New college hockey conference eyes Target Center 11 Jun 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The National Collegiate Hockey Conference is expected to hold its postseason tournament at Target Center.

The new eight-team league has scheduled a news conference for the arena lobby in downtown Minneapolis for Monday afternoon, with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, NCHC commissioner Jim Scherr and other officials to be in attendance.

The building is used primarily for basketball and concerts, but Minnesota and Wisconsin have played college hockey there a half-dozen times over the years and the WCHA held its Final Five tournament there in 2000 while Xcel Energy Center was under construction in St. Paul.

The NCHC begins play next year for the 2013-14 season, with Colorado College, Denver, Miami of Ohio, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan