The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, WCHA, is a NCAA Div. I hockey conference. It was founded in 1951 as the Midwest Intercollegiate Hockey League. In 1953 it became the Western Intercollegiate Hockey League. Finally in 1959 the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. It sponsors hockey games between member institutions to determine a conference champion that will compete in the NCAA Ice Hockey Championship. To determine the conference champ they hold a conference tournament. In this conference playoff championship the top five teams of the league play to determine a clear cut winner.


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