Moments in CCHA History
The Founding Fathers: Celebrating the CCHA’s 25th anniversary (from left) CCHA 1995-96 Chair Dr. Michael Kasavana of Michigan State, first commissioner Fred Jacoby, second commissioner Jim Ruehl, Bill Selman, Ron Mason and Jack Vivian
Three coaches - Jack Vivian of Bowling Green State University, Ron Mason of Lake Superior State College, and Bill Selman of St. Louis University - meet at the Parker House in Boston and establish a "coaches' league." A scheduling agreement is then reached among Bowling Green, Ohio State University, Ohio University and St. Louis. Lake Superior State joins a year later.
November 12, 1971
The host St. Louis University Billikens defeat the Ohio State University Buckeyes, 3-2, in the first CCHA game. St. Louis's Dave Davies scores the first goal in league play at 8:39 of the first period. OSU's Dave Hoyles scores the first power-play goal at 3:15 of the third, tying the score at 1-1. SLU's Charlie Labelle scores the game-winning goal at 18:34 of third period. Buckeyes' netminder Bill McKenzie makes 22 saves, while Billikens' goaltender Carl Sapinsky turns aside 20 shots.
November 14, 1971
Ohio State's Jerry Welsh registers the first hat trick in CCHA play in a 6-5 overtime loss at St. Louis.
December 4, 1971
St. Louis' Charlie Labelle scores the first short-handed goal in CCHA play in the Billikens' 6-3 loss at Ohio State.
February 25-26, 1972
Ohio State's Bill McKenzie records the first shutouts in CCHA play, 4-0 and 3-0, against Ohio University in a home-and-home series.
January 13, 1973
Fred Jacoby, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference, is invited to become the commissioner of the CCHA by the league's faculty athletic representatives. Jacoby accepts soon after. The league office is based out of Columbus, Ohio.
June 24, 1973
The CCHA holds its first formal meetings of member athletic directors at the Denver Hilton Hotel in Denver, Colo. The league is divided into two divisions - Division I and Division II - based on program funding. Institutional commitment to the CCHA is required by September 1, 1973. Ohio University drops its program and Ohio State becomes an independent, rendering the CCHA a three-team league for the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons.
April 24, 1975
After a two-year absence, Ohio State rejoins the CCHA as a full member.
After capturing the CCHA Division II title for two consecutive years, Western Michigan moves up to Division I for the 1975-76 season.
January 14, 1976
Northern Michigan University is accepted as a probationary member for 1976-77 and its games played against CCHA members do not count in the league standings.
May 13, 1976
The Division II league expands to include Chicago State University, University of Illinois-Chicago Circle, Hillsdale College, Lake Forest College and Ferris State College. The CCHA establishes Player of the Year and All-Conference Team selections. 1976-77 season The CCHA becomes an allied member of the NCAA and is eligible for participation in the NCAA Tournament.
January 10, 1977
The first CCHA logo is approved.
March 20, 1977
Bowling Green State University becomes the first non-Western Collegiate Hockey Association or Eastern College Athletic Conference team to appear in the NCAA Tournament. The Falcons lose to the University of Michigan, 7-5.
April 21, 1977
Northern Michigan University is granted full membership starting with the 1977-78 season.
April 20, 1978
The CCHA establishes the Freshman of the Year and Player of the Week awards.
November 11, 1978
Northern Michigan sophomore forward Bill Joyce is named the first CCHA Player of the Week after registering 4-5-9 in a sweep of Miami University.
January 6, 1979
Over the weekend Bowling Green improves to 23-3-1 (13-0 in the CCHA) and is ranked No. 1 in the nation by WMPL Radio after garnering seven of a possible 10 first-place votes. It's the first No. 1 ranking by a CCHA team.
May 17, 1979
Ferris State College is accepted as a full member for the 1979-80 season. The CCHA establishes the All-Academic Team.
May 22, 1979
Citing financial reasons, St. Louis University, a founding member of the CCHA, announces it is dropping its program effective immediately.
March 29, 1980
Northern Michigan finishes as the runner-up to champion University of North Dakota in the NCAA Tournament at Providence, R.I. It is the highest NCAA Tournament finish for a CCHA team. The Wildcats' Rick Comley is the first CCHA coach to receive the Spencer Penrose Memorial Trophy as the Division I Coach of the Year.
April 24, 1980
After two seasons as an independent varsity program, Miami is accepted into the CCHA as a full member for the 1980-81 season, but is unable to compete in the postseason due to "a phase-in of scheduling." For the 1980-81 season, Miami's road games vs. CCHA opponents count in the standings for the home team only.
May 22, 1980
The CCHA announces the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame will withdraw from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and join the CCHA for the 1981-82 season.
June 12, 1980
The CCHA announces Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University will withdraw from the WCHA and join the CCHA for the 1981-82 season. September 18, 1980
The University of Illinois-Chicago Circle is accepted by the CCHA on a probationary basis for the 1981-82 season. Games against CCHA teams do not count in the league standings and UI-CC is not eligible for postseason play.
