Central States Collegiate Hockey League
|Central States Collegiate Hockey League
|Association||American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA)|
|Sports fielded||Ice Hockey|
|Region||Midwest and Great Lakes|
|Headquarters||Union Lake, Michigan|
The Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) is Division I ACHA level hockey-college athletic conference. The CSCHL is in its 39th season of existence and is one of the top ranked ACHA leagues. It currently has 6 member teams in the Midwestern United States.
League teams play a 20-game league schedule, plus additional regular season games against non-league opponents. Following the regular season, the league holds a Championship Tournament. The CSCHL Regular Season champion team is awarded an automatic bid to the annual ACHA Men's Division I National Tournament.
The league began in 1970 with Iowa State University being one of the founding members. The University of Illinois joined shortly after in 1974. The league saw great expansion in the early 1990s when the University of Michigan-Dearborn joined after operating as an NAIA varsity program. Ohio University followed in 1993 and Kent State University joined in 1994 after the university dropped NCAA hockey. Following the 2003 season, UW-Whitewater departed & dropped down to play ACHA D2. In 2004, Robert Morris University-Illinois joined the league, followed by Lindenwood University in 2006. After the 2008 season, Saint Louis University departed to play at the ACHA Division II level. At the conclusion of the 2009-2010 season, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan–Dearborn, and Western Michigan University left to join the new Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League. The CSCHL added Indiana University, who joins the league for the 2010-2011 season, after transitioning from ACHA II. Kent State departed for the GLCHL at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season.
|School||Location||Founded||Affiliation||Enrollment||Team Nickname||Primary conference|
|Indiana University||Bloomington, IN||1820||Public||40,354||Hoosiers||Big Ten Conference (D-I)|
|Iowa State University||Ames, IA||1858||Public||36,660||Cyclones||Big 12 Conference (D-I)|
|Lindenwood University||St. Charles, MO||1827||Private||11,904||Lions||MIAA (D-II)|
|Ohio University||Athens, OH||1804||Public||20,437||Bobcats||Mid-American (D-I)|
|Robert Morris University||Chicago, IL||1913||Private/Non-Sectarian||3,156||Eagles||Chicagoland (NAIA)|
|University of Illinois||Champaign, IL||1867||Public||42,326||Fighting Illini||Big Ten Conference (D-I)|
- University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee folded hockey program.
- Kent State University moved to GLCHL
- Eastern Michigan University moved to GLCHL
- University of Michigan–Dearborn moved to GLCHL
- Western Michigan University moved to GLCHL
- Saint Louis University dropped to ACHA Div II
- University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dropped to ACHA Div II
- University at Buffalo moved to ECHL
- Marquette University dropped to ACHA Div II
- University of Toledo dropped to ACHA Div II
- Purdue University dropped to ACHA Div II
- University of Minnesota dropped to ACHA Div II
- University of Notre Dame moved to NCAA Div I WCHA
- University of Alabama in Huntsville moved to NCAA DII, now DI in WCHA
- Northwestern University dropped to ACHA Div II
- St. Norbert College moved to NCAA D III Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
- University of Missouri dropped to ACHA Div II
- Illinois State University dropped to ACHA Div II
- University of Illinois at Chicago moved to NCAA DI CCHA, folded hockey program.
- Chicago State University folded hockey program.
|Illinois||University of Illinois Ice Arena||2,000|
|Indiana||Frank Southern Ice Arena||700|
|Iowa State||Ames/ISU Ice Arena||1,000|
|Lindenwood||Lindenwood Ice Arena||1,000|
|Ohio||Ossian C. Bird Arena||2,000|
|Robert Morris (IL.)||The Edge II Ice Arena||3,000|