Site Selected for 14th Annual Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships
NCRHA to host event at world-class venue in Salt Lake City, UT
The National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association proudly announces the 14th National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships, to be held April 11-16, 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT. Games will be played at the Utah Olympic Oval, site of the long track speedskating competition during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The event will bring 58 teams in 4 divisions (Division I, Division II, Junior College Division, and B Division) together to compete for the title of Collegiate Roller Hockey National Champion. The event will be hosted by the NCRHA, in conjunction with the Utah Olympic Oval, Visit Salt Lake, and USA Rollersports.
Teams will represent each of the seven Member Organizations of the NCRHA. Each Member Organization will receive an automatic bid to place one team in each division. The rest of the field will be selected at-large from around the country by the NCRHA Selection Committee on “Selection Monday,” March 5, 2012.
The format for the event includes three round robin games for each team, followed by a single elimination bracket round leading up to the National Championship games. A complete listing of the colleges and universities that will be represented, round robin pools and the game schedule will be available on the NCRHA website, www.NCRHA.org, in March 2012.
As the event nears, the NCRHA website will feature a dedicated section with event details. This will include block schedule, team invitations (bids), and travel information such as airport, hotel, rental car, local attractions, etc. The NCRHA and Visit Salt Lake will be working together to provide excellent local hotel options for teams and fans that will be available through an online booking system. Teams are advised not to book any hotels at this point, as all team hotel bookings must go through the official booking system for the event. More information on the hotel system will be available on NCRHA.org in early 2012.
The Utah Olympic Oval is a world class facility that features a huge open space with 2 hockey rinks situated end-to-end inside the speedskating track, full size locker rooms with showers, concessions and a retail store. Everyone will enjoy the large open space inside the building, with plenty of room to stretch your legs and enjoy the sponsor booths. The building is maintained at a constant temperature of 63 year-round, and has a dehumidification system designed to keep the humidity below 35%, rarely an issue in the arid climate. For the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships, the ice will be removed from the rinks and the tiles placed directly over the concrete.
Salt Lake City is an ideal location for an event such as the Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships. The city of over one million people features a vibrant downtown area and is just minutes from world class skiing, which can often be enjoyed in April. Home to a hub of Delta Airlines, there are over 800 scheduled daily flights serving over 100 cities with non-stop service. Located in a valley at 4,300 feet, the average daily high in April is 61 degrees, and the surrounding mountains soar to over 11,000 feet, providing striking scenery. Salt Lake City is also only a few hours' drive from 21 national parks, such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and the Grand Canyon. World famous ski town Park City is a mere half-hour away as well.
The 2011 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships were held in Madison, WI, at Capitol Ice Arena. In Division I, California State University Long Beach (CA) claimed its 1st NCRHA DI title by defeating California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo (CA) by a score of 4-3. University of Miami (FL) claimed its first ever Division II championship by defeating Florida Gulf Coast University, by a score of 4-3 in double overtime. In the Junior College Division, St. Charles Community College (MO) claimed the title by defeating St. Louis Community College (MO) by a score of 3-2 in overtime. In the B division, Lindenwood University B (MO) took home the B Division National Championship by defeating West Chester University (PA) in yet another overtime game, by a score of 7-6. You can view all of the results from the 2011 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships, as well as those from 2004-2010 at www.NCRHA.org.
This will be the 14th consecutive year that college roller hockey will crown national champions, going back to 1999. It is first time that the event has been held in Utah, and the only the third time in the “mountain west.” Ft. Collins, CO, hosted the event in 2005, and Colorado Springs, CO, hosted the event in 2008.
The NCRHA is the recognized national governing body of collegiate level roller hockey in the United States. Organized into seven regions, over 190 teams represent 140 colleges and universities at the club sports level. The NCRHA is sanctioned by USA Rollersports.
The NCRHA would like to thank the following partners and sponsors for their continued support of this event and the growth of collegiate level roller hockey: Mission Hockey, Revision Hockey, Ace Jerseys, Rocket Puck, Utah Olympic Oval, Visit Salt Lake, and USA Rollersports.
For more information, stay tuned to www.NCRHA.org throughout the season.
See the article on NCRHA's website for a copy of this Press Release along with facility images: http://ncrha.org/article.php?article_id=54970