South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference

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South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference
SECHC
South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference logo
Established 2008
Association ACHA
Members 10
Sports fielded
Region Southeastern United States
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Commissioner Brian McSparron
Website SECHC official website

The South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC) is an ACHA is a non-varsity ice hockey conference in the Southern United States. The league's mission is to develop and advance collegiate ice hockey. The members of the SECHC are all ACHA ice hockey programs and member universities of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in NCAA athletics.[1][2] Of the 14 members of the SEC, ten teams are members of the SECHC and play in the South and Pacific regions of ACHA Division 3.[3]

The SECHC plays a six-game minimum conference schedule. Within those six games each team must play at least four other SECHC opponents. Playoff positioning is determined by a coaches poll that comes out every two weeks.

Teams[edit]

After the 2012–13 season Arkansas moved from the South Region of Division 3 to the Pacific but remained a member of the conference.[4]

Following the 2014–15 season, both Arkansas and Alabama moved up to the ACHA Division 1 rank. Arkansas continues to field a Division 3 team that competes in the SECHC in addition to their Division 1 team. Alabama discontinued their participation in the SECHC as they no longer fielded a Division 3 team.

School Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname[5] Home Arena
Auburn University Auburn, AL 1856 Public 24,530 Tigers Columbus Civic Center
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 1860 Public Flagship (Louisiana State University System) 30,000 Tigers Planet Ice
Mississippi State University Starkville, MS 1878 Public 18,601 Ice Dawgs BancorpSouth Arena
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 1871 Public Flagship (University of Arkansas System) 26,754 Razorbacks The Jones Center
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 1853 Public Flagship (State University System of Florida) 49,679 Gators Various
University of Georgia Athens, GA 1785 Public Flagship (University System of Georgia) 34,885 Bulldogs Akins Ford Arena
University of Mississippi Oxford, MS 1848 Public Flagship 23,838 Rebels Midsouth Icehouse
University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 1801 Public Flagship (University of South Carolina System) 27,488 Gamecocks Plex Indoor Sports
University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 1794 Public Flagship (University of Tennessee System) 27,739 Ice Vols Knoxville Convention Center
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 1873 Private / Non-sectarian 12,093 Commodores Ford Ice Center

Of the remaining SEC schools:

  • Alabama used to compete in the SECHC but has since moved up and competes as an ACHA Division 1 team.
  • Kentucky has an ACHA Division 2 team. Kentucky has never competed in the SECHC.
  • Missouri has an ACHA Division 2 team in the MACHA conference. Missouri has never competed in the SECHC.
  • Texas A&M has an ACHA Division 2 team in the College Hockey Southwest conference. Texas A&M has never competed in the SECHC.

Membership timeline[edit]

Auburn University University of Mississippi Louisiana State University Vanderbilt University University of Tennessee University of South Carolina Mississippi State University University of Georgia University of Florida University of Arkansas University of Alabama

Conference champions[edit]

The SECHC Championship Tournament is held every year in February at the conclusion of the regular season and after the ACHA South Regionals. After the 2014–15 season the cross-divisional playoff format was abandoned. For the 2015–16 season there was just one division within the SECHC and the first round of the playoffs featured the #1 seed vs the #8 seed, the #2 seed vs the #7 seed, etc.

Year Champion
2016 Georgia
2015 Arkansas
2014 Arkansas
2013 Arkansas
2012 Alabama
2011 Arkansas
2010 Arkansas
2009 Tennessee

Venues[edit]

Venues for the teams vary from community ice rinks to civic-center sized arenas. As the conference has expanded and interest in hockey has grown in the Southern United States teams have sought larger venues for games. The 2010-11 SECHC Championship Tournament was held at the 8,500 seat Columbus Civic Center.[6] Two teams, Georgia and Florida along with in-state rivals Georgia Tech and Florida State, as well as a Thursday game played between in-state rivals South Carolina and Citadel play a yearly tournament at the Savannah Civic Center.[7]

ACHA Division 3 Nationals teams[edit]

The SECHC has sent 11 teams to the ACHA Division 3 National Tournament. While no SECHC team has ever made it out of pool play, Arkansas in 2014 had the best success going 2-1 in their pool but losing the goals against tie breaker to the eventual champion Adrian College.

2009 Host City: Rochester, NY

Hope College (L 3-5)
Colorado (W 7-6)
Dordt College (L 1-4)
Albany (W 6-5)

2010 Host City: Fort Myers, FL

College of the Canyons (L 3-8)
Saginaw Valley State (L 1-14)
Robert Morris (W 8-6)
Colorado (L 1-7)
Hope College (L 2-5)
Fredonia State (L 2-4)

2012 Host City: Vineland, NJ

California (PA) (L 3-7)
Hope College (L 1-9)
Cal State Northridge (L 6-7 OT)

2013 Host City: Springfield, MO

Colorado State (W 2-1)
Farmingdale State (L 2-5)
Adrian College (L 0-9)
Iowa State (W 4-2)
California (PA) (L 5-7)
Michigan-Flint (L 1-7)

2014 Host City: Coral Springs, FL

Adrian College (L 3-4)
Neumann (W 14-6)
Central Florida (W 6-2)
California (PA) (L 2-8)
Davenport (L 2-10)
Aurora (L 3-9)

2015 Host City: Pelham, AL

Fairfield (W 6-2)
Calvin College (W 9-2)
Florida Gulf Coast (L 1-6)
Michigan State (T 4-4)
Pittsburgh-Johnstown (W 6-1)
Colorado State, (L 6-7 OT)
Oakland (L 4-7)
California (PA) (L 3-7)
Metro State (L 1-6)

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