WCHA Final Faceoff to remain at Minnesota's Ridder Arena through 2024 season

The Gophers' home rink on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis has hosted the league semifinals and championships the previous seven seasons.

UMD women's hockey at WCHA Final Faceoff
Minnesota Duluth senior wing Elizabeth Giguere passes the puck against Minnesota during a WCHA Final Faceoff semifinal on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
Contributed / UMD Athletics Photo by Dave Harwig

MINNEAPOLIS β€” The WCHA Final Faceoff will remain at the University of Minnesota's Ridder Arena in Minneapolis through 2024, the league announced Wednesday.

The home of the Gophers women's hockey program has also been the home of the WCHA postseason semifinals and championship since the 2015-16 season. Prior to that, the league rotated the Final Faceoff among league members.

The 2023 WCHA Final Faceoff, scheduled for March 3-4, will be the eighth straight time the Gophers have hosted the league's final four teams while the 2024 edition will be the ninth straight. Home ice has rarely equaled success for the Gophers, however.

Over the previous seven seasons, the Gophers have won the WCHA Final Faceoff on their home ice just once, in 2018. Minnesota is 4-3 in the semifinal round and 5-6 overall over the past seven seasons in the Final Faceoff.

Wisconsin has won four of the last seven WCHA postseason championships while Ohio State has captured two of the last three.


Minnesota Duluth is 1-6 in the Final Faceoff since it took up residency at Ridder Arena starting in 2016, advancing to the league's postseason championship in 2017, when the Bulldogs lost to Wisconsin.

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