SECHC News Archives
Here you will find all the news we have posted on the main page in the past.
Meet the SECHC - Vanderbilt Commodores
This week, we take a look at our final team of the SECHC as we know it today, the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vandy was one of the founding members of the SECHC which began play in 2008, but the program itself has been around for over 40 years starting back in the late 70's.
The Dores of today are lead by Junior Jeremy Gross, which leads the team in points followed by Defenseman Daniel Huyler. Vandy, has a lot of veteran leadership on their team with 5 grad students on the team with 12 other upper classmen.
The commodores look to have a strong 2018/19 season after a disappointing 2017/18 season falling in the opening round of the SECHC tournament.
Meet the SECHC - South Carolina Gamecocks
The Gamecocks of South Carolina are up next on our tour of the SECHC.
South Carolina has had a club hockey team since 2001. They joined the ACHA in 2006 after working through some growing pains of joining the league, the Gamecocks achieved a top 10 ranking in the 2007/2008 season and were invited to the South Region tournament unfortunately falling in the 1st round to UCF. South Carolina was also one of the founding members of the SECHC.
Looking ahead to this season USC will need the leadership of their 5 seniors as they have 12 freshmen on their squad. Those freshmen do solid ability with Cameron Mecca and Duncan Hickman having tier III and tier II junior A experience. Time will tell if the youth will be a obstacle to overcome or a blessing.
Meet the SECHC - Ole Miss Rebels
We meet the Ole Miss hockey team this week.
Ole Miss joined the SECHC in 2009 and have made it to the regional tournament 6 out of the past 7 years and fell in the SECHC tournament in 2017, but had a disappointing 4th place finish in last year's tournament.
The Rebels are looking to rebuild this year and are off to a good start thus far. They will be leaning on the leadership of 6 seniors, 2017/18 1st team all star defenseman Braden Storner, and they will be backstopped by 2nd team all star goalie Joe Warnecke.
Ole Miss is in a great position with strong play in the defensive end to make a push in the SECHC tournament this year.
Meet the SECHC - Florida Gators
Florida is on the docket this week to get to know. The University of Florida ice hockey team was founded in 1996 and has been in the SECHC since 2008. Though they have never won an SECHC title, they did make it to the ACHA DIII national tournament in 2010, finishing 12th in that tournament.
Florida looks to build on the success of last year's campaign in which they were defeated by Arkansas in the SECHC Championship. They will be relying on the leadership from their 7 seniors, to help bring them back to the promised land again. They will also hope to lean on their 2nd team all SECHC defensemen Garret Quillen.
Overall Florida's future is bright, we look forward to following them this year during the season.
Meet the SECHC - Auburn Tigers
This week we take some time to introduce you to Auburn hockey. Auburn joined the league in 2010 and has had good success since then, having gone 42-28-0 since the 14/15 season. Auburn is looking to build on a successful 17/18 season which saw them go 11-6-0, but saw an early exit out of the 2018 SECHC tournament getting defeated by UGA 12-0.
Auburn goes into the 18/19 season with a pretty young team with only 11 of their 25 man roster being upper classmen and only 4 seniors. Auburn kicked off the season with a loss at D2 Alabama, but looks to bounce back as the season progresses with current SECHC opponents Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. They will also get a taste of the new teams as the also play Florida State, Clemson, UAH and MTSU.
SECHC Expanding for the 2019-2020 Season!
The SECHC is pleased to announce the expansion of 6 new teams to the SECHC for the start of the 2019-2020 season. With this new expansion, newly appointed commissioner Justin Bradford puts his stamp on the Conference already. "I'm extremely excited about the growth of our league. By adding more teams in the southeast, we are establish our footprint for years to come. The SECHC is adding competitive teams in multiple states and that will only reinforce our place as the most elite college hockey conference in the ACHA."
The five new teams being added to the league are The University of Alabama Huntsville, Clemson University, Florida State University, Kennesaw State University and Middle Tennessee State University. This is the first time the League has expanded since 2010, which brought Auburn onboard.
Meet the SECHC - 2018 Champions - Arkansas Razorbacks
As we kick off the 2018-2019 season, we wanted to introduce you to all of our teams. Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to all 8 SECHC teams and give you a little background on their season last year and look ahead. Arkansas was 25-6-2 overall last year and they didn't slow down once they got to the post season, winning all three of their games in impressive fashion. Last year's championship was the 6th in program history. The Razorbacks road to back to back championships will be tough as they start the 18/19 campaign with almost half of their roster being filled by Freshman. They face a tough test to start the season with games against Vanderbilt to kick of the 18/19 campaign.
SECHC Names Justin Bradford New Commisioner
Justin is the author of "The Making of Smashville." An award-winning reporter, in 2013, he received the Silver Medal in the Best Sports Reporter Category for The Tennessean's Toast of Music City reader's poll. In 2014 & 2015, Justin was voted as the Best Sports Reporter in Nashville. In 2014, PenaltyBoxRadio.com received the silver medal as Best Blog in Nashville. In 2015, the website received the award for Best Sports Blog in Music City. In 2016, the site was awarded 2nd place as Best Blog in Nashville. He has been a featured guest on "NHL Tonight" on NHL Network, "Inside Sports Sunday on WSMV-TV, "All Things Considered" on NPR, "Road to the Cup" on WKRN-TV, "Sportsline" on NewsC hannel 5+, "Predators Playoffs Today" on ESPN 102.5 The Game, TSN 1290 Winnipeg, Sportsnet 590 The Fan - Toronto, TSN 1260 Edmonton, WGR Sports Radio 550 - Buffalo, and featured in The Ringer, Saturday Down South and The Tennessean. Credentialed by the Nashville Predators, the NHL (Stanley Cup Final, Draft, All Star Game), WCHA and CHL.