Lake Placid to host college hockey, skiing championships

The Lake Placid Olympic Center

The Lake Placid Olympic Center Photo by Andy Flynn.

— A pair of college championship events are returning to the Lake Placid region, one for the first time in 31 years.

In the past week, the Olympic Regional Development Authority has announced the signing of two new hosting contracts for the National Collegiate Athletic Associations (NCAA) Division III hockey championships and the Division I skiing title meets.

The Division III men’s hockey championships will be held at the Olympic Center March 25 and 26 in 2016 and March 23 and 24 in 2018.

Wisconsin-eau Claire won the Division III title against Oswego on the ice of Herb Brooks arena in March of this year, with previous Division III championships being contested in Lake Placid in 2012 (St. Norbert defeated Oswego), 2010 (Norwich defeated St. Norbert), 2009 (Neumann defeated Gustavus Adolphus) and 2008 (St. Norbert defeated Plattsburgh State).

“When you look at the list of cities and venues that will host our championships, there is no doubt the experiences across divisions and sports will likely be the best in NCAA history,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances in a statement. “The process was extremely thorough and allowed the sport committees to have some tremendous options, which will ultimately provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans the best experience possible.”

“ORDA is honored to again be selected to host this Championship and can guarantee that Lake Placid Region hockey enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear this news,” ORDA president and CEO Ted Blazer said. “We appreciate NCAA’s confidence in our facilities and event administrators in holding this Division III Championship”

In 2015, ORDA will host the Division I men’s and women’s skiing championships. It will be the second time the region has hosted the event with the first taking place in 1982 following the height of the Winter Olympic Games of 1980.

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