April 23, 1981
The CCHA accepts the MacNaughton Cup as the league regular-season championship trophy. The trophy, first awarded in 1914 and serving as the WCHA regular-season championship trophy since 1955, follows Michigan Tech into the league.
December 29-30, 1981
For the first time, the Great Lakes Invitational features four teams from the CCHA - regular participants Michigan Tech, Michigan and Michigan State and Notre Dame. All four schools are in their first season as members of the conference having withdrawn from the WCHA. Notre Dame wins the tournament, 8-3, over Michigan Tech. Irish goaltender Dave Laurion, who would coach Alaska Fairbanks for six seasons, is named Most Valuable Player of the 17th annual GLI.
March 5, 1982
The first media all-star team, the South Bend Tribune All-CCHA Team, is published. Named to the First Team are: Goal - Ron Scott of Michigan State; Defense - Steve Richmond of Michigan and Brian MacLellan of Bowling Green; Forward - Brian Hills and George McPhee of Bowling Green and Dave Poulin of Notre Dame. Named to the Second Team are: Goal - Jon Elliott of Michigan; Defense - Jim File of Ferris State and Gary Haight of Michigan State; Forward - Newell Brown and Mark Hamway of Michigan State and Ross Fitzpatrick of Western Michigan. The media also selects Bowling Green coach Jerry York as the CCHA Coach of the Year, Scott as the Player of the Year and Elliott as the Freshman of the Year.
March 13-14, 1982
The first CCHA Championship (semifinals, consolation and final) is played at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. In the semifinals, Notre Dame defeats Bowling Green, 8-5, and Michigan State defeats Michigan Tech, 3-2. Michigan State wins the tournament championship, 4-1, over Notre Dame. Bowling Green downs Michigan Tech, 2-1, in the consolation game.
March 14, 1982
Michigan Tech's legendary John MacInnes coaches his last college hockey game - a 2-1 loss to Bowling Green in the CCHA consolation game. MacInnes retires as the all-time winningest coach in college hockey with a 555-295-39 record.
March 26, 1982
Bowling Green senior forward George McPhee becomes the first CCHA player to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
||May 5, 1982
University of Illinois-Chicago Circle is granted full membership for the 1982-83 season.
September 1, 1982
The University of Illinois-Chicago Circle merges with area state institutions and changes it's name to the University of Illinois-Chicago.
November 1, 1982
James Ruehl, 52, an associate professor of Health Physical Education and Recreation at Bowling Green and the director of the BGSU Ice Arena, becomes commissioner of the CCHA. Ruehl, who served as the CCHA's supervisor of officials for the last two seasons, replaces Fred Jacoby, who resigned to become commissioner of the Southwest Conference.
November 12-13, 1982
The University of Illinois-Chicago's Colin Chin registers a hat trick against Notre Dame on Friday and an "un-hat trick" on Saturday as three potential goals are disallowed (1-being in the crease, 2-using a high stick, and 3-scoring while a penalty was being called against UIC).
November 19-20, 1982
John Ricci and his son Brian are the first father-son tandem to officiate a CCHA game. The Hancock, Mich., natives work the Illinois-Chicago at Northern Michigan series.
January 22, 1983
Bowling Green's Garry Galley scores twice in sudden-death overtime at Northern Michigan, giving the Falcons a 7-6 win. Galley's first goal was disallowed because of an illegal stick.
March 4, 1983
Bowling Green freshman forward Jamie Wansbrough scores five goals in an 8-3 win over Notre Dame in the CCHA quarterfinals and sets a CCHA record for most goals in a game.
March 12, 1983
In the "All-American Shoot-Out," Michigan State All-American goaltender Ron Scott stops Bowling Green All-American forward Brian Hills on a penalty shot at 4:35 of overtime in the CCHA title game at Joe Louis Arena. Michigan State wins the game, 4-3, on a goal by captain Mark Hamway at 6:18. Spring, 1983 Notre Dame drops its hockey program to club status, reducing the CCHA to an 11-team league.
March 24, 1984
Bowling Green wins the national title, 5-4, over Minnesota-Duluth, at Lake Placid, N.Y., on sophomore Gino Cavallini's goal at 7:11 of the fourth overtime. At 97:11, it is the longest championship game in NCAA Tournament history and the first national title won by a CCHA team in the 13-year history of the league.
January 5, 1984
Northern Michigan announces it will withdraw from the CCHA and join the WCHA for the 1984-85 season.
January 6, 1984
Michigan Tech announces it will withdraw from the CCHA and join the WCHA for the 1984-85 season. The MacNaughton Cup, awarded to the league's regular-season champion, follows the Huskies back to the WCHA.
December 15, 1984
Lake Superior State goaltender Randy Exelby is pulled seven times in one game, six times in the third period, for an extra skater. The move pays off as the Lakers score three times with the extra attacker in a come-from-behind 7-6 win in overtime against Illinois-Chicago.
