Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
INDIANAPOLIS- From 2019-2022, old will mix with new when it comes to where the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Champion will be crowned. In a mass announcement that included over 600 total championship sites across the organization's sports, the NCAA announced the upcoming four year host cycle that will follow the 2018 championship in Lake Placid on Tuesday. In an announcement that saw shocking changes to the host sites for Division III Football and Basketball for the first time in decades, changes were also afoot for Ice Hockey.
In two of the four years named in the announcement, the NCAA did not name a specific host. In 2019 and 2021, the NCAA will mirror the process for selecting a women's championship host for the men's tournament by using a non-predetermined finals site, with the successful candidate chosen during the NCAA tournament. While there is no language in the Division III Women's Championship Manual specifically addressing this, past precedent has given the primary considerations to host to the highest remaining seed if they have submitted a bid, or the best available host bid among the remaining teams if necessary, with latitude to choose a site based on region. The NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship previously operated in this fashion through the 2007 championship in Superior, Wisconsin.
We will see the existing format with a predetermined site in the remaining two years in 2020 and 2022. Lake Placid, the championship's most utilized predetermined venue, will again grab another host appearance in 2022 as Plattsburgh State teams up with the Olympic Regional Development Authority to present the championship at Herb Brooks Arena.
The 2020 championship will bring a fresh atmosphere into the fold, as the NCAA selected Buffalo State and the SUNYAC to host. The championship will be conducted in downtown Buffalo at the recently constructed Harborcenter complex that neighbors the Keybank Center, the home of the Buffalo Sabres.
There were no changes in the current structure for selecting sites in the Women's Championship.