NCAA apologizes for women’s championship hats featuring the men’s Frozen Four logo

The NCAA has apologized for the men’s Frozen Four logo appearing on the championship hats given to Minnesota after the Golden Gophers won the women’s Frozen Four on Sunday.

In a statement, the NCAA called it “inadvertent” but something that should have been caught before the hats were handed out.

The issue was brought to wide attention Monday when championship game color commentator and former U.S. Olympian and Harvard player AJ Mleczko Griswold tweeted a photo:

The hat mistake drew scorn on Twitter.




In response to a question from USCHO about the mistake, the NCAA issued a statement:

“We sincerely regret providing a championships hat with the men’s logo on the side panel to the University of Minnesota’s women’s ice hockey team on Sunday following its championship victory at the Women’s Frozen Four. This was inadvertent but should have been noticed and addressed. We are sending the Minnesota women’s ice hockey team new 2016 championship hats, which they have rightly earned. We apologize to the university, the athletics department and especially to the Golden Gophers championship women’s ice hockey student-athletes for this mistake.”

NCAA championship logos got a makeover this season, and the women’s Frozen Four logo has the same shape as the men’s Frozen Four logo.