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College hockey refers to ice hockey played between college
College
A college is an educational institution or a constituent part of an educational institution. Usage varies in English-speaking nations...

s with their teams composed of enrolled student
Student
A student is a learner, or someone who attends an educational institution. In some nations, the English term is reserved for those who attend university, while a schoolchild under the age of eighteen is called a pupil in English...

s. College hockey is played in Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 and the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, though leagues outside of North America exist.

In Canada, college hockey refers to community college and small college ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

 (not university
University
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

 level) that operates under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association
Canadian Colleges Athletic Association
The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association is the national governing body for organized sports at colleges in Canada. It was formed in 1974. The CCAA hosts nine annual national championships. The CCAA's name in French is l'Association canadienne du sport collégial .Its equivalent body for...

 (CCAA). It consists of two conferences, being the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference
Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference
The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference is the governing body for collegiate sports in Alberta, Canada. Founded in 1964, as the Western Inter-College Conference, the ACAC is represented by seventeen schools, including one in Saskatchewan, that compete in ten sports.The ACAC is a member of the...

 (ACAC) and the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association
Ontario Colleges Athletic Association
The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association is the governing body of all intercollegiate sports in the Canadian province of Ontario. The OCAA is a part of the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association...

 (OCAA).

In the United States, college hockey refers to ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

 played between colleges and universities with the competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...

 (NCAA).

In the NCAA, two of the three membership divisions, Division I and Division III, hold national championships, and the hockey teams of schools that are generally Division II members compete in either D-I (in the majority of such instances) or D-III.

NCAA




NCAA ice hockey is played by teams that hail from cold-weather areas of the Northeast, Midwest, Alaska
Alaska
Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait...

, and Colorado
Colorado
Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

 due to the sport's popularity in those regions. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is the sole NCAA program in the Southeastern US. As of 2011 there are 59 Division I men's ice hockey teams, 6 Division II men's ice hockey teams, and 73 Division III men's ice hockey teams. There are also 34 Division I women's ice hockey teams and 52 Division III women's ice hockey teams.

NCAA Structure


The teams that play college hockey are split into conferences, which themselves are classified within one of the NCAA's three overall athletic divisions. Because of the limited number of Division I colleges sponsoring ice hockey, Division I teams compete in special hockey-only conferences that are unconnected with their member schools' various primary athletic conferences (the ones they belong to for basketball, football and other sports). The majority of hockey-playing Division III colleges also compete in hockey-only conferences, although a few Division III athletic conferences do sponsor hockey.

One Division I non-hockey conference, the Ivy League
Ivy League
The Ivy League is an athletic conference comprising eight private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern United States. The conference name is also commonly used to refer to those eight schools as a group...

, crowns hockey champions for both men and women. Six of the eight Ivies sponsor intercollegiate hockey programs for both sexes, and all are members of ECAC Hockey. The Ivy League uses the results of its members in ECAC play to determine Ivy champions. The Big Ten plans to add a men's hockey championship in 2013-14.

Until 1999, the NCAA also sponsored a Division II championship. It was suspended following 1999, due to a lack of sponsoring schools. Currently, the few remaining Division II teams play up in Division I or play down in Division III. The Northeast Ten Conference
Northeast Ten Conference
The Northeast-10 Conference is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division II. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont...

 is the only Division II conference to sponsor ice hockey. It holds a postseason tournament for its member schools playing in Division III hockey because the NCAA prohibits Division II teams from competing in Division III postseason play.
  • Men's
    • Division I
      • Atlantic Hockey
        Atlantic Hockey
        The Atlantic Hockey Association is a NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey conference which operates primarily in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as an ice hockey–only conference. Unlike several other college athletic conferences, Atlantic Hockey has no women's...

      • Big Ten (Beginning with the 2013-14 Season)
      • Central Collegiate Hockey Association
        Central Collegiate Hockey Association
        The Central Collegiate Hockey Association is a NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey college athletic conference that operates mostly in Michigan and Ohio, although it also has members in Alaska and Indiana. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference. It holds its championship...

      • National Collegiate Hockey Conference
        National Collegiate Hockey Conference
        The National Collegiate Hockey Conference is an NCAA men's division I hockey conference, announced on July 9, 2011, by six schools. Formed by a combination of WCHA teams and two CCHA teams, the league will begin conference play for the 2013–2014 season, the same season that the Big Ten Conference...

