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Columbus to Host 2018 American Collegiate Hockey Association Championship...



Event to Feature Top Intercollegiate Hockey Teams from Across the Country

COLUMBUS and TROY, Mich. (January 23, 2018) – The American Collegiate Hockey Association, a proud member of USA Hockey and an organization of nearly 500 college and university affiliated hockey programs, will make history once again when all five of their divisions—Men’s Division I, II and III along with Women’s Division I and II—along with NAIA Hockey—hold their 2018 ACHA National Championships together in Columbus, Ohio from March 8-18.

Last year marked the first time in ACHA history that players from top non-varsity intercollegiate hockey teams from across the country all competed together in one location. The 2017 ACHA National Championships generated approximately 3,000 hotel room nights and a direct economic impact of $8.1 million for the City of Columbus.

“The American Collegiate Hockey Association is looking forward to returning to Columbus and having all five of our divisions’ national championships in one location,” said Christopher Perry, interim Executive Director of the ACHA. “The Columbus Blue Jackets and the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks have been incredible to work with to make this a very special event.  The City of Columbus, along with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, have also been great partners to provide such a historical and memorable experience for our student athletes.”

More than 75 teams and 1,600 players will compete in more than 100 games during the 2018 ACHA National Championships. The 2018 ACHA National Championships, hosted by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and the Columbus Blue Jackets will be held at the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks (North, Easton, Dublin) and the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena.

“Columbus is thrilled to have this historic opportunity to host the championships for the entire ACHA family for a second straight year,” said Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Shetina Logan. “Along with our partners, the Columbus Blue Jackets and OhioHealth Chillers, we look forward to continue providing a first-class experience for the teams and fans visiting our great city.”

“The OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks are very excited to partner with the ACHA and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission on hosting the 2018 Nationals,” said Jeremy Rogers, Assistant General Manager of the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks. “This is a marquee event for our sport, our city, and these student-athletes, and we welcome the opportunity to highlight the quality and growth of college club hockey.”

“The Chillers offered the perfect setup for the ACHA last year it will be great to again have teams from all over the country have a chance to see firsthand what a great hockey market we have here in Columbus,” said J.D. Kershaw, Columbus Blue Jackets Vice President of Marketing. “Between the Chillers’ well-equipped facilities and the many amenities our city has to offer visitors, it should be another terrific experience for these student athletes, their families and their supporters.”

The ACHA men’s and women’s divisions will be in action on the following dates:





Men’s D-I

Thurs., Mar. 8

Tues., Mar. 13

OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena

Women’s D-I

Wed., Mar. 14

Sun., Mar. 18

OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena

Women’s D-II

Wed., Mar. 14

Sun., Mar. 18

OhioHealth Chiller Easton*

Men’s D-II

Fri., Mar. 9

Tues., Mar. 13

OhioHealth Chiller North**

Men’s D-III

Tues., Mar. 13

Sat., Mar. 17

OhioHealth Chiller North**


Thurs., Mar 15

Sat., Mar.17

OhioHealth Chiller Dublin

*W2 Championship Game will be played at the OhioHealth Ice Haus
**M2 & M3 Semi-Final and Championship Games will be played at the OhioHealth Ice Haus

Please visit or for comprehensive National Championship information, including venues and starting times for all tournament games, discounted hotel rates, and more.

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About American Collegiate Hockey Association

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is a recognized 501(c)3 organization of nearly 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 27th season in September 2017. For more information, visit


OhioHealth Chiller Press Release

COLUMBUS, OHIO – With demand for ice at unprecedented levels in Central Ohio, the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and JMAC, Inc., parent company of the Chillers and National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, are excited to announce expansion plans to add a third ice sheet at Chiller North, located in Lewis Center.  Construction will begin soon with the goal of opening the new ice surface in December 2018.

 The expansion at Chiller North, which will encompass approximately 30,000 square feet at a cost of $5 million, will be the third major Chiller project overseen by Rodgers Incorporated, including construction of Chiller North in 2004 and the NTPRD Chiller in Springfield in 2014.

