Minnesota brought the NCAA title back to the WCHA in 2015, winning the program's sixth national championship and the 15th in league history
Minnesota Duluth (five NCAA titles; last in 2010) and Wisconsin (four NCAA crowns; last in 2011) round out the WCHA's championship trifecta.
2012 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Brianna Decker has followed up her sensational Wisconsin career by excelling on the professional and international stages, earning 2015 CWHL Rookie of the Year honors and USA Hockey accolades as the 2015 Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year
• 15 National Championships in 16 years
• 6 Patty Kazmaier Award Winners
• 76 All-Americans
• Hundreds of Olympic and international team heroes
• Countless young women inspired
Home to a record 15 national championships since its founding in 1999, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association is clearly second to none.
Entering its 17th year of competition in 2015-16, the WCHA consists of its seven original members – Bemidji State University, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State University, Ohio State University, St. Cloud State University and University of Wisconsin – along with University of North Dakota, which joined in 2004. All eight member schools are among the finest institutions of higher learning in the country, offering the very best in both educational and athletic environments for the more than 200 student-athletes who compete annually in the league.
Since its founding, the women's WCHA has set standards of excellence unmatched by any other Division I conference – in any sport. Including the first season of 1999-2000, teams representing this Association have captured a record 15 national championships – including 14 NCAA Women's Frozen Four crowns. WCHA teams have also produced six Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winners and 70 All-Americans. The 2014-15 campaign was no exception, with Minnesota winning its sixth national title and WCHA players earning six of the 12 spots on All-America teams. Proving that perhaps the best is yet to come, the WCHA featured five different 20-win teams for the first time in its illustrious 16-year history.
The Association also has an indelible legacy on the international hockey scene, with scores of players and coaches enjoying success in such prestigious competitions as the Olympic Winter Games, the IIHF World Championship and the 4 Nations Cup. During the 2014-15 season alone, twenty-eight current or former WCHA student-athletes, representing six member institutions and all four competing countries, participated in the 2014 4 Nations Cup. In addition, forty players with WCHA ties, representing seven member institutions and competing for six different countries, participated in the 2015 IIHF World Championships.
Off the ice, women's WCHA student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and in the community. Hundreds have earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete and All-WCHA Academic Team accolades for their exemplary academic performance. In recognition of her efforts in founding the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League in rural Kenya, all while balancing a rigorous academic load and leading the Badgers on-ice, Wisconsin's Brittany Ammerman was the recipient of the 2015 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.
With stellar hockey being played in every rink, every night throughout the season, the women's WCHA continues to lead the country in attendance, as it has done every year since its inaugural campaign. The league's .765 nonconference winning percentage (38-11-2) in 2014-15 was once again – far and away – best in the NCAA.
Each league season concludes with the best postseason conference tournament in women's college hockey – the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF. Conducted annually after the conclusion of the regular season and the first round of league playoffs, the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF routinely brings together many of the nation's top programs to compete for the league playoff championship and the conference's automatic berth into the national tournament.
The numbers and accolades speak for themselves regarding the WCHA – a great conference with a proud history that, by any measure, is better than ever.
The WCHA – Tradition Starts Here.