History

HISTORY

Founded in 1951, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) has adapted and evolved on numerous occasions over its distinguished history, always with a mindset of growing the game and assisting developing programs however possible.


REGULAR SEASON

Home to some of the most passionate rivalries and thrilling championship chases in college hockey history, the intensity of the WCHA regular season is unparalleled.

     • All-time WCHA Regular Season Champions
     • All-time Team Records and WCHA Rankings
     • WCHA Season Summaries, 1951-2015


PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Through various names and iterations since the first rendition following the 1959-60 season, the WCHA's annual postseason tournament – currently in its 22nd year under the moniker "WCHA Final Five" – has never lacked for drama and outstanding hockey.

     • All-time WCHA Playoff Champions
     • Year-by-Year WCHA Playoff Results, 1960-2015


NCAA AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

The WCHA is home to a record 37 national champions since its inception in 1951.

     • All-time WCHA National Champions
     • All-time WCHA Team Records at NCAA Tournament
     • Year-by-Year NCAA Tournament Results, 1948-2015


HONORS AND AWARDS

The WCHA has had more Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners – 16 – than any other collegiate conference, while the league's history of All-Americans dates back to its inaugural 1951-52 season. The WCHA also boasts numerous honorees in all three Halls of Fame and several AHCA award winners, while the league's own postseason accolades are coveted by its student-athletes.

     • WCHA in the Hall of Fame and AHCA Awards
     • Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winners from the WCHA
     • WCHA All-Americans
     • WCHA Distinguished Service Award
     • WCHA's All-Time Best (The Hockey News) and Top 50 in 50 Years
     • WCHA Honors and Awards
     • WCHA Scoring and Goaltending Champions, 1951-2015
     • All-time, All-WCHA Team Members, by School
     • All-time, All-WCHA Rookie Team Members, by School
     • All-time, WCHA All-Academic Team Members and Scholar-Athletes, by School
     • WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients, 2004-2015


INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY AND THE WCHA

The WCHA's impact has spread beyond collegiate ice, as the league's stars have long shined on the international stage during Olympic and IIHF World Championship competition.

     • All-time WCHA Olympians, 1952-2014
     • All-time U.S. National Team Members from the WCHA, 1955-2015
     • All-time U.S. National Junior Team Members from the WCHA, 1977-2015
     • All-time Results, WCHA Teams vs. International Teams, 1951-2015


WCHA AND THE NHL

Playing in the National Hockey League is the ultimate dream for many who lace up the skates. From Hall of Famers such as Tony Esposito and Chris Chelios to current Stanley Cup winner Jonathan Toews or All-Star David Backes, WCHA alumni have enjoyed success at the peak of professional hockey.

     • All-time WCHA NHL Award Winners
     • All-time WCHA NHL Player Registry, by Position
     • All-time WCHA NHL Draft Picks, by School


WCHA RECORDS

Unsurpassed individual and team feats spanning a game, season or career comprise the cherished numbers within the WCHA Record Book.

     • All-time WCHA Team Records (Season, Game and Period)
     • All-time WCHA Player Records (Career, Season, Game and Period)
     • All-time WCHA Goaltending Records (Career, Season, Game and Period)