American Collegiate Hockey Association

American Collegiate Hockey Association

sanction; they offer no scholarships and typically receive far less university funding than is sufficient to cover expenses. Despite this informal status, ACHA teams attract considerable on-campus attention and the quality of play is considered quite high, especially in the top division.

The purpose of the ACHA is to support quality, unity, and regulation of four-year intercollegiate hockey programs nationwide and to help college players move into the pro hockey ranks. In order to do this, the ACHA has developed organizational by-laws and a "Policies and Procedures Manual" to provide the policy foundation for the organization as it works to fulfill its purpose. These documents are reviewed yearly at the ACHA's annual meeting.

The ACHA's policies cover team and player eligibility, rules of play, ranking procedures, national tournament procedures, and other administrative issues. The league holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Hockey Coaches Association, in the month of April in Naples, Florida.

The American Collegiate Hockey Association is a chartered non-profit corporation.

Mission and Purpose

: I. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

: The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is an organization of College/University affiliate programs which provides structure, regulates operations and promotes the quality of collegiate ice hockey.

: II. MISSION STATEMENT

: The ACHA's primary mission is to support the growth of four-year collegiate hockey programs nationwide. The ACHA identifies standards which serve to unite and regulate teams at the collegiate level.

: The ACHA shall emphasize academic performance, institutional sanction, eligibility criteria, standards of play and opportunities for national competition.

: The ACHA promotes all aspects of collegiate hockey stressing the personal development of individual athletes as well as national recognition for member organizations.

ACHA History

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is an organization of College/University affiliated programs, which provides structure, regulates operations and promotes the quality of collegiate ice hockey.

The ACHA was established on April 20, 1991. Fifteen charter members met during the Chicago Showcase in Skokie, IL at the North Shore Hilton. These member teams had been playing college hockey for many years but wished to legitimize its play by standardizing some of its procedures.

The members that created the organization were: Tom Keegan (ACHA), Al Murdoch (Iowa State), Joe Battista (Penn State), Jim Gilmore (Ohio), Ernie Ferrari (Stanford), Howard Jenks (California-Berkeley), Jeff Aikens (North Dakota State), Don Spencer (West Virginia), Jim Barry (Navy), Scott Fuller (Navy), Leo Golembiewski (Arizona), Ron Starr (Depaul), Cary Adams (PCHA), Jim Warden (PCHA), and Jack White (UCLA).

The inaugural year of the ACHA was the 1991-1992 season. The goal of the organization was to create an impartial governing body to monitor national tournaments, player eligibility, and general oversight. Over the years, this initial goal has evolved into the organization's mission statement: The ACHA's primary mission is to support the growth of two-year and four-year collegiate hockey programs nationwide; The ACHA identifies standards that serve to unite and regulate teams at the collegiate level; The ACHA shall emphasize academic performance, institutional sanction, eligibility criteria, and standards of play and opportunities for national competition; and the ACHA promotes all aspects of collegiate hockey stressing the personal development of individual athletes as well as national recognition for member organizations.

All ACHA teams are members of USA Hockey and joined the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) in 1999.

Membership

The ACHA has both men's and women's teams. The men's side is made up of three divisions of teams: Division I, II, and III. Each of the separate divisions has its own distinguishing set of guidelines. The women's side had one division, with its inaugural season started in 2000 with 15 teams. The ACHA added a second Women's division for the 2006-2007 season.

By the 2001-2002 season, marking their 10th year anniversary, the ACHA had a total of 179 teams registered with 33 teams in Division I, 100 teams in Division II, 18 teams in Division III, and 20 teams in the Women's Division.

By the 2002-2003 season that number raised to over 250 teams, with Division III adding over 80 teams alone.

By the 2003-2004 season the number raised to 278 teams: 40 teams in D-I, 124 teams in D-II, 87 teams in D-III, and 27 teams in the Women's Division.

By the summer of 2007 ACHA membership had reached 360 teams (M1-54, M2-190, M3-139, W1-32, W2-8), that cover 48 of the 50 states. (Alaska and Hawaii have no teams)

Despite most clubs' non-scholarship, non-varsity status, the caliber of ACHA play can be quite high, especially in D-I. Many large universities that do not sponsor hockey at the NCAA varsity level have become powerhouses, such as Ohio University, the University of Illinois, and Penn State. Additionally, several universities that do sponsor NCAA varsity hockey teams also field an ACHA-affiliated club team. Of all non-varsity sports activities, the ACHA-affiliated hockey clubs generally garner the most attention at their universities, such as the Missouri State University Ice Bears and the University of Kentucky where it is the 3rd largest spectator sport. The same with the University of Arizona, where no university funding goes to the team (along with no University promotion) but still draws the third largest fan base (behind football and basketball).

