BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – February 19, 2018 – The home of a record 16 national championships, the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) will now have League postseason hardware to match its standing as the country's premier conference, thanks to the generosity and support of John Buccigross and Twin Cities-based apparel company GoodWood Hockey.
Buccigross, the longtime ESPN anchor and renowned benefactor of hockey at all levels, has provided – through his #bucciovertimechallenge and #cawlidgehawkey initiative – the funds for a new, custom-designed, perpetual WCHA Final Faceoff championship trophy, to be awarded to the winner of the League's annual postseason tournament. The new trophy, which will debut at the 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff, was produced by Winners Award Group, will stand two-and-a-half feet high and is made of thick brushed aluminum with a multi-tiered satin black wood base that accommodates the acid-etched winning university name on the base plates. In addition to this trophy, which the championship team will keep on campus for one year, Buccigross' donation will also cover several years' worth of replica trophies for the winning school to proudly display.
GoodWood Hockey is extending its season-long WCHA partnership with financial support of the League's annual individual awards. Like its weekly and monthly honors, the League will proudly award the 2017-18 "WCHA Women's League Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Goaltender, Rookie, Outstanding Student-Athlete, Overall Player and Coach of the Year, Powered by GoodWood Hockey." Additionally, the 2017-18 All-WCHA Teams (First, Second, Third and Rookie, along with All-Academic), along with the Women's League Scholar-Athlete Awards, will be "Powered by GoodWood Hockey."
"GoodWood Hockey is thrilled to be a continued partner of the WCHA Women's League," said Kelly Meza, co-founder and co-owner of GoodWood Hockey. "We are so proud of these athletes and their coaches on and off the ice, and we are honored to be a part of recognizing their efforts and accomplishments as another incredible season of hockey comes to a close."
Commented WCHA Vice President and Women's League Commissioner Katie Million: "It is often said that hockey people are the best people. John and Kelly exemplify this spirit, as their support will greatly enhance the student-athlete experience for the young women of the WCHA – for that, we are truly grateful!
"We are incredibly thrilled that WCHA teams will finally be able to raise a worthy tournament championship trophy, one that invokes passion among players and fans alike, while joining the pantheon of hockey's cherished hardware. We are also excited to provide fantastic mementos to our 2017-18 individual award winners, honoring their tremendous accomplishments on the ice and in the classroom."
The 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff will take place March 3-4 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The WCHA's 2017-18 end-of-season awards will be announced over the next two weeks, beginning with Scholar-Athlete Award recipients and All-WCHA teams this week. The League's individual award-winners will be announced next week, prior to the WCHA Final Faceoff.
For more information on how you can assist the WCHA Women's League, visit the League's RallyMe fundraising page at www.wcha.rallyme.com.
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has won a record 16 national championships in 18 years since its inception in 1999 (including 15 of a possible 17 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Award winners, 95 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team Division 1 conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). For more information, visit www.wcha.com.
About #bucciovertimechallenge and #cawlidgehawkey
Own the hottest hockey apparel on the planet, with all proceeds going to hockey-related and hockey-led charities. For more information, visit www.bucciot.myshopify.com.
About GoodWood Hockey
Family owned and operated in Saint Paul, Minn., GoodWood Hockey is focused on providing unique, high quality, socially-responsible apparel to the growing hockey community. The only hockey-inspired clothing company that specializes in items for the entire family, GoodWood Hockey aims to become a household name in homes across North America through providing excellent products backed by exceptional customer service. Through their philanthropic division, GWH: Hockey for Good, the brand aims to provide support and solutions to global issues through a variety of charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.goodwoodhockey.com.