August 20, 2010 - The Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC) is about to enter its third season as a representative body of 11 teams participating in Division III of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The 11 teams are club ice hockey programs at the universities that make up the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in NCAA athletics (with the exception of Kentucky, who participates in Division II).
This season, the SECHC grows to 11 members as Auburn joins the conference in their first season of ACHA hockey. Last season, Mississippi joined the SECHC to make a 10-team league.
Of the 12 SEC teams, 11 currently play in the South region of ACHA Division III. Kentucky is the exception, as they are currently in the Southeast division of ACHA Division II. Because Kentucky is a Division II program, they play very few of the other SECHC teams and are not currently members of the SECHC. Kentucky does currently maintain a home-and-home rivalry series with Tennessee at the end of every season.
The teams of the SECHC all play each other frequently throughout the season. This season, like the SEC and NCAA athletics, the teams in the SECHC will be broken down into East and West divisions. The Teams will still play whomever they reach agreements with for the season.
The top four teams in each division at the end of the season will be eligible for the SECHC Tournament.
The 2011 SECHC Tournament is scheduled to be played in Columbus, Georgia at Columbus Civic Center for the first time in its brief three-year history. The championship tournament is scheduled for February 25-27, 2011.
Columbus, Ga. won the rights to the 2011 Tournament over Pelham, Ala. (who hosted the first two years of the tournament), Nashville, Tenn., Columbia, S.C., and Savannah, Ga.
For more information about the SEC Hockey Conference, visit SECHCHockey.com.