For a seventh straight season, the #NCHCFan of the Week contest, powered by SportsEngine, returns to recognize the most passionate and enthusiastic fans in not only the conference, but the country during the 2019-20 season.
In addition to recognizing the players on a weekly basis, the dedicated NCHC fans that make the gameday atmospheres in each of the conference’s eight arenas so great will also be honored. To enter the contest, the NCHC is asking fans to post pictures or video showing their best pride and school spirit at games or on gameday to the NCHC Facebook page, the NCHC Instagram account or tweet them to @TheNCHC and use the hashtag #NCHCFan on Twitter or Instagram.
Throughout each weekend, the NCHC will share some of the best pictures/video on social media. Each Monday, the conference will then choose the fan that submitted the most spirited photo or video (creativity counts!) and they will be recognized on social media as the SportsEngine NCHC Fan of the Week.
Each Fan of the Week winner will receive an NCHC t-shirt, hat or NCHC gear of their choice. At the end of the regular season, all the NCHC Fan of the Week winners will be entered into a drawing with one Fan of the Week receiving two complimentary tickets to the 2020 NCHC Frozen Faceoff March 20-21 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.
Week 1 - Oct. 14, 2019:
Jason Warnke, North Dakota
Jason and his fiancee, Katie, took in North Dakota's big win over Canisius on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Grand Forks, his first game cheering on the Fighting Hawks at Ralph Engelstad Arena as an alumnus.
Week 2 - Oct. 21, 2019:
James Hoppe, Minnesota Duluth
James and his daughters made the trek from Duluth to Madison to cheer on UMD against Wisconsin on Oct. 18-19 at the Kohl Center. One was happy to be there, the other not so much with the results.
Week 3 - Oct. 28, 2019:
Anna Volk, North Dakota
Anna took in North Dakota's games against Bemidji State on Oct. 25-26 at Ralph Engelstad Arena, cheering on UND to a sweep, while making a sign to show she's a big fan of freshman Shane Pinto.
Week 4 - Nov. 4, 2019:
Becky and Charlie Gonzalez, Denver
Becky took her son, Charlie (on right), and his friend, Max (left), to the Denver vs. Niagara game at Magness Arena on Saturday, Nov. 2, as Charlie and Max cheered the Pioneers to a shutout win.
Week 5 - Nov. 11, 2019:
Amanda Hamann, St. Cloud State
Amanda gave birth to her baby boy, Easton, on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 9 and by that night, less than 12 hours later, he was already celebrating St. Cloud State's win at Northern Michigan decked out in Huskies gear.
Week 6 - Nov. 18, 2019:
Tim Matthewson, Colorado College
Tim, his wife and his friends from Colorado took in Colorado College's series at St. Cloud State on Nov. 15-16 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn., cheering the Tigers to a road sweep.
Week 8 - Dec. 2, 2019:
Alex Berger, North Dakota
Alex (on right) and his friend, Jack, both current students at the University of Minnesota, were cheering against their school on Nov. 28-29. They were supporting North Dakota at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis on Thanksgiving weekend, cheering the Fighting Hawks to a sweep of their rival Gophers.
Week 9 - Dec. 9, 2019:
Franklin Crandall, Denver
Franklin (on right) traveled from Colorado to the desert to watch Denver battle Arizona State in Tempe on Friday, Dec. 6, cheering on the Pioneers while making a new friend (or a deal with the devil?) along the way.
Week 10 - Dec. 16, 2019:
Daryl Lerner, Denver
Daryl took her kids, Cooper and Kennedy, to Denver's game against rival Colorado College on Friday, Dec. 13 at Magness Arena, where they cheered the Pioneers to a win in the battle for the Gold Pan opener.
Weeks 11-13 - Jan. 6, 2020:
Dan Jacobsen, Minnesota Duluth
Dan and his wife, Abby, made the journey from Minnesota to Massachusetts to watch Minnesota Duluth complete a sweep of Merrimack at Lawler Rink on Dec. 29-30, 2019.
Week 14 - Jan. 13, 2020:
Amber Brumbaugh, St. Cloud State
Amber traveled with her son, Easton, to Colorado for St. Cloud State's series at Denver, cheering on the Huskies at Magness Arena Jan. 10-11, while Easton also got a souvenir from Denver Hockey.
Week 15 - Jan. 20, 2020:
Katie Wright, Western Michigan
Katie and her friend, Johnny (Katie's friend's son), are part of a group of season ticket holders and cheered Western Michigan to a sweep of Colorado College at Lawson Ice Arena on Jan. 17-18, even getting a close-up with Cole Gallant and Coach Murray.
Week 16 - Jan. 27, 2020:
Anna Rose, Western Michigan
Anna and her boyfriend, Andrew, cheered on Western Michigan to a sweep of St. Cloud State on Jan. 24-25 at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. while donning their Bronco masks.
Week 17 - Feb. 3, 2020
David Cummings, Minnesota Duluth
David flew from Minnesota to Denver to cheer on Minnesota Duluth to a sweep of the Pioneers at Magness Arena on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, while sporting a vintage UMD jersey.
Week 18 - Feb. 10, 2020
Brent Bean, Omaha
Brent and his fiancee, Alexis Sharkey, braved the weather to drive from Omaha to Duluth to cheer on their beloved Mavericks against Minnesota Duluth at AMSOIL Arena on Feb. 7-8.
Week 19 - Feb. 17, 2020
Jayme Johnson, Miami
Jayme spent his Valentine's Day on a date with his daughter, Paige, at Steve Cady Arena, cheering on Miami to a tie against Western Michigan on Friday, Feb. 14.
Week 20 - Feb. 24, 2020
Ashley Berger, North Dakota
Ashley made the trek from Grand Forks to St. Cloud to cheer on North Dakota at St. Cloud State on Feb. 21-22, while snapping a picture with UND Hobey Baker Award candidate Jordan Kawaguchi during the series finale at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Heath attended both games of St. Cloud State's split with Denver on Feb. 28-29 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, cheering the Huskies to a win Friday, Feb. 28, while enjoying SCSU's Senior Night with his wife and daughter, Daisy, on Feb. 29.
Week 22 - March 9, 2020
Brent Larson, Omaha
Brent and his family attended both games of Omaha's series against North Dakota on the final weekend of the regular season, March 6-7, at Baxter Arena, cheering the Mavericks to an upset win in the series opener.