The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) was founded in 1991 and is the national association for Non-NCAA Collegiate Hockey throughout the United States.
Our organization of more than 461 colleges and university-affiliated teams representing 48 states and 2 Canadian provinces provides a structure, regulates operations, and promotes the sport of Hockey nationwide.
With approximately 13,000 players and coaches as well as countless volunteers and game officials, the ACHA has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade and continues to be a viable option for college bound student-athletes to continue playing competitive hockey nationwide.
The primary mission of the ACHA is to support the growth of Collegiate Hockey while emphasizing academic performance, personal development and opportunities for regional, national and international competition.
The ACHA was established on April 20, 1991, as a non-varsity option for college students to be able to play hockey at the collegiate level.
The Charter Members had existed prior as club programs but by starting this association, it allowed for standardization of procedures as well as raise the level of play and organization of club hockey at the college level. During the last three decades, the ACHA has seen explosive growth to over 450 teams, spread across three men's divisions and two women's divisions.