The National Collegiate Hockey Conference will unveil its league logo and reveal details about its first postseason tournament Thursday as part of a series of public appearances in Minneapolis that includes the state high school hockey tournaments.
The league’s new website, nchchockey.com, will also debut. The announcements will be made at 8 a.m. MT in the council chambers at Minneapolis City Hall.
NCHC Commissioner Jim Scherr, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, St. Cloud State President Earl Potter, North Dakota Athletic Director and NCHC Chairman of the Board Brian Faison, Target Center Vice President/General Manager Steve Mattson, as well as other conference personnel and city officials will be on hand.
The conference will have a booth in the Let’s Play Hockey Exposition next door to introduce the league to the thousands of fans attending the state Class AA and A tournaments in St. Paul.
“It really ideal for us to do this then,” NCHC director of hockey operations Joe Novak said.
The new league, which is based in Colorado Springs, begins play in October. The first postseason tournament will be held at the Target Center in Minneapolis in March 2014.
The NCHC’s members are Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan. The formation of the conference was announced in July 2011, shortly after the Big Ten hockey league formed.
The moves led to the demise of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association after this season and a new version of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association made up of former CCHA and WCHA teams and Alabama-Huntsville starting with the 2013-14 season.
Also, Faison was selected as the NCHC representative for the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee. He joins former Colorado Springs resident Jim Knowlton, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute athletic director and ECAC representative, and Big Ten rep Tom McGinnis of Minnesota on the committee.