Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League

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Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League
Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League logo
Established 2010
Association ACHA
Division Division I
Members 8
Sports fielded Ice hockey (men's: yes; women's: no)
Region Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) is an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I level ice hockey league. The GLCHL is made up of eight schools, six of which are located in Michigan, with one school each in Indiana and Ohio.


The league was announced in late 2009 and began play in the Fall of 2010 with six member teams, all located within the state of Michigan.[1] Eastern Michigan, Michigan-Dearborn and Western Michigan all joined the league after competing as members of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League. Oakland and Adrian College previously competed as ACHA Division 1 Independents. Davenport joined after making the transition from ACHA Division 2 to Division 1.[1] In 2012, Kent State announced they would move from the CSCHL to the league beginning in the 2012-13 season. In 2013, Wayne State announced they would move up from ACHA Division 3 to Division 1 and join the league for the 2013-14 season. Indiana Tech and Rochester joined the league in the 2015-16 season.


The conference plays a 20-game league schedule, four games against each team—two home and two away contests. In addition team schedules will include other ACHA Division I opponents. The GLCHL holds a league championship tournament at the end of the regular season in February.[2]

Current teams[edit]

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Team Nickname Primary conference
Adrian College Adrian, MI 1859 Private/Methodist 1,650 Bulldogs MIAA (D-III)
Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI 1876 Private 3,918 Knights MIAA (D-III)
Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI 1866 Private 12,471 Panthers Wolverine–Hoosier (NAIA)
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 1849 Public 22,974 Eagles Mid-American (D-I)
Kent State University Kent, OH 1910 Public 33,457 Golden Flashes Mid-American (D-I)
University of Michigan–Dearborn Dearborn, MI 1959 Public 9,003 Wolverines Wolverine–Hoosier (NAIA)
Oakland University Rochester, MI 1957 Public 20,169 Golden Grizzlies Horizon League (D-I)
Rochester College Rochester Hills, MI 1959 Private 1,084 Warriors Wolverine–Hoosier (NAIA)
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 1903 Public 24,576 Stallions Mid-American (D-I)

Note: Adrian has NCAA Division III hockey competing in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. Western Michigan has NCAA Division I hockey competing in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Former Members[edit]

Indiana Institute of Technology moved to NAIA

Conference arenas[edit]

School Hockey Arena Capacity
Adrian Arrington Ice Arena 500
Calvin Eagles Ice Center
Davenport Patterson Ice Center 1,200
Eastern Michigan Ann Arbor Ice Cube 1,000
Kent State KSU Ice Arena 1,500
Michigan–Dearborn University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse 1,500
Oakland Onyx Rochester Ice Arena 750
Rochester Suburban Ice Macomb
Western Michigan Wings West Arena 1,000

Past champions[edit]

Regular season Tournament Tournament site
2011 Adrian College[3] Oakland[4] The Peak Ice Arena, Romulus, Michigan
2012 Oakland[5] Adrian College[6] Arrington Ice Arena, Adrian, Michigan
2013 Adrian College Davenport Patterson Ice Center, Grand Rapids, MI
2014 Adrian College Davenport ONYX Ice Arena, Rochester, MI
2015 University of Michigan-Dearborn[7] Davenport University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse, Dearborn, MI
2016 Davenport University of Michigan-Dearborn University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse, Dearborn, MI
2017 Adrian College University of Michigan-Dearborn KSU Ice Arena, Kent, OH

National tournament results[edit]

  • 2011: #2 Davenport won the 2011 ACHA Men's DI National Championship defeating #1 Lindenwood 3-2 in overtime; #4 Adrian defeated 4-5 in 2ot by #5 Delaware in Quarter-final Round; #11 Oakland defeated 2-6 by #3 Ohio in Quarter-final Round.[8]


  1. ^ a b "All-Michigan GLCHL League To Debut in 2010-2011". ACHA. November 13, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bulldogs Set to Join GLCHL in 2010-11". Adrian College. Dec 4, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Adrian Clinches GLCHL Regular Season Title". GLCHL. Feb 7, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Oakland wins GLCHL Playoff Championship with 4-0 win over Adrian". GLCHL. Feb 21, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Oakland head coach Jeremy Bachusz named 2012 GLCHL coach of the year". GLCHL. March 13, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "GLCHL Tournament Champs". GLCHL. Feb 21, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ GLCHL. Feb 21, 2016 Retrieved Mar 9, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "GLCHL Represented well in ACHA DI National Tournament". GLCHL. Feb 16, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 

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