Functionally nothing changes for Penn State as the host team, but the Nittany Lions would play in Allentown if they were to make the postseason.
Over the past four tournaments (since 2014) nine different cities have hosted an NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Regional including and Cincinnati, Ohio (three times), Providence, R.I. The NCAA also announced more than 600 sites for preliminary and finals of championships in Division 1, 2, and 3 from 2017-2022 for all sports.
Congratulations to Sandy Barbour and the athletic department for gaining the program and university this great opportunity.
"We are honored to be chosen as hosts of the NCAA National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Championship for the second time", Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Greg Amodio said in a press release.
Penn State will host the National Collegiate Women's Hockey Championship in Pegula Ice Arena March 18-20, 2022, with two semifinal games and the national championship contest. Another suggestion was to have one division named "South" and the other one "Souther.' I guess we can't throw stones, you know, with the whole 'Legends and Leaders" deal. The victor of the regional will advance to the 2018 Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minnesota.
That continues what has been a safe, established rotation for the two Eastern regionals.
This is additional incentive for the Penn State hockey team to earn a return trip to the NCAA tournament. The University of New Hampshire and Brown are among the New England hosts for the 2019 tournament.
NCAA men's hockey regionals are held in off-campus facilities but Penn State is still excited to serve as the host institution for the Midwest Regionals.
The location was selected to host both the 2018 and 2019 Midwest regionals, and Penn State will be the host each year.
The event will be the last weekend in March.
Yesterday, the NCAA announced that TD Garden will host the 2022 event on a bid jointly submitted by Hockey East and the Garden.