February 9, 1985
Michigan State earns its 25th win of the season, 3-1, over Bowling Green, breaking the Falcons' CCHA record for wins in a season set in 1982-83. The Spartans build upon the total and finish the season with 27 wins.
March 2, 1985
Bruce Tillotson scores at :40 of overtime, giving Ohio State a 5-4 win at Western Michigan in the shortest overtime game in the CCHA playoffs.
March 7, 1985
The first CCHA Awards Banquet is held in the Olympia Room at Joe Louis Arena.
March 9, 1985
The CCHA consolation and final games set a second-day championship record of 20,067 at Joe Louis Arena. Ohio State beats Bowling Green, 7-4, in the consolation game. Michigan State wins the title, 5-1, over Lake Superior.
||April 29, 1985
Commissioner Jim Ruehl announces his retirement, effective June 30. The CCHA adopts a new logo.
July 1, 1985
Bill Beagan, 47, former commissioner of the International Hockey League and former National Hockey League official, is named commissioner of the CCHA. Summer, 1985
The CCHA Offices move from Bowling Green, Ohio, to Ann Arbor, Mich.
November 15-16, 1985
The National Hockey League uses Michigan State's exhibition series with Team Canada at Munn Arena as its first experiment with video replay. The test allows Spartans' coach Ron Mason and Team Canada coach Dave King the opportunity to contest two officiating calls each during the game. Mason contests one on Friday; King contests one on Saturday. Both calls are upheld. NHL Director of Officials John McCauley oversees the experiment.
December 14-15, 1985
Michigan State's Mike Donnelly scores five goals in a 6-5 overtime win over Ohio State. He ties the CCHA league record for goals in a game set by Bowling Green's Jamie Wansbrough. However, Donnelly owns the regular-season distinction as Wansbrough reached the mark in the playoffs. Donnelly registers a hat trick the next day in an 8-0 victory over the Buckeyes and is named CCHA Player of the Week.
January 24, 1986
Michigan State's Mike Donnelly owns the CCHA regular-season record for goals in a game for little more than a month as Western Michigan's Dan Dorion ties the mark with five goals in an 11-7 win over Ohio State.
Michigan State’s Mike Donnelly set the NCAA record for goals in a single season with 59 in 1986.
February 7, 1986
Michigan State's Mike Donnelly scores his 38th goal and breaks the CCHA record for goals in a season which was held by Ohio State's Andy Browne (37 in 1982-83) and Western Michigan's Rob Bryden (37 in 1986-87). Donnelly scores eight more goals in CCHA play, finishing with a league record of 46.
March 29, 1986
Mike Donnelly's second goal of the game and NCAA-record 59th goal of the season with 2:51 remaining lifts Michigan State to a 6-5 win over Harvard for the national championship at Providence, R.I. It is the second NCAA title by a CCHA team.
January 2-3, 1987
Bowling Green senior goaltender Gary Kruzich ties and breaks Cornell netminder Ken Dryden's record for NCAA career wins with his 76th and 77th victories in a sweep of Lake Superior. Kruzich finishes his career with 88 wins.
March 5, 1987
Alan Eagleson, Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players' Association, is the guest speaker at the CCHA Annual Awards Banquet.
November 4, 1987
Lake Superior State and Ferris State are granted university status by the State of Michigan. The schools are now known as Lake Superior State University and Ferris State University.
March 4, 1988
Bowling Green's Matt Ruchty scores at 2:10 of the fourth overtime to give the Falcons a 5-4 win over Ferris State in the opening game of the their first round CCHA Tournament series. The game lasts 92:10 and is the longest game involving two CCHA teams. Ferris State goaltender Marc Felicio sets a CCHA record with 61 saves.
March 10, 1988
National Hockey League president John Ziegler is the guest speaker at the annual CCHA Awards Banquet.
April 2, 1988
Mark Vermette scores at 4:46 of overtime giving Lake Superior a 4-3 win over host St. Lawrence for the Lakers' first NCAA title. It is the third national championship for a CCHA team, the second on the 1980 Rink at Lake Placid, N.Y. Lakers' coach Frank Anzalone is awarded the Spencer Penrose Memorial Trophy as the Division I Coach of the Year.
March 3-4, 1989
Lake Superior State's Bruce Hoffort records the first back-to-back CCHA Tournament shutouts in a 5-0, 3-0, sweep of Ferris State.
March 11-12, 1989
The CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena sets the league's two-day attendance record of 34,796 (17,124 and 17,672). Michigan State defeats Bowling Green, 3-2, and Lake Superior State downs Illinois-Chicago, 6-3, in the semifinals. The Spartans win the championship, 4-1, over the Lakers. The Falcons beat the Flames, 5-3, in the consolation game.
February 10, 1990
Michigan State defeats Miami, 5-3, and sets the CCHA record with a 24-game unbeaten streak (22-0-2). The Spartans' unbeaten streak ends at 27 games (24-0-3) after losing the last game of the season, 3-2, to Lake Superior State. The Spartans finish the season with league records for points (55, 26-3-3) and road wins (14).
