June 11, 2012 by Sarah M
By Jeremy Zoss
Target Center will host the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) NCAA Division 1 championship for five years starting in 2014, the NCHC announced today.
The NCHC is a newly formed group of Division 1 ice hockey programs that includes Colorado College, Denver, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota. The conference begins competition for the 2013-2014 hockey season. The inaugural NCHC championship game will be played at Target Center in March 2014 and broadcast nationally on CBS Sports.
Target Center vice president and general manager Steve Mattson said Target Center was originally designed as a dual venue for NBA and NHL games. Although Minnesota’s NHL team ultimately landed in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, Mattson said Target Center is a great hockey venue that has hosted many hockey events in the past. The NCHC championship will be held after Target Center’s upcoming renovations are completed, which Mattson said will make it an even better place to watch hockey.
Mayor R.T. Rybak touted the five-year partnership with the NCHC as a major event for the city. While Minneapolis attracts its share of events during the warmer months, the city sees far fewer events during the winter and early spring. He said the NCHC championship game will demonstrate that Minneapolis is an exciting city no matter what season.
“This is a city that’s cool when it’s hot and hot when it’s cool,” said Mayor Rybak.