         (Beginning during the 2013-14 Season as announced on July 9, 2011 by the athletic directors of six schools)
      • ECAC Hockey
      • Hockey East
        Hockey East
        Hockey East Association is a NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey conference which operates in New England. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference....

      • Western Collegiate Hockey Association
        Western Collegiate Hockey Association
        The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates over a wide area of the Midwestern and Western United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as an ice hockey-only conference....

      • Independent Colleges
        NCAA Division I independent schools (ice hockey)
        NCAA Division I independent schools are teams that compete in NCAA college ice hockey but are not members of a conference. There are several current schools who, at one time or another, competed as Division I independents.-Men:-Women:-Men:-Women:...

    • Division II - does not exist in Men's Hockey: all teams have moved to Div I or III as of 1999. The Northeast Ten Conference does hold a post season tournament for its member schools fielding ice hockey teams.
      • Northeast Ten Conference
        Northeast Ten Conference
        The Northeast-10 Conference is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division II. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont...

    • Division III
      • ECAC East
        ECAC East
        ECAC East is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference.-Members:...

      • ECAC Northeast
        ECAC Northeast
        ECAC Northeast is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference.There is no women's ECAC Northeast division...

      • ECAC West
        ECAC West
        ECAC West is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference.-Members:* Nazareth College will join the league with a men's team starting in 2012....

      • Eastern College Athletic Conference
        Eastern College Athletic Conference
        The Eastern College Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference comprising schools that compete in 21 sports . It has 317 member institutions in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, ranging in location from Maine to North Carolina and west to Illinois...

      • Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference
        Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference
        The Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III...

      • Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association
        Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association
        Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates in the midwestern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference...

      • Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
        Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
        The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III. As the name implies, member schools are located in the state of Minnesota...

      • New England Small College Athletic Conference
        New England Small College Athletic Conference
        The New England Small College Athletic Conference is an NCAA Division III athletic conference, consisting of eleven highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities located in New England and New York...

      • Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
        Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
        Northern Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the midwestern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference....

      • State University of New York Athletic Conference
        State University of New York Athletic Conference
        The State University of New York Athletic Conference is an NCAA Division III athletics conference consisting of schools in the State University of New York system...


  • Women's
    • Division I
      • College Hockey America
        College Hockey America
        College Hockey America is a women's college ice hockey conference in the United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference. The conference is currently made up of four women's teams in New York and Pennsylvania....

      • ECAC women's ice hockey
        ECAC women's ice hockey
        The women’s division of the ECAC is a college athletic conference which operates in the Eastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I. The conference used to be affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference, a consortium of over 300 colleges in the eastern United States...

      • Hockey East
        Hockey East
        Hockey East Association is a NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey conference which operates in New England. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference....

      • Western Collegiate Hockey Association
        Western Collegiate Hockey Association
        The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates over a wide area of the Midwestern and Western United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as an ice hockey-only conference....

      • Independent Colleges
        NCAA Division I independent schools (ice hockey)
        NCAA Division I independent schools are teams that compete in NCAA college ice hockey but are not members of a conference. There are several current schools who, at one time or another, competed as Division I independents.-Men:-Women:-Men:-Women:...

    • Division II
      • N/A
    • Division III
      • ECAC East
        ECAC East
        ECAC East is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference.-Members:...

      • ECAC West
        ECAC West
        ECAC West is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference.-Members:* Nazareth College will join the league with a men's team starting in 2012....

      • Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
        Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
        The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III. As the name implies, member schools are located in the state of Minnesota...

      • New England Small College Athletic Conference
        New England Small College Athletic Conference
        The New England Small College Athletic Conference is an NCAA Division III athletic conference, consisting of eleven highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities located in New England and New York...

      • Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
        Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
        Northern Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the midwestern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference....

      • Independent Colleges

Championships


The NCAA holds a yearly postseason tournament for the national championship, the Division I national champion is crowned through the NCAA Men's Division I Hockey Championship.

The Frozen Four is the trademarked name of the final two rounds of the NCAA Division I championship
NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship
The annual NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship tournament determines the top men's ice hockey team in NCAA Division I and Division III. The semi-finals and finals of the Division I Championship are branded as the Frozen Four, a passing nod to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship - known...

 of ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

 in the USA. Schools advance in a single-elimination tournament from four regional sites to a single site, where the national semifinals and final game are played. The NCAA started a Women's Frozen Four
NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship
The annual NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship tournaments determine the top women's ice hockey teams in NCAA Division I and Division III. Women's ice hockey does not have a Division II classification. Under NCAA rules, Division II schools are allowed to compete as Division I members in sports...

 beginning in the 2000-01 season.

