The Lake Placid Olympic Center
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.
Men’s and women’s events include the giant slalom, slalom and cross country races with events to be held at Whiteface Mountain and the Mt. Van Hoevenberg ski areas.
“ORDA and in particular Whiteface Mountain and the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg are just thrilled to bring the NCAA Championships back,” Blazer said. “I have no doubt that we will provide the competitors with world class facilities and experienced event administration making this Championship one to remember”
The event will be jointly hosted March 11 through 14 by Lake Placid, Wilmington, ORDA, the New York Ski Education Foundation and St. Lawrence University acting as the host school.
“We are thrilled to have received these events to showcase the university and North Country to student-athletes from across the country,” St. Lawrence director of athletics Margie Strait said. “The facilities in Lake Placid and our very own Merrick-Pinkard Track at Leckonby Stadium should provide the competitors and fans with an excellent experience in 2015.”
For more information on the Division III men’s hockey and Division I men’s and women’s sing championships, visit championships.ncaa.org.
Currently, the Olympic Center hosts the NCAA Division I’s East Coast Athletic Conference’s championship tournament at the Herb Brooks Arena.
The tournament returned to the Olympic Center in 2013, with Union College taking the crown. The 2014 tournament is scheduled to take place March 21 and 22, with semifinals taking place at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, followed by the championship game Saturday, March 22.
For more information on the ECAC men’s hockey championships, visit the website ecachockey.com.