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SECHC REBRANDS AS COLLEGE HOCKEY SOUTH (CHS)
February 11, 2022 (Atlanta, GA): South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference Commissioner Matt Loughran announced today that the intercollegiate ice hockey conference's membership has agreed to rename and rebrand as College Hockey South (CHS), effective immediately.
"The Leadership Group and our membership realized that a rebrand was needed to fully embrace all of our member teams," said Loughran. "This will help to provide a more positive collegiate hockey atmosphere that includes all 16 members throughout our six-state footprint."
The SECHC formally debutred in 2008 with seven member institutions with varsity teams in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference. The new conference name has its roots in the late 1990s, when several southeastern collegiate teams played as members of the then-named CHS.
Since those early days, the conference has experienced enormous grown and now consists of 16 teams: Auburn University, Clemson University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, Lynn University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University.
The College hockey South Championship Tournament will be held March 4-6, when the top eight teams meet in Huntsville, AL at the recently-renovated Huntsville Ice Sports Center. The top four CHS teams will advance to the Collegiate Hockey Federation (CHF) National Championship, March 18-23 in West Chester, PA. The CHF serves as the national governing body of seven non-varsity intercollegiate hockey leagues, including College Hockey South.
Matt Loughran Receives Macon Veterans Cup Trophy
SECHC commissioner Matt Loughran receives the Macon Veterans Cup championship trophy on behalf of the Auburn Tigers Hockey Club. Commissioner Emeritus Sarge Day received the tournament’s MVP award on behalf of Auburn’s #16, Blake Robinson. (Auburn returned to campus after their early game on Saturday) Congratulations to Coach Marcel Richard, the Auburn Tigers and MVP Blake Robinson.
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE HUNTSVILLE SPORTS COMMISSION, THE SECHC, AND
THE HUNTSVILLE ICE SPORTS CENTER
The South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC) www.SECHC.net is excited to announce that the 2022 SECHC Playoffs are returning to the Hockey Capital of the South in Huntsville, AL. The 3-day event will consist of 10-games and will take place at the newly renovated Huntsville Ice Sports Center on March 4-6, 2022. The Huntsville Sports Commission, the Huntsville Ice Sports Center and the SECHC will partner to bring exciting collegiate hockey playoff action to the Rocket City. Huntsville City Officials allocated capital improvement funding of 2-million dollars for new larger locker rooms and multi-purpose rooms that were added to the east side of the facility in 2019 along with an additional 11-million dollars allocated for renovations to the existing facility which were completed in January 2021.
The SECHC footprint consists of collegiate hockey teams located in six (6) southeast states: Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
The 2021-22 teams of the SECHC are:
The University of Alabama, Auburn University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Clemson University, the University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Georgia Tech, Florida State University, the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, Ole Miss, Lynn University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University.
The top eight (8) teams based on regular season play will advance to the SECHC Playoffs.
The SECHC will announce the names of the eight (8) teams advancing to the Huntsville, AL
playoffs on February 20th, 2022.
This important collegiate hockey tournament will play a major role in determining the
conference’s top four (4) teams advancing to Nationals. (The national governing body of the
SECHC is the Collegiate Hockey Federation (CHF) www.CHFhockey.net) The CHF Nationals are
known as The Fed Cup and will take place at West Chester, PA 18-23 March 2022.
News Release from the SECHC & Collegiate Hockey Federation
Matt Loughran: Former NHL Executive, ECHL Executive of the Year, Survivor of Stage-3 Esophageal Cancer Named as Commissioner of the SECHC
The South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference is proud to announce that Matt Loughran has agreed to serve as acting commissioner of the SECHC after former commissioner Justin Bradford stepped down earlier this season due to a time consuming change in employment. We wish nothing but the best for Justin and thank him for his dedicated service to the SECHC.
“We are so excited and grateful to have Matt’s leadership, knowledge, experience and calm demeanor as the leader of the SECHC,” said SECHC commissioner emeritus Sarge Day. “Matt is well known and beloved nationwide by the hockey community and will make an immediate impact on our organization.”
“I am thrilled to have my friend Matt Loughran on board with the SECHC,” said CHF commissioner Jay Peacock. “Matt’s hockey organizational knowledge and reputation is second to none. The always impressive SECHC just got better.”
Matt Loughran has served in several leadership roles in the professional hockey industry during his career of nearly forty years, highlighted by eleven seasons spent as Director of Team Operations for the New York Rangers. Loughran’s experience with the Rangers and, prior to that, the National Hockey League’s New York office led to opportunities to build and oversee expansion franchises in both the WCHL and ECHL. In 1997, as the first general manager of the WCHL’s expansion Idaho Steelheads (now an ECHL team), he laid the foundation for what remains one of today’s most successful minor pro hockey clubs. Later, his efforts in helping to establish the expansion Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies earned him the ECHL’s Executive of the Year award in 2003. The Bullies went on to win the 2004 Kelly Cup. Additionally, he has served as the director of hockey administration on Mike Keenan’s hockey operations staff with the Florida Panthers in addition to rebranding two additional minor league clubs - the UHL’s Adirondack Frostbite and the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. Most recently, he served as the head coach of the Clemson University Men’s Hockey Club for four years.
Well respected by fellow executives and players alike, Loughran received his greatest honor when his name was engraved on the Stanley Cup as the 1993-94 New York Rangers director of team operations. Originally from Ridgewood, NJ, Loughran attended both Fordham University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he played on the club hockey team in the early 1980’s. He currently resides in Lilburn, GA with his wife Elizabeth and their children ClaraRose and Oliver.
**The SECHC is a 501C not for profit organization.