The wide (and not so wide) world of the WCHA Graphic by Jian Bautista Full view

The wide (and not so wide) world of the WCHA

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is one of six Div. I college hockey conferences in the country. It spans five different states, three time zones and any number of dialects.

Although the WCHA has been around for six decades, only recently did it say goodbye to two cornerstone organizations: Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Gophers and Badgers joined the newly formed Big 10 hockey conference following the 2012-13 season. The Big 10 hockey conference currently consists of Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. 

However, the Big 10 hockey conference wouldn’t be the largest swindler of WCHA schools two seasons ago. Instead, that title would belong to the brand-new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, and St. Cloud State all left the WCHA to form the backbone of the NCHC. 

So who, what and where is the “WCHA of today?” With teams like Bowling Green and Bemidji State, it isn’t obvious where these teams are located. This map is designed to clear up any of that confusion as you seek to become a more knowledgeable college hockey fan. For more, check out this past TNL article.

WCHA Team Map. Graphic by Jian Bautista.
WCHA Team Map. Graphic by Jian Bautista.
WCHA team stats. Graphic by Jian Bautista.
WCHA team stats. Graphic by Jian Bautista.

Written by Nolin Ainsworth