For the first time in the history of the ACHA, the Men’s Division I National Tournament seeding and bracket will be released live via webcast.
The ACHA will team up with Liberty University to provide a live broadcast of next week’s National Ranking and the field for the 2013 National Tournament. The broadcast will be produced by Liberty and will stream live from the LaHaye Ice Center on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. The link for the live streaming webcast is here: http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=21918
Beginning at 9:45pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 13, Rett McGibbon will host the live rankings and tournament bracket reveal show. He will be joined throughout the night by Brandon Cockburn, Aubrey Hiddema, Jacob Johnston, Devan Mello and Pat Strawn for special segments on commentary as each portion of the tournament bracket is unveiled.
In addition to announcing the rankings and the tournament seeding, McGibbon and the broadcast team will feature additional segments on the various teams vying for the final spots in this year’s tournament field. Features to be included will be interviews with players and coaches from teams around the country.
“This is a very exciting addition to our usual process of releasing rankings and the National Tournament berths,” said ACHA Public Relations Director Chris Ostrander. “Adding a live broadcast of the event will hopefully add the feel of March Madness for those programs who have earned a ticket to Chicago.”
In keeping with the interactive community that has been formed via the ACHA Twitter and Facebook accounts, the hashtag #ACHAChicago2013 will be used with any correspondence sent via social media networks prior to and during the broadcast. Fans, players, parents and coaches are all encouraged to tag tweets with #ACHAChicago2013 throughout the broadcast so the on-air talent can interact during the night.
Liberty University’s Club Sports Student Production staff will be providing all of the on-site production work and they will be working closely with the ACHA to receive up-to-the-minute updates on the rankings and subsequent tournament bracket information.
The American Collegiate Hockey Association began as a men’s collegiate hockey organization for the 1991-1992 season. The ACHA currently boasts five total divisions (Men’s Division I, II, and III; Women’s Division I and II) with over 445 teams representing 49 different states, all but Hawaii. The function of the ACHA is to support quality, unity and regulation of intercollegiate hockey programs in the United States. More information about the ACHA can be found at www.achahockey.org.