St. Thomas men’s hockey to join NCHC, leave CCHA


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The University of St. Thomas men’s hockey program will change conferences in 2026.

According to an announcement from the team on Wednesday, the Tommies will leave the CCHA to join the NCHC after completing the next two seasons.

“The NCHC is among the premier conferences in all of college hockey and we are thrilled to announce our membership in 2026. The move aligns with our institutional and athletics trajectory and places the Tommies with the other Summit League hockey-playing members competing in the conference,” St. Thomas Vice President and Director of Athletics Phil Esten said in a statement. “We are enthusiastic about the new strategic opportunities this will bring our University and department as we will bring new rivalries to St. Paul and compete in expanded markets nationally.”

“The NCHC is excited to welcome the University of St. Thomas to our ranks in 2026-27,” said NCHC...

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