WATERVILLE, ME- Thomas College Athletic Director David Roussel '93 announces that the club ice hockey team will be joining the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) DII next season, and will be an associate member of the New England Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) next season.
During the 2013-14 season, ACHA Men's Division II will have close to 200 teams, with 70 of those teams belonging to the NECHA division. Thomas will be playing a competitive schedule during the winter season with teams throughout the New England region.
Thomas club ice hockey, which has been around since the 1960's, has played in the Central Maine Collegiate Conference out of Sukee Arena for over a decade, along with playing non-league games with other colleges across Maine.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to join the ACHA," says Head Ice Hockey Coach TJ Garske. "As our program continues to grow, I think it is important to provide our student-athletes with the best level of competition, and that is what the ACHA will provide us with".
Ice hockey, along with golf and track & field will be added to the Thomas College Athletic Department during the 2013-14 season as competitive club sports.
About the American Collegiate Hockey Association:
The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) began as a men's collegiate hockey organization and 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 current function of the ACHA is to support quality, unity and regulation of intercollegiate hockey programs in the United States. 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.
For more information about the ACHA please check out www.achahockey.org