Logos

The original ACHA logo was created by Dave Kammerdeiner of the West Virginia University Art Department under the direction of Don Spencer for a cost of $50.

In August 2003, the ACHA held an official contest to design a new logo, with the winning school receiving free registration for the 2003-2004 season. The University of Washington's Husky Hockey team won the contest, with former graphic-design intern Tom Eykemans designing the new version of the logo (as shown above).

Men's Champions

Division 1

Women's Champions

Women's Division 1 Champions

Women's Division 2 Champions

Players in the Professional Leagues

{| class="wikitable"
-! Player Name! Pos! College/Univ! College Years! Professional Team! Pro Years
-
Andrew Rummel
F
West Chester Univ.(M1)
2005-2006
Mohawk Valley IceCats(NEHL), Varkaus Eagles(Finland D-2)
2006-2008
-
Jim Tudor
F
Bowling Green State (M2)
2004-2006
Toledo Storm (ECHL),Findlay Freedom (NEHL)
2006-2008
-
Tamio Stehrenberger
G
Brigham Young (M2)
2003-2004
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL), Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
2005-2006
-
William Repass
F
California of PA (M3)
2006-2007
Mon Valley Thunder (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Patrick Hellman
F
College of Canyons (M3)
?-?
Holmen (Nor. - 2. Divisjon)
2007-2008
-
Peter Bortignon
D
Davenport University (M2)
?-?
Reims CH (Fra. - Division 2)
2007-2008
-
Nigel Hawryliw
W
Davenport University (M2)
2003-2004
Muskegon Fury (UHL), Quad City Mallards (UHL)
2004-2007
-
Jake Laime
W
Davenport University (M2)
2003-2004
Muskegon Fury (UHL), Flint Generals (UHL), Jacksonville Barracudas (SPHL), Pee Dee Cyclones (SPHL), Port Huron Flags (UHL)
2004-2006
-
Marc Lira
F
Davenport University (M2)
?-?
Reims CH (Fra. - Division 2)
2007-2008
-
B.J. Wade
F
Davenport University (M2)
?-?
Jamestown Vikings (MAHL), Wooster Warriors(MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Marc Kuchler
D
Drexel University (M1)
2003-2006
Trenton Titans (ECHL)
2005-2006
-
Nick Edinger
F
Eastern Michigan (M1)
2000-2001
Toledo Storm (ECHL)
2000-2002
-
Dustin Henning
D
Eastern Michigan (M1)
2006-2007
Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
A.J. Jensen
D
Eastern Michigan (M1)
2005-2006
Wooster Warriors (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Brian Markowicz
G
Eastern Michigan (M1)
2005-2006
Wooster Warriors (MAHL)
2007-2009
-
Jake Pruss
G
Eastern Michigan (M1)
2001-2005
Rockford IceHogs (UHL)
2005-2006
-
Joe Ricupero
G
Fresno State (M3)
2006-2008
Fresno Falcons Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL)
2006-2007 (as an Emergency Backup)
-
Marcel Bourdase
LW
Fresno State (M3)
2002-2006
Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
2006-2007
-
Glenn Detulleo
F
Iowa State (M1)
2000-2001
Essen Mosquitoes (Oberliga), Berlin Capitals (Oberliga), Missouri River Otters (UHL), Quad City Mallards (UHL), Kalamazoo Wings (UHL/IHL), Elmira Jackals (UHL)
2003-2008
-
Greg Paddison
D
Kalamazoo College (M3)
2003-2006
Michigan Rebels (MLRH)
2006-2007
-
Matt Hennigar
D
Life University (M2)
2000-2001
Colorado Gold Kings (WCHL)
2001-2002
-
T.J. Toal
F
Lindenwood U. (M1)
2003-2005
Missouri River Otters (UHL)
2004-2005
-
Nick Bet
LW
Michigan State (M2)
2005-2006
Flint Generals (UHL)
2006-2007
-
Matt Wiedenhoeft
F
Muskegon C.C. (M3)
2004-2005
Asheville Aces (SPHL)
2004-2005
-
Ryan Hughes
D
New York University (M2)
1999-2003
Knoxville Ice Bears (SEHL), Valley Forge Freedom (MAHL)
2003-2004, 2007-2008
-
Will McMahon
F
Oakland University (M1)
2003-2007
Quad City Mallards (UHL)
2006-2007
-
Dan Oleksy
D
Oakland University (M1)
2001-2006
