COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After two different rounds of voting and over 800 ballots submitted, the fans have selected NCHC Frozen Faceoff for the name of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s championship weekend, as was announced earlier tonight (Friday, Dec. 6) on CBS Sports Network during the North Dakota versus Western Michigan game. The inaugural NCHC Frozen Faceoff will take place March 21-22, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
On Friday, March 21, the two semifinals will be played with the first game at 4:08 p.m. CT followed by the night cap at 7:38 p.m. CT. The following day, March 22, two more games take place as the third-place game is slated for 3:38 p.m. CT while the championship game begins at 7:38 p.m. CT. Both semifinal match-ups and the championship game will air live nationally on CBS Sports Network.
In addition to the hockey games, several other events will take place surrounding the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, including a Fan Fest, NCHC year-end awards presentation, fan skate, team autograph session, and many more fan engagement activities. All-session tickets to the inaugural NCHC Frozen Faceoff are already on sale and can be purchased here.
“We are looking forward to hosting the inaugural NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Target Center on March 21 and 22,” said NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton. “We have continued to make our fan engagement and involvement a focal point of our conference operations. The culmination of our championship naming promotion has shown us the excitement our fans have toward NCHC Hockey.”
NCHC Frozen Faceoff was selected among the two final names on the ballot, with the other being NCHC Championship. In the second and final round of voting, NCHC Frozen Faceoff won by a slim margin that included hundreds of ballots submitted by fans. An initial round of voting occurred in October with four choices for the NCHC’s championship weekend name, which were then narrowed down to two names on Nov. 1. Kelsey Brandon (@kabrandon) submitted the winning name of NCHC Frozen Faceoff through the initial fan nomination process. Kelsey will receive two free, all-session tickets to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis this season. Thank you to all fans who submitted names and voted in the polls.
The “NCHC March to Minneapolis” is well underway with two months of conference play in the books. The regular season concludes March 7-8 while the NCHC Tournament begins with the four quarterfinal series on campus sites (top four seeds hosting) March 14-16. The four winners from the best-of-three series then advance to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Target Center in Minneapolis, where teams will compete for the inaugural NCHC Tournament title and an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
A logo for the NCHC Frozen Faceoff is being developed and will be unveiled in the months leading up to the NCHC Tournament.