ACHA Men’s Division 2 National Championships to be Held in Bismarck and Mandan in April 2021


University of Mary to Host Modified Tournament 

TROY, Mich. (February 3, 2021) – The American Collegiate Hockey Association, the governing body for non-NCAA college hockey in the United States, announces that the 2021 Men’s Division 2 (M2) National Championships will be held in the cities of Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota, from April 15-20, 2021.

The Bismarck and Mandan communities have proven their support of the University of Mary’s ACHA Hockey program over the past few years.

“We are excited to bring the ACHA M2 Nationals to North Dakota,” said ACHA Executive Director Craig Barnett.  “The communities of Bismarck and Mandan have proven their support of the University of Mary’s ACHA Hockey program over the past few years.  We expect that tremendous support to continue and that we’ll have a great event at the Schwan Cadillac Rink at Starion Sports Complex in Mandan and Wachter Arena at Capital Ice Center in Bismarck.  We know that we are in good hands with UMary as our host.”

“The University of Mary, our community and our team are honored to be named host of the 2021 ACHA MD2 National Championship during this extended pandemic. We are excited to provide a championship event for the student athletes this season after having missed out last March. We thank the ACHA for their trust in our community to pull together and support all of the teams and fans that will embark to Bismarck and Mandan in April,” stated Dan Huntley, UMary head coach.

Details regarding the form and structure of M2 Nationals, including the number of teams competing and game dates and times, are currently being assessed by the ACHA staff and ACHA M2 leadership.

“We are currently working with local health care authorities in the area to develop a COVID-19 mitigation plan for the Tournament in an effort to ensure the health and safety of all student-athletes, coaches, staff, and visitors,” said Barnett.  “We hope to have these details finalized and announced in the coming weeks.”

For further information, please contact ACHA Executive Director Craig Barnett at

About American Collegiate Hockey Association

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is a recognized 501(c)3 organization of almost 500 college and university-affiliated programs which provides structure, regulates operations, and promotes the quality of collegiate ice hockey throughout the United States.  Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, the ACHA’s primary mission is to support the growth and development of college hockey programs nationwide.  The ACHA identifies standards which serve to unite and regulate teams at the collegiate level and entered its 30th season in September 2020. For more information, visit

About the University of Mary

True to its motto “lumen vitae”—The Light of Life—the University of Mary offers education for the whole of life through cutting-edge professional programs and graduate programs animated by moral courage and leadership in chosen professions and service to the community. A private, co-educational Catholic institution, the University of Mary welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.

A Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers nearly 60 bachelor’s, 15 master’s, and four doctoral programs—in Education, Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. The 19-sport Athletic Department adheres to its Greatness Through Virtue mission under the governance of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) conferences. With more than 3,800 students, Mary has locations in North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arizona, Rome, Italy, as well as vibrant online offerings. For more information, visit

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