- 16 National Championships in 19 years
- 7 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winners
- 98 All-Americans
- Hundreds of Olympic and international team heroes
- Countless young women inspired
Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence
Home to 16 national championships since its founding in 1999, the women’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is celebrating 20 Years of Excellence during its 2018-19 anniversary season.
The WCHA Women’s League has accomplished unparalleled success over its first 19 campaigns, with a record 15 NCAA Frozen Four titles (and one AWCHA crown), seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 83 Olympians among its hundreds of international team stars, 98 All-Americans – and countless young women inspired.
We Are ... Yesterday’s Heroes
Since its founding, the WCHA has set standards of excellence unmatched by any other Division I conference – in any sport. The league also continues to craft an indelible legacy on the international and professional hockey scene, with scores of alumnae, current players and coaches enjoying success in such prestigious settings as the Olympic Winter Games (including 14 members of Team USA’s 2018 gold medal-winning squad), the IIHF World Championship, the Four Nations Cup, and professionally with the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL), the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) and the Swedish Women’s Hockey League (SDHL), among others.
Just a few of the many international and professional stars who have worn WCHA jerseys over the years, representing all past and present member institutions, include the likes of Caroline Ouellette, Brianna Decker, Noora Räty, Natalie Spooner, Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, Katie Fitzgerald, Emilia (Andersson) Ramboldt and Stephanie Anderson.
We Are ... Today’s Champions
Our proud membership consists of seven universities, all dedicated to offering the very best in educational and athletic environments for the nearly 200 student-athletes who compete annually in the WCHA Women’s League: Bemidji State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State University, Ohio State University, St. Cloud State University and the University of Wisconsin.
A closer look at the seven member institutions that make up college hockey’s premier conference:
|Bemidji State set a program record with 22 wins in 2015-16, has 71 victories over the last four seasons and counts U.S. National Team forward Stephanie Anderson and all-time WCHA saves leader Brittni Mowat among its recent alumnae.|
|Minnesota is one of the country’s elite programs, with two Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners (including U.S. Olympic gold medalist Amanda Kessel), 35 All-Americans and a record seven national championships – including four in the last seven seasons.|
|Minnesota Duluth, which boasts five national championships, 16 All-Americans and numerous international stars in its storied history, returns 2018 U.S. Olympic hero Maddie Rooney to its net for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign.|
|Minnesota State’s exciting new era under third-year head coach and 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medalist John Harrington continued to move forward in 2018-19, as the Mavericks’ late-season run included a victory over an eventual NCAA Frozen Four participant.|
|Ohio State, the alma mater of Team Canada and CWHL sensation Natalie Spooner, established itself as a budding national power in 2017-18 with a program-record 24 wins, its first-ever Frozen Four appearance and a No. 4 ranking in the final polls.|
|St. Cloud State continues to build a winning team from the net out, as the 2018-19 Huskies will feature the goaltending tandem of two-time Swiss Olympian Janine Alder and All-WCHA Rookie Team performer Emma Polusny.|
|Wisconsin is one of the nation’s dominant programs under head coach and 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Mark Johnson, winning four NCAA Championships, producing five Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners (including 2017 honoree Ann-Renée Desbiens) and developing some of the sport’s brightest stars (including Brianna Decker, Alex Rigsby and Hilary Knight).|
We Are ... Tomorrow’s Legends
With seven high-quality institutions producing leaders and champions on and off the ice, and playing in front of the sport’s best fans, this much is certain: The WCHA - like it has for two decades - will remain elite on the ice, while growing the game by providing an exemplary student-athlete and fan experience.
We Are… The WCHA.
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