Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League

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Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League
Established 1995
Members 10
Sport ACHA Division II Club Hockey
Region Southeast
States 3 - North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C.
Commissioner Mike Walley

The Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League (ACCHL) is an ACHA Division II club ice hockey league in the mid-atlantic and southeast regions of the US. The league is intended to give Universities and colleges in the Southeast an option to ice hockey without the high expenses of NCAA level hockey. Mike Walley is currently commissioner of the ACCHL. Del Daigle (PhD) is the Chief Financial Officer of the league and Keith Rosenfeld is the Referee-in-Chief.[1]

Member Teams[edit]

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Team Nickname Primary conference Home Rink
Duke University Durham, NC 1838 Private/Non-Sectarian 6,496 Blue Devils Atlantic Coast Conference (D-I) Triangle Sports Plex
Elon University Elon, NC 1889 Private 5,225 Phoenix Colonial Athletic Association (D-I) Triangle Sports Plex/Greensboro Ice House
Georgetown University Washington, DC 1789 Private/Catholic 13,612 Hoyas Big East Conference (D-I) Kettler Capitals Iceplex
George Washington University Washington, DC 1821 Private 6,655 Colonials Atlantic 10 Conference (D-I) Kettler Capitals Iceplex
High Point University High Point, NC 1924 Private/Methodist 3,689 Panthers Big South Conference (D-1) Greensboro Ice House
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 1789 Public 17,895 Tar Heels Atlantic Coast Conference (D-I) Triangle Sports Plex
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 1887 Public 24,741 Wolfpack Atlantic Coast Conference (D-I) Iceplex
US Naval Academy Annapolis, MD 1845 Private 4,526 Midshipmen Independent John McMullen Hockey Arena
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1819 Public 24,297 Cavaliers Atlantic Coast Conference (D-I) Main Street Arena
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 1834 Private/Non-sectarian 7,400 Demon Deacons Atlantic Coast Conference (D-I) Winston-Salem Joel Coliseum Annex

League Expansion[edit]

George Washington University and the University of Maryland joined the league at the start of the 2010-11 season. The addition of these programs added to the competitive play in the league and is part of the expansion plan led by ACCHL Commissioner Don Martin. Plans are to continue expanding from to the current seven team league to twelve teams in the near future.

Elon University joined the ACCHL for the 2012-2013. Elon, a relatively new program formally with the BRHC, quickly demonstrated an excellent brand of competitive hockey that was largely responsible for its elevation to the D2 level. It was a natural fit with the rest of the ACCHL teams. The Phoenix moved to the D2 level after only one year in the BRHC at the D3 level.

In addition, Wake Forest University joined the ACCHL for the 2013-2014 season. Wake Forest, also formally with the BRHC, played well in their first year of D2, although they failed to make the end of year tournament.

For the 2014-2015 season, the ACCHL welcomed the High Point University Panthers, bringing the league to a total of ten teams. For the 2015-1016 season, the league will add Saint Joseph’s University, the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and James Madison University, bringing the league total to 13 teams.

Tournament Championships[edit]

The ACCHL holds a tournament for the top four teams in the league at the end of each season. The winner receives the Admiral's Cup.

Year Admiral's Cup Champion Runner-Up Regular Season Champion Tournament Location
1996 University of Virginia
1997 Liberty University
1998 Duke University
1999 University of Maryland
2000 University of Virginia University of Maryland
2001 University of Maryland NC State University
2002 Liberty University University of Maryland
2003 Liberty University University of Maryland
2004 Duke University
2005 Georgetown University
2006 Duke University
2007 Georgetown University Duke University
2008 Georgetown University Duke University
2009 Virginia Tech Duke University Duke University
2010 Virginia Tech Georgetown University Virginia Tech
2011 NC State University University of Maryland NC State University Triangle Sports Plex
2012 Georgetown University University of Maryland Georgetown University Triangle Sports Plex
2013 Georgetown University NC State University NC State University Triangle Sports Plex
2014 Georgetown University NC State University NC State University John McMullen Hockey Arena
2015 University of North Carolina Georgetown University NC State University John McMullen Hockey Arena

Stephen Russell Memorial Tournament[edit]

NC State University has hosted a tournament at some point every season since 2009, to commemorate the loss of their goaltender Stephen Russell. Russell drowned in a swimming accident at Jordan Lake, near the NC State campus. The team retired his jersey number, 20, in his honor.

In 2014, the ACCHL teamed up with NC State to host the tournament as the official kick-off of the ACCHL season. Each participating team will play two ACCHL conference games and the event concludes with a North vs. South Division All-Star Game.

The current tournament features a conglomerate scoring system of winning periods (1 point per period), whole games (3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an overtime win, 1 point for an overtime loss, and 0 points for a regulation loss), and points earned in a skills competition (varying by event). The totals are added for a final score.

Year Tournament Champion
2013 NC State University
2014 University of North Carolina

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