College Hockey America is a college athletic conference with teams ranging geographically from New York to Alabama and Minnesota. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference. When the NCAA no longer sanctioned Division II hockey, this conference formed among schools who had played at that level and chose to compete at the Division I level.
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Affiliation||Enrollment||Joined||Men's championships||Women's championships||Primary Conference|
|University of Alabama in Huntsville||Huntsville, Alabama||Chargers||1950||Public||7,410||1999||2007||N/A||Gulf South (D-II)|
|Bemidji State University||Bemidji, Minnesota||Beavers||1919||Public||5,000||1999||2005, 2006||Plays in WCHA||Northern Sun (D-II)|
|Mercyhurst College||Erie, Pennsylvania||Lakers||1926||Private/Catholic||4,106||1999||Plays in Atlantic Hockey||2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008||PSAC (D-II)|
|Niagara University||Lewiston, New York||Purple Eagles||1856||Private/Catholic||3,746||1999||2000, 2004, 2008||0||MAAC|
|Robert Morris University||Moon Township, Pennsylvania||Colonials||1921||Private/Non-sectarian||5,000||2004||0||0||NEC|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, New York||Orange||1870||Private/Non-sectarian||19,082||2008||N/A||0||Big East|
|Wayne State University||Detroit, Michigan||Warriors||1868||Public||33,000||1999||Dropped in 2008||0||GLIAC (D-II)|
Wayne State dropped its men's program after the 2007-2008 season.
It has been reported that NCAA Director of Championships Tom Jacobs is pushing legislation that would amend NCAA by-law 188.8.131.52 to allow the Championship Committee for sports that are sponsored by less than 25 percent of a division's membership to develop its own guidelines for dispersing automatic bids. Such legislation would allow CHA to maintain its automatic bid, without penalty, with only five member schools.
In January 2008, Bemidji State and the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced a scheduling agreement officially beginning for the 2010-2011 season. This move looks to be the first step towards Bemidji's men's team joining its women's team in the WCHA sometime in the future.
For the first time in conference history, the 2006 men's and women's tournaments were held at the same site: The Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan. The 2007 men's conference tournament was held in Des Moines, Iowa while the women's tournament was played at the Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh.
|2000||Niagara||New Hampshire||W 4-1|
|Niagara||North Dakota||L 4-1|
|2003||Wayne State||Colorado College||L 4-2|
|2004||Niagara||Boston College||L 5-2|
|2005||Bemidji State||Denver||L 4-3 (ot)|
|2006||Bemidji State||Wisconsin||L 4-0|
|2007||Alabama-Huntsville||Notre Dame||L 3-2 (2ot)|
|Niagara||Minnesota||T 2-2 (frozen four consolation)|
|2005||Mercyhurst||Harvard||L 5-4 (3ot)|
|2006||Mercyhurst||Wisconsin||L 2-1 (2ot)|
|2007||Mercyhurst||Minnesota-Duluth||L 3-2 (ot)|
|Alabama-Huntsville||Von Braun Center||6,800|
|Bemidji State||John S. Glas Field House||2,358|
|Mercyhurst||Mercyhurst Ice Center||1,500|
|Robert Morris||Island Sports Center||1,100|
|Syracuse||Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion||renovations pending|
|Wayne State||City Sports Center||500|