Blue Ridge Hockey Conference

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Established: 2001
Members: 24
Sport: College Ice Hockey
League: ACHA Division III
Region: Mid-Atlantic/Southeast
States: Maryland
Washington, DC
North Carolina
South Carolina
Headquarters: Arlington, Virginia
Commissioner: Rich Appleby

The Blue Ridge Hockey Conference or BRHC is an ACHA college ice hockey conference in the Southeast region of the United States. The league's mission is to develop and advance collegiate ice hockey. Despite not having a single varsity program in the region, ice hockey has grown significantly due to the success of the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes.

The BRHC has advanced four of its members to the ACHA National Tournament since 2003. As of summer 2017, the BRHC was restructured to form the East Coast Collegiate Hockey Association[1].


The BRHC's membership has tripled since 2007, making it the largest collegiate hockey conference in the United States. The rapid growth is widely attributed to the growth of the sport and the formation of “tiers” within the conference that resulted in more competitive games. The Colonial Division is the highest tier, and Carolina is the lowest.

Colonial Division

School Location Founded Affiliation Nickname Colors
Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA 1961 Public Captains          
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 1907 Public (University of North Carolina System) Pirates          
University of North Carolina-Wilmington Wilmington, NC 1947 Public (University of North Carolina System) Seahawks          
Radford University Radford, VA 1910 Public Highlanders          
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 1838 Public Rams          
Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC 1954 Public Chanticleers          
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 1949 as branch of University of Virginia, independent university by 1972 Public Patriots          

Atlantic Division- North Region

School Location Founded Affiliation Nickname Colors
American University Washington D.C. 1893 Private/Methodist Eagles          
Catholic University Washington D.C. 1887 Private/Roman Catholic Cardinals          
Marymount University Arlington, VA 1856 Private/Roman Catholic Saints          
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 1964 Community College Nighthawks          
College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA 1693 Private Tribe          

Atlantic Division- South Region

School Location Founded Affiliation Nickname Colors
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 1930 Public Monarchs          
University of Richmond Richmond, VA 1930 Private Spiders          
Appalachian State University Boone, NC 1899 Public (University of North Carolina System) Mountaineers          
Johnson & Wales University Charlotte, NC 2004 Private/Non-profit Wildcats          
The Citadel Charleston, SC 1839 Public Military College Bulldogs          

Conference Champions[edit]

The BRHC Championship Tournament is held every year on the third weekend of February. In 2015 it was held at Chilled Ponds in Chesepeake, Virginia.

Year Champion
2001-02 Charleston
2002-03 Appalachian State
2003-04 Richmond
2004-05 Richmond
2005-06 Richmond
2006-07 Richmond
2007-08 Old Dominion
2008-09 VCU
2009-10 Appalachian State
2010-11 William & Mary
2011-12 Liberty
2012-13 James Madison
2013-14 James Madison
2014-15 Catholic University
2015-16 Northern Virginia Community College
2017-18 Richmond

Colonial Division[edit]

Year Champion
2008-09 George Washington
2009-10 Loyola-Maryland
2010-11 Loyola-Maryland
2011-12 Christopher Newport
2012-13 Christopher Newport
2013-14 Loyola-Maryland
2014-15 Christopher Newport
2015-16 George Mason
2016-17 Christopher Newport
2017-18 Christopher Newport

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the ECCHA". East Coast Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved 2018-04-28.

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