The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) held a men's national ice hockey championship from 1968 to 1984 when ice hockey was dropped as an NAIA sport.

Possible restart of eventEdit

There have been several current NAIA members that have approached the NAIA about restarting sponsorship of ice hockey.  The organization requires a minimum of 15 schools to sponsor the sport to change its status from emerging to championship category.  There are 17 schools which have hockey programs (an 18th school started play in 2016-17). One school is presently an independent club team, while 14 are present members of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, mostly based in the upper Midwestern US. Two additional teams are based in the province of British Columbia and presently play in Canadian based leagues.


In cooperation with the American Collegiate Hockey Association an NAIA Division (officially known as the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference was formed for the 2017-18 season. On September 1, 2017 at the ACHA coaches convention in Naples, Florida the division was officially approved.  Five members of both organizations (Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), Indiana Institute of Technology (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Michigan, Lindenwood University (Belleville, Illinois, and Waldorf University (Forest City, Iowa) are playing in the new division. Conference play started in October 2017 and will end with a national championship held in March of 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Three additional teams (Concordia University-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Midland University (Freemont, Nebraska)) are slated to join the league for 2018-19.

Winners of the NAIA national ice hockey championshipEdit

Year Champion Score Runner-up
1968 Bemidji State 5-4 (ot) Lake Superior State
1969 Bemidji State 6-2 Lake Superior State
1970 Bemidji State 7-4 Lake Superior State
1971 Bemidji State 6-2 Lakehead
1972 Lake Superior State 9-3 Gustavus Adolphus
1973 Bemidji State 3-2 (ot) Lakehead
1974 Lake Superior State 4-1 Bemidji State
1975 St. Scholastica 7-1 Gustavus Adolphus
1976 Wisconsin–Superior 8-5 St. Scholastica
1977 St. Scholastica 3-2 Gustavus Adolphus
1978 Augsburg 4-3 Bemidji State
1979 Bemidji State 5-1 Concordia Moorhead
1980 Bemidji State 4-3 Michigan–Dearborn
1981 Augsburg 8-3 Wisconsin–Superior
1982 Augsburg 6-3 Bemidji State
1983 Wisconsin–River Falls 12-5 Michigan–Dearborn
1984 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 6-1 Michigan–Dearborn