American Women's College Hockey Alliance champions


Prior to the NCAA establishing a women's ice hockey championship, the AWCHA held a championship from 1997-98 season to 1999-2000 season. Below are those champions.
  • 1998 New Hampshire
  • 1999 Harvard
  • 2000 Minnesota

NHL Success


Men's U.S. college hockey has proven to be a significant feeder system to the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which 7 are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States...

. In 2010-11, 30 percent of NHL players (a total of 294) had U.S. college hockey experience prior to turning professional. That number represented an increase of 35% from 10 years ago. Among the top former U.S. college players in the NHL are Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger and alternate captain currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League .-Playing career:...

, Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller is a professional ice hockey goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres.Other people named Ryan Miller:*Ryan Miller , video game designer and author*Ryan Miller , lead singer and guitar player for the band Guster...

, Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Bryan Toews is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who plays for and is captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League . He is currently the youngest captain in the NHL, having been appointed in 2008....

 and Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas (ice hockey)
Timothy James Thomas, Jr. is an American professional ice hockey goaltender with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League . Raised in Davison, MI, Thomas played college hockey for the University of Vermont for four years, from 1993–1997, during which he was drafted 217th overall by the...

.

NCAA awards

  • Hobey Baker Memorial Award
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award, first presented in 1981, honors the top player in Men’s Division I hockey. It is named for Hobey Baker
Hobey Baker
Hobart Amory Hare "Hobey" Baker was an American amateur athlete of the early twentieth century. Regarded as the first American star in ice hockey, he was also an accomplished football player. Born into a prominent family from Philadelphia, he enrolled at Princeton University in 1910...

, regarded as the first true star of American hockey. A 1914 graduate of Princeton, Baker went on to serve in World War I. He died in December 1918, shortly after the war ended, when the plane he was flying crashed hours before he was scheduled to return to the U.S. Finalists are chosen based on strength of character both on and off the ice, contributions to the integrity of the team, outstanding skills in all phases of the game, and scholastic achievement and sportsmanship, with the winner being announced annually during the off-day between the semifinal and championship rounds at the Frozen Four.

  • Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named after Patty Kazmaier
Patty Kazmaier-Sandt
Patty Kazmaier-Sandt was a four-year varsity letter-winner for the Princeton University women's ice hockey team from 1981 through 1986. The Patty Kazmaier Award is named in her honour.-Playing career:...

, a standout defenseman from Princeton from 1981 to 1986 who lost her life following a battle with a rare blood disease. First awarded in 1998, the Kazmaier award is given annually by USA Hockey to the top player in Women’s Division I program. As with the Hobey Baker Award, the Kazmaier Award is presented on the off-day between the semifinal and championship games at the Women’s Frozen Four. Nomination criteria include “Outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration will also be given to academic achievement and civic involvement.”

NCAA Eligibility


U.S. college hockey players must be deemed eligible for NCAA competition by the NCAA Eligiblity Center, a process that examines a student-athlete's academic qualifications and amateur status. Players who have participated in the Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
The Canadian Hockey League is an umbrella organization that represents the three Canadian-based major junior ice hockey leagues for players 16 to 20 years of age. The CHL was founded in 1975 as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League, and is composed of its three member leagues, the Western Hockey...

 or any other professional hockey league are considered ineligible for NCAA Division I hockey.

CIS



University hockey teams in Canada compete in leagues as part of Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada, comprising the majority of degree granting universities in the country. Its equivalent body for organized sports at colleges in Canada is The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association...

 (CIS), the national governing body for Canadian collegiate athletics. The CIS sponsors both men's and women's hockey. Like in the United States, teams compete in athletic conferences/leagues based on geographical locations of the schools. Unlike the NCAA the CIS does not award players with athletic scholarships, resulting in a lack of divisional separation such as found between NCAA divisions. Individual conferences hold postseason tournaments, followed by the round-robin
Round-robin
The term round-robin was originally used to describe a document signed by multiple parties in a circle to make it more difficult to determine the order in which it was signed, thus preventing a ringleader from being identified...

 CIS Championship tournament in late March.

ACHA



The American Collegiate Hockey Association
American Collegiate Hockey Association
The American Collegiate Hockey Association is the national governing body of non-varsity college ice hockey in the U.S. The organization provides structure, regulations, promotes the quality of play, sponsors National Awards and National Tournaments....

