THE NATION'S PREMIER WOMEN'S COLLEGE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT - THE 'WCHA QUARTERFINALS' AND 'WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF'
The WCHA Final Face-Off returns to Ridder Arena in Minneapolis on March 4-5, 2017! Check back soon for more details and information on how to purchase tickets.
Featuring a bevy of nationally-ranked teams, schools with championship aspirations and pedigree, current and future Olympians and professionals, and the nation's top arenas, nowhere in the women's hockey landscape is there a brighter collection of talent, storied programs and passionate fans on display than in the two weeks of the WCHA postseason.
The "WCHA Quarterfinals" is held each year on the final weekend of February and consists of four (4), best-of-three series hosted by the league's top four regular-season finishers. Those four winners then meet in the league's playoff championship - the "WCHA Final Face-Off."
The league's jewel event and the best weekend of the year for college hockey fans, the three-day "2017 WCHA Final Face-Off" is a celebration of the sport's past, present and future.
About the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off
The sport's premier collegiate conference tournament – the WCHA Final Face-Off – returns to the women's hockey hotbed of Minneapolis and Ridder Arena on March 4 and 5, 2017. Annually pitting four of the nation's top programs, the WCHA's final four teams will compete for the league's playoff championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Inspiring the Next Generation
The stars of the 2027 Final Face-Off may very well be on the ice at the 2017 tournament, as the WCHA hosts a free youth clinic during the championship weekend. Open to kids 12 years and under (boys and girls), youth will have a chance to learn from WCHA Women's League coaches and alumni – some of the best to ever lace up the skates. More information to come!
The most storied conference in women's college hockey will welcome back its alumni for the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off. Alumni of all eight member institutions are welcome to participate in a friendly game Friday evening and a gathering later that evening.
About Ridder Arena
The nation's first-ever facility built specifically for women's hockey, Ridder Arena is home to the six-time national champion University of Minnesota Gopher Women's Hockey Program. Since its opening in 2002, Ridder Arena has been a regular host of WCHA Championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), NCAA Regionals and Frozen Fours (2010, 2013 and 2015).
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