EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 1, 2015 – Continuing an ongoing collaboration between two of the sport's more iconic brands, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and Let's Play Hockey (LPH) today announced a renewal of their partnership for the upcoming 2015-16 season.
Beginning with today's Oct. 1 issue of Let's Play Hockey, the men's and women's WCHA will have a continuing series of features highlighting the on- and off-ice accomplishments of its members, while also showcasing the return of the nation's premier women's conference tournament – the WCHA Final Face-Off – to Minneapolis and Ridder Arena on March 5 and 6, 2016.
"As a revered publication in the hockey community, Let's Play Hockey is an ideal platform to spotlight the WCHA's exceptional student-athletes, coaches and member institutions," said WCHA Men's Commissioner Bill Robertson and Women's Commissioner Aaron Kemp in a joint statement. "We share the commitment of LPH to growing the game and look forward to connecting with our many fans throughout the Upper Midwest."
In addition to the main feature pages, WCHA-related content will be distributed through Let's Play Hockey social media channels. The league will also join the publication at the 27th annual Let's Play Hockey Expo, to be held March 4-5, 2016 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Featuring a full weekend of all things hockey, and aligning with the WCHA Final Face-Off semifinals, the LPH Expo is free and open to the public.
"We are excited for the opportunity to highlight the WCHA and its members for our readers on a regular basis," said Doug Johnson, publisher of Let's Play Hockey. "It is a pleasure to work with a conference that is as passionate about growing and promoting the game as we are. We look forward to another season of helping the WCHA tell its story to thousands of hockey fans in the Upper Midwest."
About Let's Play Hockey
Let's Play Hockey, which covers and promotes the game of ice hockey at all levels from youth to pro, is the longest running hockey newspaper in the United States. It is published 29 times a year, weekly during the season and monthly during the off-season. For more information, visit letsplayhockey.com.
About the men's 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.
About the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
The women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association has won a record 15 national championships in 16 years since its inception in 1999, while producing six Patty Kazmaier Award winners, 76 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and international team members. The eight-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), the University of North Dakota, Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). For more information, visit www.wcha.com.