The CCHA will crown its final Mason Cup champion on Sunday, March 24, 2013, thereby pushing back the annual NCAA tournament selection show on ESPNU to 9 p.m. EST on March 24.
For the CCHA’s “Celebrate the Legacy” final season, four teams will travel to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in hopes of capturing the 42nd CCHA championship and 32nd straight at “The Joe.”
The semifinals will take place at 1:05 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. EST on March 23 and the championship game will be played at 2:05 p.m. EST March 24. There will be no third-place game this season.
Permission to hold the championship on Sunday, on a one-time only basis, was granted by the NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Committee.
“Joe Louis Arena was unavailable for college hockey on Friday, March 22,” CCHA commissioner Fred Pletsch said in a statement. “We looked at the options and a Saturday-Sunday format is the best one. Both the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Committee and ESPN have been very accommodating in assisting us in finalizing our championship schedule.
“We look forward to an outstanding championship weekend.”