Port Huron Flags (UHL)
2005-2006
-
Ryan Webb
F
Oakland University (M1)
2005-2006
Flint Generals (UHL) Jacksonville Barracudas (SPHL)
2005-Current
-
Dennis Assenmacher
F
Ohio State (M2)
2006-2007
Wooster Warriors (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Christian Idle
F
Ohio State (M2)
2006-2007
Wooster Warriors (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Tony Arkeilpane
RW
Ohio University (M1)
2000-2004
Kansas City Outlaws (UHL)
2004-2005
-
Ryan Baksh
G
Ohio University (M1)
?-?
Tartu Big Diamonds (Latvian Hockey League)
2007-2008
-
Matt Gallagher
F
Ohio University (M1)
2003-2004
Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Brnadon Hanley
F
Ohio University (M1)
?-?
Tartu Big Diamonds (Latvian Hockey League)
2007-2008
-
Scott Walls
G
Ohio University (M1)
1998-2001
Knoxville Speed (UHL)
2001-2002
-
Don Coyne
D
Penn State University (M1)
1995-1999
Abilene Aviators (WPHL), Saginaw/Ohio Gears (UHL), Tacoma Sabrecats (WCHL), Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (ECHL)
1999-2002
-
Justin Depretis
F
Penn State University (M1)
2001-2006
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), Wichita Thunder (CHL), Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL), Flint Generals (IHL)
2006-2008
-
Bill Downey
RW
Penn State University (M1)
2001-2004
Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), Alaska Aces (ECHL), Richmond Riverdogs (UHL), Reading Royals (ECHL)
2003-2008
-
Scott Graham
G
Penn State University (M1)
2000-2003
Huntsville Channel Cats (SEHL)
2003-2004
-
Brian Gratz
G
Penn State University (M1)
2002-2004
Huntsville Havoc (SPHL), Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), Fort Wayne Komets (UHL), Reading Royals (ECHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
2004-2007
-
Joshua Mandel
D
Penn State University (M1)
1999-2003
Huntsville Channel Cats (SEHL)
2003-2004
-
Nick Pappas
?
Penn State University (M1)
1982-1985
Troy Sabres (CnHL), Virginia Lancers (ACHL, AAHL), Skovde IK (Sweden), Hvidovre (Denmark)
1995-1990
-
Curtiss Patrick
D
Penn State University (M1)
2001-2004
Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), W-B/S Penguins (AHL)
2004-2008
-
Mike Pietrangelo
RW
Penn State University (M1)
1994-1998
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), Peoria Rivermen (ECHL), Toledo Storm (ECHL), Abilene Aviators (WPHL), Jacksonville Lizard Kings (ECHL), Trenton Titans (ECHL), Valley Forge Freedom (MAHL)
1998-2001, 2007-2008
-
Mark Scally
G
Penn State University (M1)
1996-2000
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), W-B/S Penguins (AHL), Asheville Smoke (UHL), Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), Texas Wildcatters (ECHL), Asheville Aces (SPHL), Long Beach Ice Dogs (ECHL)
2000-2006
-
Paul Sealock
?
Penn State University (M1)
2001-2002
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
2005-2006
-
Tom Westfall
F
Penn State University (M1)
1994-1998
El Paso Buzzards (WPHL), Valley Forge Freedom (MAHL)
1998-1999, 2007-2008
-
Teague Willits-Kelly
D
Penn State University (M1)
2003-2006
Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Glen Zuck
F
Penn State University (M1)
2000-2004
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), Danbury Trashers (UHL)
2004-2005
-
Tom Boudreau
F
Robert Morris College (M2)
2003-2005
Huddinge IK (Sweden), Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL), Reading Royals (ECHL)
2006-2008
-
Dan Stastny
F
Robert Morris College (M2)
2003-2006
Rio Grande Killer Bees (CHL)
2007-2008
-
Andy Gojdycz
D
Rutgers University (M1)
1996-1999
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (ECHL)
2002-2003
-