February 17, 1990
In Bowling Green's last league game of the season, senior forward Nelson Emerson registers his 220th CCHA point - the first goal in a 2-1 win over Illinois-Chicago - and becomes the league's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Western Michigan's Dan Dorion by a single point.
March 10, 1990
The CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena set a first-day championship record of 18,126, breaking the previous record of 17,124 set in 1989. Michigan State downs Michigan, 4-3 in overtime, and Lake Superior State beats Bowling Green, 4-2, in the semifinals. The next day, the Wolverines defeat the Falcons, 5-4, in the consolation game and the Spartans win the title, 4-3, over the Lakers.
April 1, 1990
Michigan State senior Kip Miller becomes the second CCHA player to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
January 7, 1991
Kent State University is admitted as the CCHA's 10th member by vote of the CCHA Council. The Golden Flashes begin league play in 1992-93.
February 15, 1991
In a 9-6 loss at Illinois-Chicago, Ohio State sophomore goaltender Mike Bales makes 43 saves and becomes the CCHA's single-season saves leader with 958, surpassing Western Michigan's Glenn Healy (950 in 1984-85). Bales extends his record to 1,032 saves in 32 league games.
February 18, 1991
In support of American troops fighting in the Persian Gulf, PASS (Pro Am Sports Systems) announces it will transmit the CCHA Game of the Week, along with Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings games, to Saudi Arabia by approval of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.
November 11, 1991
The University of Notre Dame's application to rejoin the CCHA for the 1992-93 season is approved by the league's athletic directors. The Irish dropped their program to club status after the 1982-83 season and are in their fourth season as an independent varsity team.
January 12, 1992
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is granted affiliate membership in the CCHA beginning with the 1992-93 season.
January 31, 1992
Michigan senior forward Denny Felsner scores his 93rd goal in CCHA play, breaking the CCHA career goal mark of 92 set by Bowling Green's Jamie Wansbrough (1983-86). Felsner scores his goal on the power play at 8:51 of the second period in a 4-3 win over Lake Superior State. Felsner finishes his career with 104 goals in CCHA play.
Bowling Green's Kevin Dahl, Michigan's Todd Brost and Michigan State's Jason Woolley capture the silver medal with Team Canada at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.
March 7, 1992
Bowling Green's record run of 20 consecutive CCHA playoff appearances ends as the Falcons finish ninth and miss the playoffs for the first time since the league's inception.
March 28, 1992
For the first time in CCHA history and the second time in NCAA history, three teams from the same conference advance to the NCAA Tournament semifinals - Lake Superior State, Michigan and Michigan State.
April 4, 1992
Lake Superior State beats Wisconsin, 5-3, in Albany, N.Y., for the Lakers' first NCAA title under coach Jeff Jackson. It is the Lakers' second NCAA championship and fourth by a CCHA team.
April 11, 1992
Michigan State's Ron Mason receives the Spencer Penrose Award as Division I Coach of the Year from the American Hockey Coaches Association.
October 25, 1992
The Player of the Week is separated into two categories - offensive and defensive. Michigan sophomore forward Mike Knuble is named Offensive Player of the Week after scoring five goals in a sweep of Ferris State. Kent State junior goaltender Scott Shaw is named Defensive Player of the Week after the Golden Flashes' registered their first two CCHA wins, 2-1 in overtime and 7-5, over Notre Dame.
March 12, 1993
Michigan State's Ron Mason notches his 674th win and passes former Boston College coach Len Ceglarski to become the all-time leader among NCAA Division I coaches in career victories. The Spartans beat Kent State, 6-5, in the first round of the CCHA Tournament.
April 1, 1993
Miami's George Gwozdecky is named Division I Coach of the Year after leading the Redskins to their first CCHA regular-season title, their first appearance in the CCHA Championship game and first NCAA Tournament berth.
November 26, 1993
Michigan's Steve Shields shuts out Minnesota, 6-0, and becomes the NCAA all-time leader in career wins. He breaks the mark of 88 set by Bowling Green's Gary Kruzich (1983-87). Shields finishes his career with 111 victories.
December 4, 1993
Michigan's Steve Shields registers his 68th CCHA win, 6-3 at Western Michigan, and passes Bowling Green's Gary Kruzich on the CCHA career wins chart. Shields finishes his career with 81 CCHA wins.
January 11, 1994
Ferris State defenseman John Gruden scores four goals in a 10-6 win over Notre Dame, tying the CCHA record for goals in a game by a defenseman set by Western Michigan's Wayne Gagne. Gagne tallied his four goals in a 8-6 win over Michigan on December 6, 1985.
January 15, 1994
Michigan jumps out to a 16-0-1 start in league play, the longest unbeaten streak to start a CCHA season. The Wolverines' run ends on January 21 in a 6-3 loss to Michigan State.
