The formation of the league was motivated by the decision of Penn State University to start a varsity hockey program in the spring of 2011. This gave the Big Ten Conference enough members to start a Division I hockey league for the 2013-14 academic year. The fall out also led to the demise of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association
|School||Hockey arena||Year built||Capacity|
|Colorado College||Broadmoor World Arena||1998||7,750|
|Miami||Goggin Ice Center||2006||3,200|
|Minnesota Duluth||AMSOIL Arena||2010||6,732|
|North Dakota||Ralph Engelstad Arena||2001||11,640|
|St. Cloud State||Herb Brooks National Hockey Center||1989||5,763|
|Western Michigan||Lawson Arena||1974||3,667|
The league took to the ice for the 2013-14 season with the eight teams being grouped into a single table. The first league games were held on October 18, 2013. The regular season ended on March 8, 2014. The regular season champions, the St. Cloud State Huskies, were awarded the Penrose Cup.
The league's inaugural post season tournament was NCHC Frozen Faceoff. All eight members participated in the tournament wiith the first round being a best-of-three held on campus sites (at the higher seed) involving teams paired off as 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5. The semifinals and final were held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 21 and 22, 2014. There was also a consolation game involving the semifinal losing teams. The tournament winner, Denver Pioneers received an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey tournament.
Regular Season Champions (Penrose Cup)Edit
- 2013-14 St. Cloud State Huskies
- 2014-15 University of North Dakota
- 2015-16 University of North Dakota
Frozen Faceoff ChampionsEdit