WCHA Returns to Van Andel Arena on March 18-19, 2016


Michigan Tech, Ferris State, Minnesota State and Bowling Green to vie for Broadmoor Trophy


College hockey’s premier conference tournament – the 2016 WCHA Final Five – returns to Grand Rapids and the Van Andel Arena® this coming Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19. Nationally-ranked Michigan Tech University and Minnesota State University, along with Ferris State University and Bowling Green State University, will compete for the prestigious Broadmoor Trophy and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s automatic berth to the 2016 NCAA Tournament.


Below is a schedule of 2016 WCHA Final Five activities; media are welcome to attend all:



Final Five Media Teleconference                                                                             12:00 p.m.

For call-in info, contact Matt Hodson at mhodson@wcha.com

WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson
Head Coaches from Michigan Tech, Minnesota State, Bowling Green and Ferris State



Grand Rapids Availability for WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson          All Day (until 4:00 p.m.)

Robertson and WSMC President Mike Guswiler
Available either in-studio or for remote interviews



Practice Day at Van Andel Arena                                                                             

Team TBD                                                                                                            1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Team TBD                                                                                                            2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Team TBD                                                                                                            3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Team TBD                                                                                                            4:45 to 5:45 p.m.



Semifinal Practices at Van Andel Arena

Practice – Team TBD                                                                                       9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Practice – Team TBD                                                                                       10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Practice – Team TBD                                                                                       11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Practice – Team TBD                                                                                       12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.


Semifinal Games at Van Andel Arena

Semifinal #1 – MNSU/BGSU or MTU/FSU                                             4:07 p.m.
Semifinal #2 – MNSU/BGSU or MTU/FSU                                             7:37 p.m.

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Practice with “Honorary Fifth Team” at Griffs Ice House (East Rink)        8:30 to 10:45 a.m.

WCHA staff will be arriving during the second half of practice

2016 “Honorary Fifth Team” – Grand Rapids Sled Wings
WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson
Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and Hall of Famer


WCHA Youth Clinic Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Van Andel Arena

Ages 6U & 8U                                                                                                    1:00 to 1:50 p.m.
Ages 10U & 12U                                                                                                2:00 to 2:50 p.m.


Broadmoor Trophy Championship Game at Van Andel Arena                     6:07 p.m.

Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner


2016 WCHA Final Five P.R. Contacts

To arrange interviews with WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson or request credentials, please contact:

Matt Hodson, WCHA Associate Commissioner for Public Relations




To arrange interviews with Bowling Green Head Coach Chris Bergeron or players, please contact:

Jason Knavel, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications




To arrange interviews with Ferris State Head Coach Bob Daniels or players, please contact:

Rob Bentley, Assistant AD for Communications AND Jared Shafran, Athletics Communications Associate

bentleyr@ferris.edu and shafraj@ferris.edu

231-591-3821 and 231-591-2336


To arrange interviews with Michigan Tech Head Coach Mel Pearson or players, please contact:

Zack Friedli, Director of New Media




To arrange interviews with Minnesota State Head Coach Mike Hastings or players, please contact:

Paul Allan, Associate Athletic Director for Communications




About the 2016 WCHA Final Five

College hockey’s premier conference tournament – the WCHA Final Five – returns to Grand Rapids, Mich. and the Van Andel Arena® on March 18 and 19, 2016. The four winning teams from the WCHA’s best-of-three, quarterfinal round playoff series – top-seed Michigan Tech, two-seed Minnesota State, three-seed Bowling Green and four-seed Ferris State – have advanced to West Michigan to compete for the prestigious Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Located in the heart of Michigan’s second-largest city, the Van Andel Arena was site of the 2014 WCHA Final Five. For more information, please visit wcha.com/men/tourney/index.php.


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Origins of “Final Five” and the 2016 “Honorary Fifth Team”

The name “Final Five” is synonymous with the WCHA and its treasured playoff championship. Originally dubbed the WCHA Final Five when the league’s five first-round playoff winners met at the St. Paul Civic Center at the end of the 1992-93 season, and continuing in 2011 when the field expanded to six teams in a five-game format, the moniker has stuck through different formats and venues.


To pay homage to the tournament name and the league’s long-standing mission of growing the game, the WCHA is proud to recognize the 2016 “Honorary Fifth Team” – the Grand Rapids Sled Wings. An inspirational and talented collection of hockey players ranging from ages 4 to adulthood, the Sled Wings – a team of athletes of all ages with physical disabilities – are sponsored by the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation in partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The Sled Wings will be honored during Saturday night’s Broadmoor Trophy Championship Game.


About the WCHA Youth Clinic Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods®

As the country’s most tradition-rich Division I college hockey conference, the WCHA is committed to the growth of hockey in each of our communities throughout the country. As part of the 2016 Final Five, and in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods, the WCHA will host a FREE Youth Clinic on Saturday, March 19 at the Van Andel Arena. The clinic, led by WCHA coaches and area volunteers, will feature two, 50-minute sessions (1:00 to 1:50 p.m. for ages 8 and under; and 2:00 to 2:50 for kids ages 8-12). For more information, please visit wcha.com/youthhockey/.


About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, proudly marks its 64th season of men’s competition in 2015-16. The 10-team Division 1 conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats). For more information, visit wcha.com.


MEDIA CONTACT                                                                                     MORE INFORMATION

Matt Hodson                                                                                             Website: wcha.com

Associate Commissioner for Public Relations                               Twitter: @wcha_mhockey

E: mhodson@wcha.com                                                                       Instagram: @wcha_mhockey                                           

O: 952.818.8872                                                                                        Facebook: facebook.com/wchahockey    

M: 612.801.2808                                                                                       WCHA.tv: portal.stretchinternet.com/wcha



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Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission:

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Eric Engelbarts, II

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