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About the ECCHA


East Coast Collegiate Hockey Association

The ECCHA, formerly known as the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference (BRHC) was originally created in August of 2001 with the mission of promoting and developing collegiate ice hockey in the Southeast region, while maintaining academic excellence. The Conference was originally founded by eight collegiate hockey programs in Virginia and North Carolina.   As of the summer of 2017, the BRHC was restructured to form the East Coast Collegiate Hockey Association with the intent to improve the quality of its brand of ACHA Division III hockey in the mid-Atlantic and Southern region.  

Today, the ECCHA is now redefining this region's DIII hockey presence and represents 14 collegiate ice hockey programs in Maryland, DC, Virginia, North and South Carolina. The ECCHA seeks to lead the region in developing successful and sustainable collegiate hockey programs and services for its members, players, coaches and fans. The ECCHA and its collegiate programs are all full members of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and frequently are selected to participate in ACHA Regional and National Tournaments.

Members of the ECCHA Atlantic (North/South) Division: 

North: American University, Northern Virginia Community College, Marymount University, College of William & Mary

South: Old Dominion University, University of Richmond, East Carolina University, and Appalachian State

Members of the ECCHA Colonial Division: Christopher Newport University, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina University, Radford University, Virginia  Commonwealth University, and The Citadel

East Coast College Hockey Association & 501(c)(3) Status

The ECCHA is the central authority for practically all collegiate ice hockey services in the region, including the hiring of certified collegiate referees, organizing major public events and managing Conference finances.

The ECCHA is a non-profit corporation designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charity. The ECCHA welcomes tax-deductible donations from both individuals and businesses. All contributions go towards collegiate hockey events and community outreach projects. The ECCHA is committed to complete transparency and voluntarily provides its annual public filings through