Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League
ACCHL
Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League logo
Established 1995
Association American Collegiate Hockey Association
Division ACHA Division II
Members 38
Sports fielded
  • Men/Women ice hockey
    • men's: Division II/Division III
    • women's: Division II
Region Southeast
Commissioner Mike Walley (since 2012)
Champions NC State University
(3rd title)
Most titles Georgetown University
(6 titles)
Website Official website

The Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League (ACCHL) is a non-NCAA collegiate ice hockey league in the mid-atlantic and southeast regions of the US. The Mission of the ACC Hockey League is to provide University Student-Athletes in the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast an option to complete in organized intercollegiate ice hockey without the high expenses of NCAA level hockey. Michael Walley is the current commissioner of the league. Jim Gellatly is the chief financial officer of the league and Keith Rosenfeld is the Referee-in-Chief.[1]

Current members[edit | edit source]

Division Institution Location Nickname Arena Capacity Team Colors
Capitol Division Georgetown University Washington, D.C. Hoyas The Gardens Ice House 850          
George Washington University Washington, D.C. Colonials The St. James Ice House          
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, PA Hawks Haverford Skatium          
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD Midshipmen McMullen Hockey Arena 695          
Virginia Division James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA Dukes Haymarket IcePlex          
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Cavaliers SkateNation Plus
Richmond Ice Zone
         
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA Hokies Lancerlot Sports Complex          
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV Mountaineers Morgantown Municipal Ice Arena 400          
Carolina East Division University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Tar Heels Orange County Sportsplex          
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Wolfpack Wake Competition Center 2,000          
University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC Seahawks Wilmington Ice House          
University of Richmond Richmond, VA Spiders Richmond Ice Zone          
Carolina West Division University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC 49ers Extreme Ice Center          
Duke University Durham, NC Blue Devils Orange County Sportsplex          
Elon University Elon, NC Phoenix Orange County Sportsplex          
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC Demon Deacons Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex 4,000          

League Expansion[edit | edit source]

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 sixteen teams in the near future.

Elon University joined the ACCHL for the 2012–2013.

Wake Forest University and the United States Naval Academy joined the ACCHL for the 2013–2014 season.

The ACCHL added three new members in 2015: James Madison University, Saint Joseph's University, and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, bringing the league total to 13 teams.

For the 2018–2019 season, the ACCHL added West Virginia University and University of North Carolina – Wilmington to bring the total membership to 15 teams.

In 2019 the university of Richmond ice hockey club will join the ACCHL.

In addition to reaching our goal of sixteen Division II Men's teams in ACC Hockey, the league will be adding 17 Division III teams from the former Blue Ridge Hockey Conference and 5 new Women's programs.

Tournament Championships[edit | edit source]

The ACCHL holds a tournament for the top eight 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 University of North Carolina Virginia Tech Fort Bragg, NC
1997 Liberty University University of North Carolina University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
1998 Duke University University of Virginia University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
1999 University of Maryland University of North Carolina University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
2000 University of Virginia University of Maryland University of Virginia Ashburn, VA
2001 University of Maryland NC State University NC State University Laurel, MD
2002 Liberty University University of Maryland NC State University Laurel, MD
2003 Liberty University University of Maryland NC State University Raleigh, NC
2004 Duke University University of Virginia Duke University Charlottesville, VA
2005 Georgetown University University of Virginia University of Virginia Hillsborough, NC
2006 Duke University Georgetown University Duke University Charlottesville, VA
2007 Georgetown University Duke University Georgetown University Arlington, VA
2008 Georgetown University Duke University Virginia Tech Roanoke, VA
2009 Virginia Tech Duke University Virginia Tech Roanoke, VA
2010 Virginia Tech Georgetown University University of Maryland Arlington, VA
2011 NC State University University of Maryland University of Maryland Hillsborough, NC
2012 Georgetown University University of Maryland Georgetown University Hillsborough, NC
2013 Georgetown University NC State University NC State University Laurel, MD
2014 Georgetown University NC State University NC State University Annapolis, MD
2015 University of North Carolina Georgetown University NC State University Annapolis, MD
2016 George Washington University NC State University NC State University Charlottesville, VA
2017 University of Virginia NC State University University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
2018 University of North Carolina, Charlotte Wake Forest University George Washington University Charlottesville, VA
2019 NC State University University of Virginia NC State University Winston-Salem, NC
2020 NC State University Wake Forest University NC State University Winston-Salem, NC

Stephen Russell Memorial Tournament[edit | edit source]

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 three ACCHL conference games.

The current tournament features a conglomerate scoring system of winning periods (2 point per period), whole games (4 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
2015 NC State University
2016 James Madison University
2017 James Madison University
2018 University of Virginia
2019 NC State University

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Archived copy. Archived from the original on 2015-04-06. Retrieved on 2015-04-05.
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