SAINT PAUL, Minn. – After not being able to gather in person for NCHC Media Day last season due to the pandemic, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) is returning to Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. this Thursday, Sept. 16 for 2021 NCHC Media Day. NCHC student-athletes, head coaches and media will converge at Xcel Energy Center, home of the 2022 NCHC Frozen Faceoff, for the first time in nearly two years to unofficially ‘drop the puck’ on the NCHC’s ninth season of competition.
While head coaches and student-athletes representing all eight NCHC teams will be in attendance for Media Day, fans can also follow along and participate in Media Day from afar like in years past. NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton’s State of the Conference address will be streamed live for free on NCHC.tv. Fans will also be able to ask questions for the coaches and student-athletes, which will be answered during a ‘Twitter Takeover’ of @TheNCHC and during interviews on Facebook LIVE. Fans can also follow all the action behind-the-scenes at 2021 Media Day on the NCHC’s social media channels, including Instagram (@TheNCHC), Twitter and Facebook.
Media Day gets underway with the student-athletes’ ‘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. The student-athletes will then answer as many questions as they can during their allotted time.
Twitter Takeover Schedule (all times CT)
Following the Twitter Takeovers, NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton will begin his State of the Conference address at noon CT, which can be seen live for free on NCHC.tv through a computer browser or on NCHC.tv mobile or OTT apps. The State of the Conference address will also be archived on NCHC.tv, where it will be able to 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 national 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 during the season.
Fans will still be able to participate in NCHC Media Day during the afternoon though, as each head coach and student-athlete will be interviewed by former St. Cloud State women’s hockey player and mass communications major Rachel Herzog 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 questions and talk about their team. Fans can ask questions for the student-athletes and head coaches on Facebook by adding a ‘comment’ on the live video (schedule below). The videos will also be archived on the NCHC’s Facebook page to watch on-demand.
Facebook LIVE Schedule (all times CT)
Leading up to Media Day, NCHC preseason accolades will be announced. On Tuesday (Sept. 14), the 2021 NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team will be released, while on Wednesday, Sept. 15 the NCHC Preseason Poll will be revealed. The NCHC Preseason Poll will first be unveiled on Twitter Wednesday starting at 2:30 p.m. CT with @TheNCHC counting down the teams from eight to one, allowing fans to follow along.
For media wishing to attend 2021 NCHC Media Day, please email Associate Commissioner Michael Weisman at email@example.com.
While Media Day serves as the unofficial start of the 2021-22 season, the NCHC officially drops the puck on season nine on Saturday, Oct. 2 with three non-conference contests and a trio of exhibition games. Fans can watch all the exciting NCHC action this season on NCHC.tv, where more than 140 NCHC games will be streamed live during the season. To subscribe to NCHC.tv, click here.