Jordan Janes
C
Saint Louis University (M2)
2001-2004
Missouri River Otters (UHL)
2004-2005
-
Mark Uvodich
F
Saint Louis University (M2)
2000-2004
Kansas City Outlaws (UHL)
2004-2005
-
Todd Buchler
F
Towson University (M1)
1995-1999
Monroe Moccasins (WPHL)
1999-2000
-
Rich Jondo
D
Towson University (M1)
2004-2006
Richmond Renegades (SPHL), Wooster Warriors (MAHL)
2006-2008
-
Rich Navin
RW
Towson University (M1)
1996-1997
Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Waco Wizzards (WPHL), Fort Worth Brahamas (WPHL)
1999-2000
-
C.J. Rumsey
F
Towson University (M1)
2001-2002
Elmira Jackals (UHL)
2006-2007
-
Joe McCaffrey
D
U. of Arizona (M1)
1996-1999
Dayton Bombers (ECHL)
2002-2003
-
Alex Wasserstrom
F
U. of Arizona (M1)
2004-2005
Findlay Freedom (NEHL), Valley Forge Freedom (MAHL), Wooster Warriors (MAHL)
2006-2008
-
Bill Mosler
C
U. of Buffalo (M1)
2003-2005
Youngstown Steelhounds (CHL)
2005-2006
-
Brad Buss
G
U. of California (M2)
2003-2005
Lubbock Cotton Kings (CHL), Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Pee Dee Cyclones (SPHL)
2005-2007
-
Adam Kubalski
G
UCLA (M2)
2003-2007
KH Sanok (Polska Liga Hokejowa or PLH)
2007-2008
-
Bill Bowlen
D
U. of Colorado (M2)
2002-2003
Tierps (Sweden)
2003-2004
-
Dan Isenhath
F
U. of Dayton (M2)
2003-2004
Wooster Warriors (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Adam Barbour
G
U. of Delaware (M1)
1999-2003
Winston-Salem T-Birds (SEHL), Knoxville Ice Bears (SEHL)
2003-2004
-
Chris Ferazzoli
F
U. of Delaware (M1)
2000-2003
Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Dan Howard
C
U. of Delaware (M1)
1999-2003
Flint Generals (UHL), Winston-Salem T-Birds (SEHL), Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL)
2003-2004, 2007-2008
-
Terry Kasdan
G
U. of Illinois (M1)
1991-1995
Danville Pounders (NEHL)
2006-2007
-
Kelly Forbes
F
U. of Oklahoma (M1)
2005-2006
Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL)
2005-2006
-
Dan Force
D
U. of Oklahoma (M1)
2006-2007
Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Derrek Douglas
D
U. of Rhode Island (M1)
2006-2007
Lubbock Cotton Kings (CHL)
2006-2007
-
Anthony Feyock
G
U. of Rhode Island (M1)
2005-2007
Lubbock Cotton Kings (CHL), Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL)
2006-2008
-
Patrick Mulligan
D
U. of South Carolina (M3)
2005-2006
Pee Dee Cyclones (SPHL)
2006-2007
-
D. J. Jiletto
F
University of Utah (M2)
2002-2003
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL), Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL),
2005-2008
-
Chad Smith
?
Weber State (M2)
2002-2004
Jacksonville Barracudas (SPHL)
2005-2006
-
David Imonti
F
Weber State (M2)
?-?
SCA 2000 Evry (Fra. - Division 3), Mon Valley Thunder (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Mike Barbera
D
Wesleyan University (M2)
?-?
Ice Hockey Club Leuven (Belgian League)
2007-2008
-
Bill Haas
F
West Virginia (M1)
2004-2005, 2006-2007
Valley Forge Freedom (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Paul Pipke
C
West Virginia (M1),
U. of Delaware (M1)
1993-1996, 1996-1997
Central Texas Stampede (WPHL), Lake Charles Ice Pirates (WPHL), Erfurt ESC (Ger. 1. Liga Nord)
1997-1999
-
Pat Serpico
F
West Virginia (M1)
2003-2004
Valley Forge Freedom (MAHL)
2007-2008
-
Nick Razzi
C
U. of Delaware (M1)
2001-2004
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (ECHL), Huntsville Havoc (SPHL)
2004-2005
-
Scott Holtzman
F
U. of Tennessee(M3)
2004-2007
Knoxville Ice Bears (SPHL), Indiana Ice Miners (MAHL)
2008-2009
-
Emery Lovse
F
Calvin College (M3)
2004-2008
Columbus Cottonmouths (SPHL)
2008-2009
-


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