March 18, 1994
Michigan State coach Ron Mason becomes the all-time winningest college hockey coach in North America passing University of Alberta coach Clare Drake's total of 697. Down 2-0, the Spartans tie the game with :19 left and defeat Bowling Green, 3-2, in overtime in the CCHA quarterfinals.
March 20, 1994
Michigan's Brian Wiseman scores at 16:18 of the first period of the CCHA title game, ending Lake Superior State goaltender Blaine Lacher's league tournament shutout streak at 271:38. Lacher's streak began at 2:40 of the third period of the 1993 CCHA semifinals and spanned six games. Michigan defeats the Lakers, 3-0.
April 2, 1994
At St. Paul, Minn., Lake Superior State defeats Boston University, 9-1, for its third national title in seven years. The final score is the largest margin of victory in an NCAA title game. It is the fifth national title by a CCHA team.
April 13, 1994
The CCHA announces that Kent State is dropping its hockey program effective immediately.
May 12, 1994
Alaska Fairbanks is admitted as a full member effective for the 1995-96 season, by vote of the CCHA Council.
January 21, 1995
Michigan and Notre Dame break the NCAA regular-season single-game attendance record with a crowd of 20,889 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Michigan defeats Notre Dame, 9-3. The two teams set the previous record of 20,427 on January 21, 1994, a 3-1 Michigan win.
March 31, 1995
Bowling Green senior forward Brian Holzinger becomes the third CCHA player to receive the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
March 28, 1996
The University of Illinois-Chicago announces the discontinuation of its hockey program effective immediately.
March 30, 1996
Michigan senior forward Brendan Morrison scores at 3:35 of the first overtime to give the Wolverines a 3-2 win over Colorado College for their eighth national title, in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the sixth national title by a CCHA team.
August 19, 1996
The CCHA Council approves Northern Michigan's application to rejoin the league for the 1997-98 season. The Wildcats, who joined the CCHA in 1977-78, spent 13 years (1984-1997) as members of the WCHA.
March 13, 1997
Michigan senior forward Brendan Morrison becomes the first two-time winner of the CCHA Player of the Year award. Two weeks later he becomes the fourth CCHA player to receive the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
January 9, 1998
Michigan goaltender Marty Turco defeats Bowling Green, 4-2, for his 112th win and becomes the NCAA's all-time winningest goaltender, breaking former Wolverine Steve Shields' mark of 111. Turco finishes his career with 127 wins.
February 28, 1998
Michigan State goaltender Chad Alban scores an empty-net goal with 13 seconds left in a 6-3 win over Ferris State. He becomes the fourth CCHA goaltender to be credited with a goal, but the first to shoot the puck himself into the opposing net.
March 7, 1998
In the second to last league game of the season, Michigan's Marty Turco makes 35 saves in a 1-0 win over Notre Dame and breaks former Wolverine Steve Shields' CCHA career victories mark of 81. Turco beats Bowling Green the next night, 5-4, for a career total of 83 CCHA wins.
March 18, 1998
Tom Anastos, a former standout forward at Michigan State and commissioner of the North American Hockey League, is named commissioner of the CCHA. He takes over for Bill Beagan who retires after 13 years. Anastos is the fourth commissioner in the league's 27 years.
April 2, 1998
Michigan goaltender Marty Turco, already the CCHA and NCAA all-time wins leader, becomes the all-time wins leader in NCAA Tournament history with a 4-0 victory over New Hampshire in the NCAA semifinals, passing Marc Behrend of Wisconsin. Turco also becomes the tournament's all-time shutout leader with two. Ohio State, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, reaches the end of its run in the semifinals with a 5-2 loss to Boston College.
April 4, 1998
Sophomore forward Josh Langfeld scores at 17:51 of overtime giving Michigan a 3-2 win over Boston College and the Wolverines their ninth national championship, at the FleetCenter in Boston, Mass. It is the seventh national title for a CCHA team since 1984.
June 24, 1998
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is admitted to the CCHA for the 1999-2000 season.
February 5, 1999
Bowling Green, the longest-continuing member of the CCHA, plays its 700th league game. The Falcons lose to Ohio State, 3-2. BGSU's first CCHA game was January 7, 1972, a 5-2 win at Ohio University.
March 12, 1999
The CCHA unveils a new logo, the third in the conference's 28-year history.
May 26, 1999
The NCAA grants the CCHA permission to experiment with the four-man officiating system for a maximum of 25 games during each of the following two seasons.
January 21, 2000
Exactly 363 days after setting the NCAA on-campus hockey attendance record at 17,239, Ohio State broke it by drawing 17,343 fans to a 6-4 loss to Michigan at the Value City Arena.
February 12, 2000
Bowling Green became the first CCHA team to post 400 conference wins with a 5-2 victory over Miami.
