The Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) has admitted Indiana Tech (D1) and Rochester College as full-time members beginning with the 2015-2016 season. This brings the total number of teams in the GLCHL to nine.
“We are obviously very happy that we’ve been accepted into the GLCHL for the 2015-2016 season,” said Indiana Tech head coach Frank DiCristofaro.
“The vision for this program started with Dr. Arthur Snyder and he’s provided the structure and framework along with Dr. Daniel Stoker and our Athletic Director Martin Neuhoff to allow the program to build and be successful.”
Of the current seven GLCHL members, Tech has played all but two- including a win against Western Michigan Saturday in the Great Lakes Invitational. The league could be the most competitive of any at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) D 1-level. Six of the seven have either received votes or been nationally-ranked this season.
The list includes six Michigan teams; Adrian College, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, , University of Michigan-Dearborn, Oakland University, and Western Michigan University, and one from Ohio; Kent State University.
“Since our first season is a probationary year, one of our main goals was to attain conference affiliation by the end of the year, which we’ve now done. The GLCHL is a quality league which includes powerhouses like Adrian, Davenport, and Oakland. These are teams that compete for national championships year-in and year-out,” added DiCristofaro.
“When you’re talking recruiting, we are looking at bringing in players who want to compete night-in and night-out. I think that being a part of this league sends a message that we are serious about our commitment to building this program and moving forward.”
The GLCHL, now in its fifth season of operation, was founded in 2010.
For further information about the GLCHL, visit glchl.com.