College Hockey America awarded NCAA women’s tournament automatic bid

The NCAA has awarded College Hockey America an automatic bid to the 2015 women’s NCAA tournament.

“College Hockey America is both thankful and excited that the NCAA has made the decision to award the automatic bid to the women’s ice hockey championships,” said CHA commissioner Bob DeGregorio in a statement. “Our teams and coaches have worked very hard to be recognized nationally. I congratulate the teams and coaches in the CHA and I am very thankful to the NCAA for awarding the CHA the automatic bid.”

This is the first year the CHA will have the automatic bid, which will go to the 2015 CHA tournament champion.

Since the CHA was formed back at the start of the 2002-03 season, the league has been represented in the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid. Mercyhurst has garnered 10 straight at-large berths and has appeared in four Frozen Fours (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), finishing as the national runner-up in 2009.