College Hockey America and Wayne State University have announced that the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Mich., will serve as the site for the 2006 CHA Championships for men and women, March 9-12.
The seventh annual men’s CHA Championship will get underway with quarterfinal games at 3:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. EST, Friday, March 10. The top two teams in the regular-season standings will receive byes into the semifinals, playing the quarterfinal winners at 3:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m., Saturday, March 11.
The fourth annual women’s CHA Championship will begin with semifinal games Thursday, March 9, at 5:05 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. Both the men’s and women’s championship games will take place Sunday, March 12. The women’s championship is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. with the men’s title tilt set to get underway at 7:05 p.m.
This will mark the first time in college hockey history that a Division I men’s and women’s league will play their championship on the same weekend and at the same site. The event will take place at the historic, 5,600-seat Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum. Built in 1922,
the arena was renovated in 1998 and served as the original home of Wayne State’s men’s and women’s hockey programs.
“It’s a great fit - the CHA Championship with Hockeytown,” Wayne State director of athletics Rob Fournier said. “As one of the few conferences that offers both men’s and women’s hockey, this opportunity to combine our championships offers a unique presentation that is perfect for the tradition-rich setting of Detroit.”
“Ever since the CHA expanded to include women’s hockey, the possibility of hosting the men’s and women’s tournament at the same site and on the same weekend posed an intriguing challenge,” CHA commissioner R.H. “Bob” Peters added. “Wayne State University, upon accepting the daunting task of hosting the first ever combined men’s and women’s hockey post-season conference tournament championships, exemplifies the spirit and commitment of the CHA regarding expansion and promotion of Division I men’s and women’s hockey."