The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) was formed as a reaction to the creation of the Big Ten Hockey Conference. When Wisconsin and Minnesota departed the WCHA, existing differences in philosophy among the remaining schools prompted five of them (Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota) to form their own conference along with CCHA member Miami. The NCHC attempted to draw Notre Dame into its fold, but they opted for Hockey East instead, after which Western Michigan (of the CCHA) and St. Cloud State (from the WCHA) were invited to join, bringing the total number of teams in the inaugural season (2013-14) of the conference to eight. There have been no changes to membership since its inception and the conference was immediately successful, winning four national titles in its first six seasons.
|2013-14||First season of play.
Conference formed by 8 teams:
|2019-20||The COVID-19 pandemic forced the NCHC tournament to be canceled.|