualify for the postseason.

There is no greater thrill for hockey fans than watching their favorite team play for a championship on home ice. Much of what makes the WCHA so special are our passionate fan bases and fantastic in-arena atmospheres, which will only be heightened in a playoff series or in a single game with a championship and NCAA Tournament berth on the line.

The opportunity to compete for the Broadmoor Trophy in a unique, frenzied atmosphere promises to be a fantastic experience for our student-athletes, our institutions and our fans.

We look forward to watching a new WCHA tradition grow and flourish, because there's no place like home!