College Hockey America
College Hockey America (CHA) is a group of American colleges and universities who play NCAA Division I women's ice hockey against one another every season. It was founded in 1999 as a men's hockey conference, with women's teams joining in 2002. The men's side of CHA folded after the 2009–10 season. As of the current 2012–13 season, CHA has six members, which is the minimum needed to earn an automatic place in the NCAA women's tournament. However, because three of these schools only joined in July 2012, CHA will not get an automatic tournament place until at least the 2014–15 season.
CHA has close ties with Atlantic Hockey, a men's hockey-only conference. Although the conferences do not share offices, they have the same commissioner, and three current CHA members are also in Atlantic Hockey.
Current members [change]
- Lindenwood University
- Mercyhurst University
- Pennsylvania State University ("Penn State")
- Rochester Institute of Technology ("RIT")
- Robert Morris University
- Syracuse University
Of the current members, Mercyhurst, RIT, and Robert Morris have varsity men's teams in Atlantic Hockey. Penn State has a men's varsity team, but it is playing as an independent (i.e., not in a conference) in the 2012–13 season. The next season, Penn State will become part of the new men's hockey league of its all-sports conference, the Big Ten. Syracuse has a men's team, but it plays at club level, outside the NCAA structure.
Former members [change]
Men's teams [change]
- United States Air Force Academy ("Air Force") (1999–2006) — now in Atlantic Hockey
- University of Alabama in Huntsville ("Alabama–Huntsville" or "UAH") (1999–2010) — now a Division I independent, not in any conference; will join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in 2013
- United States Military Academy ("Army") (1999–2000) — now in Atlantic Hockey
- Bemidji State University (1999–2010) — now in the WCHA
- University of Findlay (1999–2004) — dropped men's and women's hockey
- Niagara University (1999–2010) — now in Atlantic Hockey
- Robert Morris University (2004–2010) — now in Atlantic Hockey
- Wayne State University (1999–2008) — dropped men's hockey
Women's teams [change]
- University of Findlay (2002–2004) — dropped men's and women's hockey
- Niagara University (2002–2012) — dropped women's hockey
- Quinnipiac University (2004–2005) — now in ECAC Hockey
- Wayne State University (2002–2011) — dropped women's hockey
- "College Hockey America". collegehockeyamerica.com. http://www.collegehockeyamerica.com/. Retrieved 2012-02-25.