March 18, 2000
Michigan State senior forward Shawn Horcoff and freshman goaltender Ryan Miller lead the Spartans to their CCHA-best ninth tournament title, defeating Nebraska-Omaha, in its first year in the conference, 6-0 in the championship game. Horcoff, who earned a league-record five individual awards in 1999-2000, posted a goal and an assist in the championship game, while Miller earned tournament MVP honors, posting his second shutout of the weekend.
October 3, 2000
By unanimous vote of head coaches and league athletic directors, the CCHA Championship trophy is named the Mason Cup in honor of Ron Mason of Michigan State, college hockey's all-time winningest coach.
February 10, 2001
Michigan State blanks Alaska Fairbanks, 3-0, as sophomore goalie Ryan Miller records his 17th career shutout breaking the NCAA all-time record held by Wally Easton (1927-31) of Clarkson University which had stood for 70 years.
April 5, 2001
Ryan Miller becomes the second goaltender and second Michigan State Spartan to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Nebraska- Omaha senior forward Jason Cupp is named recipient of the 2001 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is given annually to college hockey's finest citizen.
October 6, 2001
Michigan and Michigan State establish a new world record for attendance at a hockey game when 74,544 fans see the Wolverines and Spartans skate to a 3-3 tie at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
October 20, 2001
Michigan State blanks Ferris State 2-0 as college hockey's all-time winningest coach, Ron Mason, records his 900th victory. Michigan's Red Berenson earns his 450th win on the same night as the Wolverines defeat Western Michigan 5-3.
October 11, 2002
Lake Superior State head coach Frank Anzalone earns his 200th college victory when the Lakers beat Quinnipiac, 2-1, in the opener of the Black Bear Classic.
October 24, 2002
Michigan State head coach Rick Comley records his 600th career win over Lake Superior, 7-0, to rank third among active coaches and seventh all-time.
November 16, 2002
Western Michigan freshman goaltender Mike Mantua becomes the first goaltender in WMU history to score a goal when he wristed a shot the length of the ice into an empty net in a 4-1 home-ice win over Ferris State. Mantua is just the second CCHA goaltender to ever score a goal off a shot, joining MSU's Chad Alban who performed the feat in February 1998.
March 1, 2003
Michigan's Red Berenson becomes the 14th head coach in NCAA ice hockey history to achieve 500 wins with a 5-4 victory over Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena.
March 22, 2003
The 2003 Super 6 Championship game between Ferris State and Michigan draws the second-largest CCHA championship game crowd in history with 19,097 fans in attendance.
March 29, 2003
Ferris State makes its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a 5-2 win over North Dakota in the West Regional in Minneapolis, Minn.
April 17, 2003
Ferris State's Bob Daniels is named Division I Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to their first CCHA regular-season title and their first NCAA tournament berth. The season also produced a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist in CCHA Player of the Year Chris Kunitz.
November 21, 2003
Mike Kemp reaches the 100-win plateau with a 4-1 victory over Ferris State. Kemp has been the head coach of the Mavericks since the program's inception in 1997 and has averaged 16 wins in each of his first six seasons behind the bench.
January 5, 2004
The gold medal captured in Finland by the United States, led by Al Montoya and Matt Hunwick (Michigan), Dominic Vicari, Corey Potter and David Booth (Michigan State), marks the first time since 1996 that a CCHA player has been a part of an International Ice Hockey World Junior Championship team. Mike Watt of MSU and Jason Botterill and Robb Gordon of UM all played on Canada's gold-medal winning entry that year. Montoya was named the top goaltender of the WJC, compiling a 6-0-0 record, 0.86 goals-against average and .960 save percentage.
February 14, 2004
Bowling Green and Lake Superior skate to the fifth and sixth scoreless ties in CCHA history on Nov. 15, 2003 and Feb. 14, 2004. Ferris State also skated to a 0-0 deadlock in nonconference action with Findlay of College Hockey America on Jan. 24.
March 21, 2004
A record five teams - Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State - qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the Midwest Regional against two-time defending national champion Minnesota. A record 13 CCHA officials were also selected to work the tournament.
December 4, 2004
Ferris State bench boss Bob Daniels records his 200th college coaching victory when the Bulldogs beat Western Michigan, 6-2.
January 1, 2005
FSU becomes the first visiting team to win the Badger Showdown title in back-to-back years when they beat No. 4 host Wisconsin, 5-3, on New Year's Day. FSU had four individuals on the All-Tournament team including senior forwards Jeff Legue and Derek Nesbitt, senior defenseman Matt York and senior goalie Mike Brown. Legue was also named MVP.
January 21, 2005
Nebraska-Omaha managed to get its first-ever win at Goggin Ice Arena, defeating Miami, 5-2. The Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, is now the only building the Mavs have yet to garner a victory since joining the league in 1999.
January 21, 2005
Michigan State head coach Rick Comley picked up his 661st career win in an 8-0 shutout of Lake Superior to move into sixth-place on the NCAA's all-time wins list, surpassing former Wisconsin and Colorado College coach Jeff Sauer who has 655 career victories.
