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About The ACC Hockey League

The ATLANTIC COAST COLLEGIATE HOCKEY LEAGUE (Established 1995)

The Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League is committed to providing a quality hockey environment, as part of a students overall educational experience. To ensure this the ACCHL will govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner.

Further, through our member Universities, Duke, Elon, Georgetown, George Washington, James Madison, North Carolina, North Carolina - Charlotte, North Carolina State, Saint Joseph's, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and the US Naval Academy, we will integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount. As an organization, the ACCHL, it's member institutions, our officials organization, and our student athletes are committed to the following values:

  • A perspective that participation in collegiate athletics will be balanced with academic and social experiences.
  • A commitment to the highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship.
  • A constant focus on the pursuit of excellence in both academics and athletics.
  • An understanding of the principal that intercollegiate athletics enhances the sense of community and strengthening the identity of our elite academic universities.
  • An inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds.
  • A respect for the principle that what we learn and practice in a competitive sports environment today, is part of a total, life-shaping experience for our future.
  • A respect for institutional autonomy and philosophical differences.

The ACCHL is committed to bringing the most professional collegiate club hockey experience to our member teams while reducing costs and travel through innovative organization and scheduling.  By structuring the league into Conferences (and Conferences into Divisions), and hosting an annual jamboree tournament in October, the teams have been able to reduce their travel costs by 8% this season, while freeing up weekends for additional non-league games or the academic or social demands of university life. 

Mission Statement

The Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League is committed to providing a quality athletic environment as an integral part of the student’s overall educational experience.  To ensure this, the League will govern competition in a fair and equitable manner, while emphasizing safety and sportsmanship. Further, through our charter members, we will integrate collegiate ice hockey into the broader goals of the universities to ensure that the educational experience of our student athletes is paramount. As an organization, the ACCHL, it’s member institutions, the ACCHL officials, and the student athletes are committed to the following values:

  1. Honor – Committed to the highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship.
  2. Respect – Foster an inclusive environment that respects the diverse backgrounds and cultures of our student population.
  3. Safety - To respect their opponents on and off the ice and understand that the most important aspects of their future will be experienced after graduation.
  4. Excellence – To maintain a constant focus on giving their best efforts in the classroom as well as on the ice
  5. Balance – To maintain a perspective that athletics will enhance the academic and social aspects of university life.
  6. Autonomy – To understand and respect the institutional and philosophical differences of our member universities.