 “As youth and amateur hockey and skating programs continue to grow in Columbus, the timing is right for us to add to our nine existing ice sheets,” said Wendy Herb, President and General Manager of the OhioHealth Chillers. “Our team is focused on providing the resources and opportunities for area youth and adults to participate in ice sports and recreation, and this additional rink will certainly help us do that.”

 The Chiller North expansion will add one regulation National Hockey League rink, 200 x 85 feet, four public locker rooms with shower facilities, as well as two larger private locker rooms that can serve as home base for area high school or travel hockey teams.  The additional sheet of ice will provide approximately 80 weekly hours for high demand programming at the facility. 

 Chiller North is home to several area high school, youth and travel hockey programs.  Additional programs include:  the Blue Jackets Hockey School, Jr. Jackets Learn to Play and Learn to Skate classes, the Chiller Adult Hockey League, public skating sessions, birthday parties and private group rentals.

 Mike Priest, President of JMAC, Inc. and the Blue Jackets, said growing the game of hockey at a grassroots level through participation opportunities has been a long-term commitment and passion of the McConnell family and the NHL club.

 “The McConnell family, along with our Chiller staff and Blue Jackets team, is proud to provide opportunities for families and individuals of all ages to learn and play hockey and other ice sports,” he said.  “For nearly 25 years, our organizations have worked tirelessly to grow the game and we continue to meet increased demand through expanded locations, rinks and programming.”

 In Central Ohio in 1993 there was one two-rink Chiller facility located in Dublin and one youth hockey association comprised of 200 players, along with one varsity high school team, six adult teams made up of 100 players and 1,000 participants in skating and hockey classes. 

 In 2018, there are nine rinks at six Chiller facilities and six youth hockey organizations made up of over 3,000 players, along with 12 varsity, 16 junior varsity and five club programs for high school student-athletes, 209 adult teams with over 3,000 players and over 50,000 participants in skating and hockey classes.  An estimated, 1,000,000 guests visit the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks each year.

 The Chillers Ice Rinks were established in 1993 with the opening of the Dublin location, which was the first of now six facilities including:  Easton, Worthington, North and Springfield, as well as the OhioHealth Ice Haus, the Blue Jackets’ practice rink at Nationwide Arena.

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Winter Park presented by Worthington Industries

Winter Park

Blue Jackets Winter Park presented by Worthington Industries will return Friday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 25 at McFerson Commons across the street from Nationwide Arena.

The centerpiece of Winter Park returns with an NHL-sized ice rink that is open for public skating, hockey and a variety of community events.

More info here -

Outdoor Practice - Wednesday, January 31 | 12:00PM

In advance of the official opening, the Blue Jackets are scheduled to hold a brief team practice at the outdoor rink on Wednesday, January 31 at noon. The practice will be open to the public and free of charge. Practice date and time is subject to change based on team schedule and weather conditions.

View photos from last year's practice >

Community Rink

  • The outdoor rink is equipped with bleacher seating for approximately 250 people, a skate rental tent and four heated locker rooms.
  • A special heated viewing tent to watch the skating.
  • A complete schedule of public sessions will be available soon.
  • Interested in a private skate rental? Click here!

Public skate times coming soon!

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1 Comment >>Holiday Family Fun at the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks

Skate With Hockey Santa

Hockey Santa’s coming to town starting Saturday December 2 at our Dublin, Easton and North locations!

Hockey Santa will skate each Saturday and Sunday through December 17 between 1:30 and 3:30pm. And we offer free holiday cookie decorating! Create a great memory for your family at the OhioHealth Chillers! 

Click here for pricing and complete schedules >

OhioHealth Chiller DublinHockey Santa
7001 Dublin Park Drive
Dublin, OH 43016
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OhioHealth Chiller Easton
3600 Chiller Lane
Columbus, OH 43219
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OhioHealth Chiller North
8144 Highfield Drive
Lewis Center, OH 43035
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