January 29, 2005
Miami head coach Enrico Blasi becomes the second coach in Miami hockey history to win 100 or more games with a 5-3 win at Ferris State.
February 4-5, 2005
For the first time in their longstanding rivalry, the Wolverines and Spartans skated to two ties in one weekend. The only other instance of consecutive ties occurred with a 3-3 draw in the Cold War on Oct. 6, 2001, followed by another tie, 1-1, on Jan. 19, 2002.
UAF Governors Cup Team - Paul McCarthy Photo Credit
February 11-12, 2005
The Nanooks make history with their first-ever sweep of Michigan State thanks to a 6-5 overtime victory Friday and a 1-0 shutout on Saturday.
February 12, 2005
Michigan head coach Red Berenson picks up the 555th victory of his college career in a 4-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha. He is now tied with John MacInnes (Michigan Tech) for eighth place on the all-time coaching wins list.
February 17, 2005
A new record of 4,216 fans were on hand for a 3-3 tie between Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech at the Berry Events Center. The top three crowds in venue history were during the 2004-05 season.
February 18, 2005
A crowd of 7,948 watched as Michigan defeated Notre Dame, 9-2, in the first college hockey game at Ft. Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
March 3, 2005
Former Falcons George McPhee (1982) and Brian Holzinger (1995) are presented with Hobey Baker Memorial Award rings during the first intermission of the game against Michigan. BGSU is just one of seven schools in the nation and two schools in the CCHA with multiple winners of the award given annually to college hockey's top player.
March 4, 2005
The Nanooks' six-member senior class is the first in program history to capture the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup in four consecutive years. UAF beat and tied state rival Alaska Anchorage on the weekend to claim the Cup for the seventh time in a dozen years. <> March 11, 2005 Alaska Fairbanks freshman Ryan McLeod set three new CCHA individual playoff records when he scored at the five-second mark and again at the 13-second mark of a 6-3 win at Bowling Green. McLeod's opening goal was the fastest ever to start a CCHA playoff game (:09 Gord Flegel, MSU, 1983), the two goals in eight seconds shattered the previous record of 38 seconds (Adam Hall, MSU, 1999) and erased the previous mark of fastest two goals to start a game (3:56, Denny Felsner, UM, 1992).
March 18, 2005
Buckeye head coach John Markell earns his 200th-career coaching win against Michigan State in the CCHA Super 6 semifinals. He is 200-172-32 in his 10th full season at the helm.
March 18, 2005
College Hockey Breakaway Weekend television coverage began with a collaborative effort among FSN Detroit, FSN North and FSN Rocky Mountain to broadcast live semifinal and championship game telecasts from the CCHA and WCHA tournaments, plus continuous in-game updates from other leagues' postseason events.
April 9, 2005
An all-CCHA officiating staff worked the NCAA Frozen Four. This is the first time that all three games have been officiated by one conference. Thirteen officials were selected to work the Regionals. Referee Steve Piotrowski, assistant referees Paul Tunison and Kevin Langseth skated the championship game.
June 23, 2005
The CCHA and Detroit Metro Sports Commission's bid to host the NCAA Frozen Four at Ford Field was selected for 2010. The Frozen Four has not been in Detroit since 1990 at Joe Louis Arena.
November 4, 2006
Video Replay makes its CCHA debut. Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan all utilized the system which was called upon three times during its first weekend. The Munn Ice Arena system in East Lansing made the first video replay call, upholding the referee’s decision.
January 14, 2006
Michigan State head coach Rick Comley moved into fifth-place on the all-time college hockey coaching with a 2-1 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks. The victory gave Comley the 675th victory of his career, enough to pass former Clarkson and Boston College mentor Len Ceglarski for fifth place all-time in the NCAA annals.
January 6, 2007
Michigan State’s Rick Comley becomes just the fifth coach in college hockey history to record 700 wins as the Spartans post a 4-1 victory at Miami.
January 12, 2007
Michigan head coach Red Berenson picked up his 600th career victory with a 5-2 win over Northern Michigan at Yost Ice Arena. He ranks eighth all time in NCAA Division I career victories.
March 17, 2007
Notre Dame captured its first ever CCHA Tournament Championship with a 2-1 win over Michigan at Joe Louis Arena. Fighting Irish goaltender David Brown stopped 31 shots and earned MVP honors.
April 7, 2007
Michigan State captures its third national championship and first since 1986 with a thrilling 3-1 win over Boston College in St. Louis. Spartans sophomore forward Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal with 18.9 seconds remaining in regulation, breaking a 1-1 tie.
June 7, 2007
Steve Piotrowski ends a distinguished on-ice career and is named the CCHA’s new Director of Officials. A former Ferris State player, Piotrowski wore the stripes for 26 years at the college level and officiated 14 NCAA Tournaments, including six national championship games.
Feb. 22, 2008
Michigan’s Red Berenson coaches his 1,000th college game at Michigan State where his Wolverines fall, 5-2 to the Spartans. One of just eight men in history with more than 600 wins at the college level, Berenson is honored the following night at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena prior to the Wolverines 5-2 victory over the Spartans.
