Union Lake, Mich. – Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) Commissioner Brian Moran announced Tuesday that the application for membership from Maryville University has been formally approved by its existing members beginning with the 2022-2023 season.
The Saints, currently 7-4-1 and ranked No. 13 in American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division I, will cede its conference membership with Midwest College Hockey (MCH) at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season.
“We are thrilled and honored to join the Central State Collegiate Hockey League,” noted Head Coach John Hogan. “I want to thank all the CSCHL members for their acceptance and support. A rising tide lifts all boats, so playing top 25 opponents every weekend will provide exponential growth in our mission in establishing ourselves as a top team in the ACHA. As we depart from the Midwest College Hockey (MCH) conference, I would be remiss to not thank the MCH teams and commissioner Chris Perry. The MCH provided Maryville the opportunity to jump to Men’s Division I earlier then some maybe thought we should, and for that, we are forever grateful. We look forward to competing for a MCH regular season and conference championship this spring and joining the CSCHL next fall.”
In 2018-2019, Maryville started its program playing in Men’s Division II before moving to Men’s Division I. The Saints were charter members of the MCH along with Illinois State University, Lindenwood University-Belleville, McKendree University, Midland University, Northern Illinois University, and Waldorf University. Maryville University has a cumulative record of 34 wins, 31 losses, and 4 ties since moving to Men’s Division I in the 2019-2020 season.
Prior to becoming the head coach at Maryville University, Hogan was an assistant coach under Chad Berman with the University of Arizona, where Hogan played three years collegiately.
The current members of the CSCHL include University of Illinois, Iowa State University, Lindenwood University, Ohio University, and Roosevelt University.