Central States Collegiate Hockey League
Central States Collegiate Hockey League logo
Established 1970
American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I
Members 5
Sports fielded Ice Hockey
Region Midwest and Great Lakes
Headquarters Union Lake, Michigan
Commissioner Brian Moran
Website http://www.cschl.com/

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) is Division I ACHA level hockey-college athletic conference. The CSCHL is in its 48th season of existence and is one of the top ranked ACHA leagues. It currently has 5 member teams in the Midwestern United States.

Format[edit | edit source]

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.

History[edit | edit source]

The league began in 1970 with Chicago State University, Illinois State University and Iowa State University as founding members.[1] The following season the league expanded to 24 teams in 3 divisions making the CSCHL the premier ice hockey conference in the midwest. Joining the CSCHL included Bradley University, Drake University, Illinois Benedictine University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lewis University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University. 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.[1] Ohio University followed in 1993 and Kent State University joined in 1994 after the university dropped NCAA hockey.[1] 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.[2] The CSCHL added Indiana University, who joins the league for the 2010–2011 season, after transitioning from ACHA II.[3] Kent State departed for the GLCHL at the conclusion of the 2011–12 season. Indiana University rejoined the Great Midwest Hockey League (GMHL) in the 2014–2015 season to once again compete at the Division II level.[4]

Current members[edit | edit source]

School Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Team nickname Primary conference
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)

Membership timeline[edit | edit source]

Indiana University (Bloomington)Lindenwood UniversityRobert Morris University (Illinois)University at BuffaloSaint Louis UniversityWestern Michigan UniversityKent State UniversityUniversity of ToledoOhio UniversityPurdue UniversityUniversity of MinnesotaUniversity Michigan, DearbornEastern Michigan UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–WhitewaterUniversity of Notre DameUniversity of Alabama in HuntsvilleNorthwestern UniversityMarquette UniversitySt. Norbert CollegeUniversity of MissouriUniversity of IllinoisIowa State UniversityIllinois State UniversityChicago State University

Former teams[edit | edit source]

Conference arenas[edit | edit source]

School Hockey Arena Capacity
Illinois University of Illinois Ice Arena 2,000
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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 League History. CSCHL. Retrieved on March 5, 2012.
  2. All-Michigan GLCHL League To Debut in 2010–2011. ACHA (November 13, 2009). Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  3. Indiana University Admitted into CSCHL. ACHA (November 13, 2009). Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  4. Indiana University Ice Hockey: About. Indiana University Ice Hockey. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.

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