EDINA, Minn. – Sept. 23, 2015 – Ensuring live television coverage of its jewel event throughout the Upper Midwest region and beyond, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and Commissioner Bill Robertson today announced an exclusive partnership with FOX Sports North (FSN) to telecast the 2016 WCHA Final Five.
FOX Sports North, the region's preeminent sports network, will provide live telecasts from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. for all three games of the 2016 WCHA Final Five: Two semifinal contests on Friday, March 18 (beginning at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. CT, respectively) and the Broadmoor Trophy championship game at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 19.
"We are thrilled to extend our partnership with FOX Sports North and provide our fans with best-in-class television coverage of the 2016 WCHA Final Five," said Robertson. "As we saw last season with three nationally-ranked teams competing, the Final Five remains the sport's finest conference tournament. The FOX Sports family, beginning with FSN, is the perfect partner to showcase these games to college hockey fans across the region."
As part of the FOX Sports North 2015-16 college hockey television package, an additional five games – with the possibility of a sixth – involving WCHA teams will be aired on the network. These include a pair of Minnesota State road games (Oct. 16 at St. Cloud State and Nov. 14 at Minnesota), along with the Jan. 30 North Star College Cup openers for both the Mavericks and defending tournament champion Bemidji State. Both the consolation and championship games of the North Star College Cup – at least one of which will feature a WCHA team or teams – will also be telecast on FOX Sports North.
The four winning teams from the WCHA's best-of-three, quarterfinal round playoff series advance to the 2016 Final Five in West Michigan, where they will compete for the prestigious Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. In 2015, the WCHA championship game was the only one in college hockey to pit a pair of top-five, nationally ranked teams as No. 2 Minnesota State defeated No. 4 Michigan Tech to win the school's second consecutive title.
All games televised on FOX Sports North also will be streamed live on FOX Sports GO. FOX Sports GO is available to customers of participating pay-TV providers on iOS, Android, Fire tablets and Fire phones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, select Windows devices and online at FOXSportsGO.com. The 2016 WCHA Final Five – along with up to 196 WCHA games throughout the year – will also be streamed live via wcha.tv.
About FOX Sports North
FOX Sports North reaches more than 2 million homes throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information about the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network: www.foxsportsnorth.com.
About Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, will proudly mark its 64th season of men's competition in 2015-16. The 10-team Division 1 conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats). For more information, visit wcha.com.