SAINT PAUL, Minn. – After announcing its championship weekend is moving to Xcel Energy Center beginning this season, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) will unofficially ‘drop the puck’ on the 2017-18 season and make its first appearance in the building with the NCHC’s annual Media Day, which is set for Wednesday, Sept. 20. Student-athletes, coaches and media, as well as special guests, will converge on Xcel Energy Center to celebrate the new home of the Frozen Faceoff and talk about the upcoming campaign.
Coaches and student-athletes representing all eight NCHC teams, along with select school staff and administration, will be in attendance for 2017 NCHC Media Day, while representatives from Xcel Energy Center, the Minnesota Wild, Visit Saint Paul and the mayor of Saint Paul will join NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton for a special Frozen Faceoff press conference celebrating the new home of the NCHC’s championship weekend.
As in the past, fans will also be able to participate in NCHC Media Day from afar by watching the Frozen Faceoff press conference and Commissioner Fenton’s State of the Conference Address live on NCHC.tv for free. Fans may also ask questions for the coaches and student-athletes, which will be answered during a Twitter Takeover of @TheNCHC and on Facebook LIVE, and fans can follow all the action on our Media Day Live blog.
New for this season and adding to the NCHC’s social media arsenal is the NCHC’s Snapchat account, which will be put to use beginning on Media Day. Fans should be sure to add @TheNCHC on Snapchat to see behind-the-scenes video and clips from Media Day, as well as Xcel Energy Center. The NCHC’s Snapchat account will also be taken over by student-athletes from each of the conference’s member schools for a weekend or two throughout the season, giving fans a glimpse in the life of a NCHC student-athlete. The NCHC is also on Instagram, in addition to Twitter and Facebook.
Media Day gets underway with student-athletes answering fan questions as they take part in a Twitter Takeover of the NCHC’s account, @TheNCHC. Each student-athlete will answer fan questions on the NCHC’s Twitter account for 15 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. CT. Fans may begin submitting questions leading up to Media Day on Twitter by using the listed hashtag next to each student-athlete on the schedule below (all times CT). The student-athletes will then answer as many questions as they can during their session.
Twitter Takeover Schedule
9:30 a.m. – St. Cloud State’s Judd Peterson (Sr., F) - #NCHCAskJudd
9:45 a.m. – Omaha’s Joel Messner (Sr., D) - #NCHCAskJoel
10:00 a.m. – North Dakota’s Austin Poganski (Sr., F) - #NCHCAskAustin
10:15 a.m. – Minnesota Duluth’s Karson Kuhlman (Sr., F) - #NCHCAskKarson
10:30 a.m. – Miami’s Josh Melnick (Jr., F) - #NCHCAskJosh
10:45 a.m. – Western Michigan’s Scott Moldenhauer (Sr., D) - #NCHCAskScott
11:00 a.m. – Colorado College’s Mason Bergh (Jr., F) - #NCHCAskMason
11:15 a.m. – Denver’s Dylan Gambrell (Jr., F) - #NCHCAskDylan
After the Twitter Takeover, the Frozen Faceoff press conference will get underway at noon CT, immediately followed by the State of the Conference Address. Fans can watch both parts for free on NCHC.tv here. The press conference and State of the Conference Address will also be archived on NCHC.tv and can be viewed on-demand.
The media portion of the day then begins with NCHC coaches and student-athletes being interviewed by various media. In addition to local, regional and national media, the NCHC’s premier television partner, CBS Sports Network, will be in attendance, along with St. Cloud State’s Husky Productions, to gather interviews and footage for their broadcasts.
Fans will still be able to participate in Media Day in the afternoon as the head coaches and student-athletes will also answer questions via Facebook LIVE on the NCHC’s Facebook page. Each school (coach and student-athlete) will be on Facebook LIVE for 10-15 minutes to answer some fan questions and talk about their team. If there are unanswered questions from the Twitter Takeover those may be answered by the student-athletes on Facebook LIVE, while fans can also ask questions for the student-athletes and head coaches on Facebook by adding a “comment” on the live video (schedule below, all times CT). The videos will also be archived on the NCHC’s Facebook page.
Facebook LIVE Schedule
12:45 p.m. – North Dakota: Austin Poganski/Coach Brad Berry
1:05 p.m. – Denver: Dylan Gambrell/Coach Jim Montgomery
1:25 p.m. – Minnesota Duluth: Karson Kuhlman/Coach Scott Sandelin
1:45 p.m. – Omaha: Joel Messner/Coach Mike Gabinet
2:05 p.m. – St. Cloud State: Judd Peterson/Coach Bob Motzko
2:25 p.m. – Colorado College: Mason Bergh/Coach Mike Haviland
2:45 p.m. – Miami: Josh Melnick/Coach Enrico Blasi
3:05 p.m. – Western Michigan: Scott Moldenhauer/Coach Andy Murray
Throughout the day, pictures from Media Day will be posted on the NCHC’s Twitter and Instagram (@TheNCHC) accounts, while fans can see what’s going on behind the scenes at Media Day all day long on the blog Media Day Live and on Snapchat. The blog will have the fan interaction schedule, photos, news updates and feature various social media elements.
Leading up to Media Day, NCHC preseason accolades will be announced. Later today, the NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team will be released while tomorrow (Sept. 19) the Preseason Poll will be revealed. The NCHC Preseason Poll will first be unveiled on Twitter with @TheNCHC counting the teams down from eight to one, allowing fans to follow along beginning at 1 p.m. CT.
For media wishing to attend NCHC Media Day, please email NCHC Director of Communications Michael Weisman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While Media Day serves as the unofficial start of the season, the NCHC officially drops the puck on the 2017-18 season with five exhibition games on Saturday, Sept. 30 while the regular season begins Friday, Oct. 6 with six NCHC teams in action. Fans can watch all the exciting NCHC action on NCHC.tv, where over 140 NCHC games will be streamed live during the season. To subscribe to NCHC.tv, click here.
Commissioner Josh Fenton delivers his State of the Conference address at last year's Media Day. Fans can watch this year's address live for free on NCHC.tv.