October 9, 2022 – Collegiate Hockey Federation (www.chfhockey.net), the national collegiate ice hockey governing body of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), has kicked off its fourth season in dramatic fashion for its Member programs consisting of six conferences covering over 125 collegiate programs across 17 states and 3,500+ student-athletes.
As we continue to grow and expand, the needs of our Members are of primary importance and our “players first” approach guides everything we do across the CHF. Considering that less than three percent of all youth and junior players in the United States have the opportunity to play NCAA collegiate ice hockey, the CHF and its Member programs offer significant options for playing a very high level of non-varsity college hockey while getting a first-class education.
We have been working diligently in the off-season to offer even more capabilities to our collegiate programs and student-athletes, which includes linking together our strategic partners from Gamesheet, Rsportz, MyHockeyRankings, and Black Dog Hockey along with podcasts and other rich media that enhance the experiences for our players and fans. Our growing relationship with Verbero as the CHF’s preferred equipment partner is starting to have a very positive impact on our Member teams, enabling fundraising and creative equipment options that have never been offered in the past. We aim to continue bringing on new sponsorship opportunities that will enhance the experience for our players as well as help offset rising costs to our programs.
Another key aspect of our growth is recruiting highly experienced leadership talent for the executive team and Board of Directors. As such we are very proud to announce that Scott Solomon has agreed to be the CHF’s first Executive Director. Scott has a long history in collegiate hockey as a player, coach, administrator, and Board Member of the ACHA who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge across the collegiate ice hockey ecosystem.
“Ever since I got involved in the administrative side of our game, I have tried to focus my efforts on maximizing the player's experience”, offered Solomon. “Special events like The Classic, All-Star Challenges, Showcases, and of course, the National Championships are all platforms we have provided our players with to make memories, and after 20 years I can say they always deliver. The CHF is poised to not only continue offering these opportunities but enhance them to add even more. I am excited to work with the CHF's Executive Team to put our strategic plan together, support our member leagues and most importantly put our players first.”
Matt Loughran will be joining our Board and has been an executive with the NHL, NY Rangers, and Florida Panthers as well as the former commissioner for College Hockey South. Matt will help us to build relationships across the hockey world on behalf of our teams. Matt offered, “I’m thrilled to be joining the Board of the Collegiate Hockey Federation. The CHF has come a long way in a short time, and looking forward to playing a part in its ongoing success”.
CHF Chairman Mark Purowitz commented, “Being able to attract the caliber of leadership with the pedigrees of both Scott and Matt to the CHF is amazing and humbling as it really validates our players-first approach to enabling the best collegiate hockey experiences for our student-athletes”. “It is not often an organization achieves the levels of success we have in just three years and is a huge testament to the vision, hard work, and commitment of our all-volunteer leadership team”.
Jon LaRochester, CHF Director of Hockey Operations added “the addition of Scott and Matt further emphasizes the commitment we have made towards growing the game, opportunities, and experiences for our Member programs and student-athletes. With more than sixty years of combined experience in junior, collegiate, and professional hockey, the insights and connections they bring will help the CHF and its teams become the best option for current and future student-athletes who aim to compete at the highest levels of non-varsity collegiate ice hockey”.
Finally, we are working on some exciting new features of the Federation Cup national tournament that is scheduled for mid-March in Philadelphia – and a big shout out to Babson College for winning last season’s trophy! We are also putting on some exciting regional showcase tournaments in each of our major geographic locations for our teams throughout the season to enable inter-conference competition and college recruiting.
As a “players first” organization, we are constantly striving to offer our Members the best experience in non-varsity collegiate hockey and look forward to another great season. Until then, we hope you all continue to stay healthy and safe.
It’s a great day for hockey!
About the Collegiate Hockey Federation
As the governing body to more than 125 collegiate club hockey programs, the Collegiate Hockey Federation's (www.chfhockey.net) mission is to provide for and enable the best non-varsity hockey experience for collegiate student-athletes in the United States.
The Amateur Athletic Union (www.aausports.org) has been raising champions for more than a century. Since its inception in 1888, the AAU has set the standard for amateur sports in the United States with one goal in mind: “Sports For All, Forever.” It is more than a motto – it has been the focus and drive of AAU for 130 years and counting for sports in the United States and throughout the world. One of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, multi-sport event organizations in the world, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. The AAU philosophy of “Sports For All, Forever” is now shared by nearly 700,000 members and 150,000 volunteers across 41 sports programs and 55 U.S. districts.