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College hockey national championships kick off in Columbus

Date:  Source: ACHA

By Emily Bench  – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First

The American Collegiate Hockey Association is hosting its 2018 National Championships in Columbus for the second consecutive year and hopes to surpass last year’s $8.1 million economic impact in the area.

“Columbus is thrilled to have the opportunity to host the ACHA championships for the second year in a row,” Greater Columbus Sports Commission executive director Linda Logan said in a statement.

“We heard so many great things last year from attendees, our hockey community, and also from businesses in the Arena District that benefited from the increased traffic from ACHA teams and fans.”

The championship kicks off Thursday with more than 75 teams and 1,600 players competing in more than 100 games over the course of 10 days at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena and OhioHealth Chiller rinks in Dublin, Easton and in Lewis Center.

The championship will include the likes of Ohio University, but not Ohio State, which is competing in the semifinal Big Ten Tournament against the University of Michigan on Saturday. Other Big Ten schools are participating.

Men’s Divisions I, II and III; women’s Divisions I and II; and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics schools will compete in the tournament.

Ticket prices and merchandise serve as the two main sources of revenue from the championship, ACHA spokesman Tobin Ernst told me.

Ernst said that the hope for this year’s tournament “is just to have a successful tournament for every division. Its a chance to showcase talent and shine as both individuals and teams.”

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