Louise Heine
Destination Marketing Director
York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
717-852-9675, ext. 109 or

Brent Burkey
Communications Specialist
York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
717-852-9675, ext. 103 or



YORK, PA-The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes the start of the American Collegiate Hockey Association's Women's Championships on Wednesday at the York Ice Arena.

Sixteen women's collegiate ice hockey teams from across the United States will compete through Sunday for either the Division 1 or Division 2 national championship. The five days of competitions are expected to generate more than $1 million in total economic benefits for our community. This is the first time York County has hosted the ACHA championships.

"In a community that can boast outstanding indoor facilities such as the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center and the Graham Aquatic Center, the York Ice Arena is yet another important arrow in the quiver of Sport York to attract impactful tournaments to York County at all times of the year," said Laura Gurreri, the York County CVB's Director of Sales who leads Sport York efforts.

Pool play begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, when the University of Michigan takes on Adrian College in a Division 1 matchup. Pool play continues in both divisions through the end of the day on Friday, including evening matchups. Tickets to the competitions are available to the general public.

Two games apiece in each division on Saturday will determine who plays in the national championship matchups on Sunday.

"Sports are serious business for the York County economy," said Anne Druck, President of the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "But at the same time, they create unique opportunities for young people in our local community to see top-tier youth and collegiate competitors performing at the highest levels of their respective sports. You can't put a dollar value on what this type of exposure can mean to aspiring athletes."

The primary mission of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is to support the growth and development of collegiate hockey programs nationwide. The ACHA is an organization of more than 415 college and university affiliated programs and includes Men's Division 1, 2 and 3, and Women's Division 1 and 2. For further information, visit

The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau's Sport York initiative is designed to recruit events and maximize economic impact in York County. Sport York positions York County as Pennsylvania's Premier Sports Destination, highlighting the area's dynamic facilities and central location on the East Coast. For further information about Sport York, visit

The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau's Mission is to maximize tourism expenditures and their economic impact in York County, PA, through comprehensive tourism sales and marketing programs. The York County CVB's Vision is for a York County where tourism is recognized for the value of its economic impact; and its role in raising the profile of York County as a sought-after destination. For more information on the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, call 1-888-858-9675 or visit