March 9, 2008
Nebraska-Omaha defeated Alaska, 4-3 in a triple-overtime game that is the longest in CCHA history. Junior forward J.P. Platisha scored his first goal since Nov. 26, 2005 at 4:22 of the third extra period in the deciding game of a first-round playoff series. The CCHA’s previous longest game had occurred on March 4, 1988 when Bowling Green defeated Ferris State, 5-4 in a contest that last 92:10.
April 10, 2008
Two CCHA teams met in the Frozen Four semifinals for just the third time (1984, 1992) with Notre Dame defeating Michigan, 5-4 in overtime. The Fighting Irish, the seventh different CCHA program to participate in the Frozen Four, became the sixth CCHA member to appear in the NCAA Championship game, where they suffered a 4-1 loss to Boston College.
April 11, 2008
Michigan’s Kevin Porter becomes the sixth CCHA player to capture the Hobey Baker Award when he is named college hockey’s most outstanding player at the Frozen Four in Denver. Miami’s Ryan Jones was part of the Hobey Hat Trick marking the first time that two of the three Hobey finalists came from the CCHA.
April 26, 2008
Michigan’s Red Berenson is named the AHCA Men’s Division I Coach of the Year for the first time.
October 11, 2008
After a 3-3 tie, Ohio State outscores Miami, 3-1, at Value City Arena in the first regular-season shootout in CCHA history. OSU senior forward Corey Elkins is credited with the first shootout goal against Miami freshman goaltender Cody Reichard.
April 11, 2009
After defeating Bemidji State, 4-1, two days earlier in their first appearance in the Frozen Four, the Miami RedHawks fell, 4-3, in overtime to Boston University. Miami's participation in the title game marked the first time that three different CCHA teams competed in the title game in as many years.
March 20, 2010
After the Michigan defeated Northern Michigan, 2-1, in the CCHA Tournament final, the Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive season. No team seeded lower than fourth had ever won the conference crown.
March 21, 2010
For the first time in the program’s 30-year history, Alaska Fairbanks received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Nanooks eventually lost to Boston College in the first round of the Northeast Regional, 3-1.
April 8-10, 2010
The CCHA hosts the Frozen Four in Detroit at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions. It was the first time the NCAA championship was played in a non-tradition hockey venue. Boston College defeated Wisconsin, 5-0, in the NCAA title game. The game drew a record attendance of 37, 592, becoming the North American record for an indoor hockey game
April 12, 2010
Chris Bergeron was named the head coach at Bowling Green and became the seventh head coach in program history.
October 8, 2010
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson — who was the first ever Division-I player to play in the National Hockey League — recorded his 700th career win in a 4-1 decision at Bowling Green. Berenson and just five other head coaches have eclipsed that same milestone.
Dec 11, 2010
Back on October 6, 2001, Michigan and Michigan State squared off in an outdoor hockey game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. The Wolverines and Spartans played to a 3-3 tie in front of a then-world record setting crowd of 71,544. In 2010, both teams faced each other once again at a football stadium — this time it was Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan defeated Michigan State, 5-0, in The Big Chill at the Big House before a world-record crowd of 104,173, the largest crowd to ever see a hockey game.
Jan 10, 2011
Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels records his 300th career win in a 3-1 decision over Bowling Green.
Jan 25, 2011
Michigan State Rick Comley announces he’ll step down at the end of the 2010-11 season as head coach of Michigan State. Comley is one of two head coaches who have won NCAA titles with two different school (Northern Michigan and Michigan State).
March 21, 2011
The Big Ten announces the forming of a hockey conference for 2013-14. Minnesota and Wisconsin will leave the WCHA while Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State will leave the CCHA. Penn State will compete independently for two years before joining the other five teams in 2013.
March 23, 2011
CCHA commissioner Tom Anastos is named head coach at Michigan State, where he played for former Spartan coach Ron Mason from 1981-85. Anastos spent two years as an assistant under Mason in the early 90s.
April 8, 2011
Miami (Ohio) senior Any Miele wins the Hobey Baker Award. The Grosse Pointe, Mich. native becomes the 7th CCHA player to win the Heisman trophy of Division-I college hockey.
May 2, 2011
Fred Pletsch is named commissioner of the CCHA after former commissioner, Tom Anastos, left the organization to become the head coach at Michigan State for the 2011-12 season.
February 13, 2012
Ferris State is ranked No. 1 in the nation by all three major polls for the first time in program history.
March 3, 2012
Bowling Green advances to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA Championship as the lowest seed to ever do so. The Falcons are the No. 11 seed and reached the Championship by topping Northern Michigan 2-1 and then defeating top-seeded Ferris State 2-1 in best-of-three series.
April 5, 2012
Ferris State continues their amazing season by reaching their first ever Frozen Four, where they beat Union, 3-1, and eventually fall to Boston College in the National Championship Game.