As the governing body of more than 120 collegiate club hockey programs, the Collegiate Hockey Federation (CHF) mission is to provide for and enable the best club hockey experience for collegiate student-athletes in the United States.  

The CHF was started in July of 2019 by 5 individuals with long histories in the sport as players, coaches, and administrators across many youth and collegiate programs - and was designed and built “fit for purpose” to offer college student-athletes an alternative option to participate in a better club hockey experience than currently offered by others.  We were able to put the infrastructure in place over the summer and the inaugural CHF season was kicked off in September 2019 with over 80 collegiate programs in 3 conferences covering Upper New York State, New England, Long Island, and Mid-Atlantic states.

With the recent addition of the SECHC, SCHC, and ACC DIII programs to complement our inaugural conferences which include the UNYCHL, DVCHC, and Empire, our coverage across DII and DIII now spans the majority of the east coast.  We anticipate adding more programs before starting the upcoming season in January based on the excitement and success of our inaugural season.

Our reason for being is very simple.  We desire to enable the best club hockey experience for collegiate student-athletes in the United States.  Period.  This means being uber-focused on the needs of our members while doing so in a fiscally responsible manner.  Our Board and Executive Leaders are all volunteers without compensation, therefore all available money goes towards Member experience and operating the CHF on their behalf.

We have been evolving the CHF structure based on our Member feedback, including a modern set of by-laws, an integrated technology suite that bridges together the major components, including registration, team management, real-time game management, rankings, website, and social media.  Our first national tournament called the Federation Cup was held in March prior to the COVID lockdown with amazing feedback and generated a lot of excitement for the future.  The Federation Cup planned for April 2021 will be bigger and better, offering even more experiences for those teams and players earning the right to play in a national championship.

The current health situation has certainly impacted life on college campuses, with the majority of schools postponing Fall sports to next semester.  As a result, we announced a delayed start to our season until January as it ultimately allows our member programs and their student-athletes to focus on a healthy and safe return to school which is of primary importance in these uncertain times. The current situation with colleges and universities changing their traditional school calendars has caused some anxiety to non-varsity hockey programs on how their seasons may unfold.  The built-in flexibility of the CHF will allow teams to start after January 1, 2021, without any minimum game requirements and still be eligible for the Federation Cup.  The CHF is working with the conferences to ensure that the 2020-2021 season continues to provide our Members with the greatest non-varsity hockey experience possible while doing so in the most health-conscious way possible.

As the CHF looks to start its second season, growing support and excitement from conferences and programs interested in joining reaffirms our mission on behalf of the players.  We want to leave a legacy of great memories for all of our Members and look forward to working with all of you to make this happen.

It’s a great day for hockey!

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