EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 13, 2016 – In a historic agreement for the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), the league has partnered with FOX Sports North on the Association's first-ever extended women's hockey television package. The region's preeminent sports network will televise eight regular season contests during the 2016-17 campaign, plus the WCHA Final Face-Off championship game.
The 2016-17 package will feature six of the eight WCHA Women's League schools: Bemidji State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University and the University of Wisconsin.
"This opportunity to provide extended television coverage of WCHA women's hockey on FOX Sports North is an exciting development for the league, our programs and our fans," said Katie Million, WCHA Vice President and Women's League Commissioner. "We are so very proud of the amazing student-athletes, coaches and institutions of the WCHA, and are thrilled to showcase the nation's best college hockey on this platform. We thank FOX Sports North for this partnership and applaud them for sharing our commitment to growing women's hockey throughout the region."
"FOX Sports North is proud to partner with college hockey's premier women's conference," said Mike Dimond, Senior Vice President and General Manager for FOX Sports North. "The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) has a rich tradition of success, and we welcome the opportunity to showcase these fine student-athletes."
Women's College Hockey on FOX Sports North begins on Sunday, December 4, as the reigning WCHA champion Wisconsin Badgers host the back-to-back defending national champion Minnesota Gophers in a contest that will also be shown on FOX Sports Wisconsin. The schedule includes Minnesota at Minnesota Duluth on Friday, January 13, and a marquee match-up between St. Cloud State and Minnesota State on Saturday, January 21, as part of the network's 11th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota event.
Fans will also see key late-season contests, as Bemidji State visits St. Cloud State on Feb. 10 and 11, and Minnesota Duluth hosts the Huskies in the regular season finale on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Telecasts from Minnesota Duluth's AMSOIL Arena are made possible in part by the Bulldog Athletics partnership with the My9 sports network and Quincy Media, while St. Cloud State's home games will be produced by the award-winning student crew of Husky Productions.
Hockey Day Minnesota
An iconic showcase of the state's most cherished sport, the 11th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota will feature WCHA women's hockey for the first time as St. Cloud State hosts Minnesota State at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
"Hockey Day Minnesota has become such a huge thing and is so special for Minnesota hockey players and fans," said SCSU captain Lauren Hespenheide, a native of Shakopee, Minn. "To be able to be a part of it is an awesome feeling, and being from Minnesota makes it that much more meaningful. It's exciting being able to say that I will be playing in a game that is televised during this event!"
Added Mankato, Minn. native Savannah Quandt, a senior forward at Minnesota State and an alternate captain for the Mavericks: "I think it is awesome to be a part of Hockey Day Minnesota 2017. It is a great way to show kids and families what the Minnesota hockey community has to offer. Playing in a televised game brings a whole new level of excitement because more people are watching. In Minnesota, we all grew up watching hockey on television. It is a great event to be a part of."
2016-17 Women's College Hockey on FOX Sports North
|Dec. 4||Sunday||Minnesota at Wisconsin||2:00 PM^|
|Jan. 13||Friday||Minnesota at Minnesota Duluth||3:00 PM|
|Jan. 14||Saturday||St. Cloud State at Wisconsin||4:00 PM^|
|Jan. 20||Friday||Minnesota State at St. Cloud State||3:00 PM|
|Jan. 21||Saturday||Minnesota State at St. Cloud State||3:00 PM+|
|Feb. 10||Friday||Bemidji State at St. Cloud State||3:00 PM|
|Feb. 11||Saturday||Bemidji State at St. Cloud State||3:00 PM+|
|Feb. 18||Saturday||St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth||4:00 PM+|
|Mar. 5||Sunday||WCHA Final Face-Off Championship||TBD|
|^ airs on FOX Sports Wisconsin and FOX
+ airs on FOX Sports North Plus
All Times Central
Schedule Subject to Change
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, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast Support, Windows devices, and online at FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. To stream games, users will need to verify credentials by signing in with their pay-TV provider's user ID and password. There is no additional charge to use FOX Sports GO.
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 the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
The women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association has won a record 16 national championships in 17 years since its inception in 1999, while producing six Patty Kazmaier Award winners, 86 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.