Women's Ice Hockey to Join College Hockey America
Sept. 6, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's ice hockey team will join College Hockey America when it begins its first season of NCAA play in 2012-13, it was announced Tuesday at a press conference held at Beaver Stadium.
The addition of the Nittany Lions will make the CHA a five-team league, with Penn State joining Mercyhurst, Niagara, Robert Morris and Syracuse.
"We're excited to join such a competitive conference in College Hockey America," said Tim Curley, Penn State Director of Athletics. "The CHA showcases elite student-athletes and teams and we look forward to developing strong in-state and regional rivalries with its members."
"We're honored and proud to be joining the CHA at this transformational time in our program's history," said Josh Brandwene, head women's ice hockey coach. "Competing right away against such quality teams is a great opportunity for us to hit the ground running and further accelerate our program's growth and development. It's an exciting time for Penn State Women's Hockey."
"We're pleased and excited with the admission of Penn State to College Hockey America," said Robert DeGregorio, CHA Commissioner. "We know because of their rich academic and athletic traditions, they will be a great addition to our league and will only make it better."
In the expanded league, each team will play a 16-game conference schedule with teams playing four games against each conference opponent. All league members will qualify for the CHA tournament, which will be held at the highest seed.
College Hockey America, which formed in 2002, has sent a representative to the NCAA tournament each year since 2005.