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Location: Target Center, Xcel Energy Center
Award Name: Frozen Faceoff Championship Trophy
NCHC Frozen Faceoff TicketsThe Frozen Faceoff is the playoff tournament for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Originally, the NCHC playoff series didn't have this name. A fan poll in late 2013 gave the series its name, and the first Frozen Faceoff took place in 2014. That season, Denver claimed the championship. The Frozen Faceoff involves all eight teams in the conference. Every NCHC school makes it to the first round of the Frozen Faceoff. In that first round, the first-seeded team faces off the eighth-seeded team, seven plays two and so on. They take to the ice for a three-game series in that quarterfinal round. There are three rounds total in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff tournament. The semifinal and finals rounds are single-game playoffs. The NCHC Frozen Faceoff features some of the strongest teams in college hockey, including recent league-wide champions Minnesota Duluth, Denver and North Dakota. They fight hard to win this tournament in part because the winner gets an automatic berth at the NCAA Frozen Four. Get your NCHC Frozen Faceoff tickets at StubHub.
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What is the NCHC conference like?The National Collegiate Hockey Conference started off as an idea in 2011. That year, the Big 10 hockey conference got started, which prompted some realignment throughout the rest of the NCAA's Division I. The first NCHC hockey game was played in October 2013, just a couple of years later. The NCHC includes some of the best hockey programs in the country, including North Dakota's Fighting Hawks and the St. Cloud State Huskies. Four NCHC teams in a row had captured the NCAA title from 2016 to 2019: North Dakota, Denver and Minnesota Duluth twice in a row.
Where is the NCHC Frozen Faceoff held?The NCHC Frozen Faceoff is held in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota every year. When the conference got its start, the Frozen Faceoff was typically held at the Target Center in Minneapolis. In more recent years, the Frozen Faceoff has been held at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul. The Xcel Energy Center opened in 2000 and is the home of the Minnesota Wild of the NHL. Depending on the way it's configured, the Xcel Energy Center can hold about 20,000 fans. The arena has been upgraded several times since opening, notably in 2015. The Xcel Energy Center features an HD LED scoreboard and a luxury lounge at the Suite level.
What is the NCHC Frozen Faceoff schedule?The NCHC Frozen Faceoff takes place over about 10 days during March of each year. The first round of the Frozen Faceoff takes place on the campuses of the top four seeded teams. The first round is a best-of-three playoff format. The final two rounds take place over one weekend, typically a Friday and Saturday. The semifinal games are single elimination, and they're both played at the Xcel Energy Center. Two teams face off in the late afternoon and two more in the early evening. The final day of the tournament features a consolation game for third place in the afternoon. At night, it's time for the championship game, at about 7:30 PM on the ice at the Xcel Energy Center.
What are some notable moments from the NCHC Frozen Faceoff?The NCHC Frozen Faceoff is always a difficult tournament to win, with very hard-fought games. For example, in 2019, the championship game came down to a goal scored in double overtime by the University of Minnesota Duluth's Nick Swaney. They defeated St. Cloud State to take the title that year. So far, Minnesota-Duluth and Denver are the only two schools to win two Frozen Faceoffs.
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