 (ACHA) is the sanctioning body for non-NCAA club ice hockey in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The organization provides structure, regulations and promotes the quality of collegiate ice hockey.
Teams separated into three men's and two women's divisions with over 300 teams from across the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The majority of the ACHA schools don't offer NCAA hockey, there are some schools that offer both a club team in the ACHA and a varsity team in the NCAA. ACHA teams attract considerable on-campus attention and the quality of play is considered quite high, especially in the top division.

Strict NCAA requirements, large operating budgets, and Title IX
Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a United States law, enacted on June 23, 1972, that amended Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2002 it was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, in honor of its principal author Congresswoman Mink, but is most...

 issues are major reasons why many universities opt to field teams in the ACHA instead of the NCAA.

NAIH


The National Association of Intercollegiate Hockey
National Association of Intercollegiate Hockey
The National Association of Intercollegiate Hockey is a national organization of non-NCAA, men's college and university-level ice hockey programs. Membership in the NAIH consists of prive and public colleges and universities across the United States. The NAIH allows colleges and universities...

 (NAIH) was established in 2011 as an alternative to the ACHA. The organization is made up of 11 non-ACHA and non-NCAA ice hockey teams located in the Northeastern United States
Northeastern United States
The Northeastern United States is a region of the United States as defined by the United States Census Bureau.-Composition:The region comprises nine states: the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Mid-Atlantic states of New...

. After the initial 11-team 2011-12 season, the NAIA hopes to expand in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 and Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

.

National Junior College Athletic Association


The National Junior College Athletic Association
National Junior College Athletic Association
The National Junior College Athletic Association , founded in 1938, is an association of community college and junior college athletic departments throughout the United States. It is held as Divisions and Regions. The current NJCAA holds 24 separate regions.-History:The idea for the NJCAA was...

 (NJCAA) sponsors men's ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

 at the NJCAA division I level. 9 schools play hockey as members of the NJCAA, many also play against and are members of the ACHA.

NJCAA schools that field Men's Ice Hockey:
  • Broome Community College
    Broome Community College
    Broome Community College is a SUNY two-year college in Broome County, New York. The college was founded in 1946 and went through several name changes. The school is located in Binghamton, New York...

  • Community College of Allegheny County-North
    Community College of Allegheny County
    Community College of Allegheny County, or CCAC as it is officially abbreviated, is a community college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With four campuses and six centers, the college offers associate's degrees, certificate and diploma programs....

  • County College of Morris
    County College of Morris
    County College of Morris is a public community college located in Randolph, New Jersey. The college was founded in 1966, and first opened its doors to students in 1968....

  • Dakota College at Bottineau
  • Erie Community College
    Erie Community College
    Erie Community College is a two-year community college that is part of the 64-campus SUNY system. It is the fourth-largest community college in New York State....

  • Hibbing Community College
    Hibbing Community College
    Hibbing Community College is a Community College located in Hibbing, Minnesota. It was founded in 1916 and has undergone several transformations. Originally housed in the historic Hibbing High School, it moved into its own campus in 1969....

  • Hudson Valley Community College
    Hudson Valley Community College
    Hudson Valley Community College, a SUNY associated two-year college, is located in Troy in Rensselaer County, New York. Although about eighty percent of the students are from the local area, the remainder are from other parts of New York, other states and from some 30 countries around the...

  • Mohawk Valley Community College
    Mohawk Valley Community College
    Mohawk Valley Community College is a two-year college of the State University of New York located in Oneida County, New York in the United States...

  • Monroe Community College
    Monroe Community College
    Monroe Community College is a two-year college of the State University of New York, located in Monroe County, New York. The college has two campuses, one in the town of Brighton and another, the Damon City Campus, in the City of Rochester...


Outdoor games in the 21st century



Men's

  • Cold War
    Cold War (ice hockey)
    The Cold War was a college ice hockey game played between U.S. college rivals Michigan State University and the University of Michigan on Saturday, October 6, 2001...

     - October 6, 2001 Michigan vs Michigan State (Spartan Stadium
    Spartan Stadium (East Lansing)
    Spartan Stadium opened in 1923 in East Lansing, Michigan, United States. It is primarily used for football, and is the home field of the Michigan State University Spartans...

    )
  • Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic February 11, 2006, Ohio State vs Wisconsin (Lambeau Field
    Lambeau Field
    Lambeau Field is an outdoor football stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the home of the NFL's Green Bay Packers. Opened in 1957 as City Stadium, it replaced the original City Stadium as the Packers' home field...

