NCAA tournament selection and preparations with D-I men’s ice hockey chair Mike Kemp: USCHO Spotlight college hockey podcast Season 3 Episode 12

With a commitment to making this season’s tournament happen, the NCAA men’s D-I ice hockey committee has had a lot on its plate.

Committee chair Mike Kemp, associate athletic director at Omaha, joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger to answer questions about the 2021 tournament, including selecting the field of 16, whether there will be fans allowed at the regionals and the Frozen Four, and replacing Manchester as a host for a regional.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.