    )
  • Frozen Fenway, January 8, 2010 Boston University vs Boston College (Fenway Park
    Fenway Park
    Fenway Park is a baseball park near Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts. Located at 4 Yawkey Way, it has served as the home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox baseball club since it opened in 1912, and is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use. It is one of two "classic"...

    )
  • New Jersey Pond Hockey Classic - January 9, 2010 University of Maryland Baltimore County vs Rowan University (Navesink Country Club, Middletown, NJ)
  • Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic February 6, 2010 Michigan vs Wisconsin (Camp Randall Stadium
    Camp Randall Stadium
    Camp Randall Stadium is an outdoor stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. It has been the home of the Wisconsin Badgers football team in rudimentary form since 1895, and as a complete stadium since 1917. It is located on the center-southern region of the University of Wisconsin campus. The stadium seats...

    )
  • The Big Chill at the Big House – December 11, 2010 held at Michigan Stadium
    Michigan Stadium
    Michigan Stadium, nicknamed "The Big House," is the football stadium for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan Stadium was built in 1927 at a cost of $950,000 and had an original capacity of 72,000. Before playing football at the stadium, the Wolverines played on Ferry Field...

     set the hockey attendance record when 104,173 fans watched Michigan
    Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey
    The Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team is the college ice hockey team that represents the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Earning varsity status in 1922, the program is competing in its 90th season...

     defeat Michigan State
    Michigan State Spartans men's ice hockey
    The Michigan State Spartans men's ice hockey team is the college ice hockey team that represents Michigan State University . The team plays at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan, on the MSU campus. The current head coach is Tom Anastos, who took over coaching duties on March 23, 2011,...

     5-0.

Women's

  • January 8, 2010 Northeastern vs New Hampshire Fenway Park
    Fenway Park
    Fenway Park is a baseball park near Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts. Located at 4 Yawkey Way, it has served as the home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox baseball club since it opened in 1912, and is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use. It is one of two "classic"...

  • Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic February 6, 2010 Bemidji State vs Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
    Camp Randall Stadium
    Camp Randall Stadium is an outdoor stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. It has been the home of the Wisconsin Badgers football team in rudimentary form since 1895, and as a complete stadium since 1917. It is located on the center-southern region of the University of Wisconsin campus. The stadium seats...


Longest-running annual international rivalry


A rivalry between the United States Military Academy (Army) Black Knights
Army Black Knights
Army Black Knights is the name of the athletics teams of the United States Military Academy. They participate in NCAA Division I-A as a non-football member of the Patriot League, a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision independent school, and a member of Atlantic Hockey, the Collegiate Sprint...

 and the Royal Military College of Canada
Royal Military College of Canada
The Royal Military College of Canada, RMC, or RMCC , is the military academy of the Canadian Forces, and is a degree-granting university. RMC was established in 1876. RMC is the only federal institution in Canada with degree granting powers...

 (RMC) Paladins
RMC Paladins
The RMC Paladins are the athletic teams that represent Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Team colours are red and white...

 resulted in an annual West Point Weekend hockey game. The series was first played in 1923, and was claimed to be the longest-running annual international sporting event in the world. Army and RMC played continuously from 1949 until 2007, when scheduling conflicts forced the academies to abandon the scheduled game. The series will resume in 2011-12 and continue for the next two seasons at least.

See also

  • Beanpot (ice hockey) (tournament)
  • College athletics
    College athletics
    College athletics refers primarily to sports and athletic competition organized and funded by institutions of tertiary education . In the United States, college athletics is a two-tiered system. The first tier includes the sports that are sanctioned by one of the collegiate sport governing bodies...

  • Great Lakes Invitational
    Great Lakes Invitational
    The Great Lakes Invitational is a four-team NCAA men's ice hockey tournament held annually at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit between Christmas and New Year as part of College Hockey at The Joe....

  • List of defunct college hockey teams
  • NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship
    NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship
    The annual NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship tournament determines the top men's ice hockey team in NCAA Division I and Division III. The semi-finals and finals of the Division I Championship are branded as the Frozen Four, a passing nod to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship - known...

  • NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship
    NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship
    The annual NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship tournaments determine the top women's ice hockey teams in NCAA Division I and Division III. Women's ice hockey does not have a Division II classification. Under NCAA rules, Division II schools are allowed to compete as Division I members in sports...


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