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2016-2017 DVCHC Teams



DVCHC History


Early 1970s (probably 1971): Brian Schnarr (Bryn Athyn College) and Paul Saylor (West Chester College) co-founds the DVCHC (back then it was called Delaware Collegiate Hockey League). The league consisted of six teams the first season (1971-1972): Bryn Athyn College, LaSalle, St Josephs University, University of Delaware, Villanova, and West Chester. The 1971-1972 season was just a regular series without play-offs (BAC and West Chester finished first with exactly the same record and therefore shared the first championship)

The DVCHC and Women's Hockey History

Women's ice hockey stands as one of the most enthralling, fast-paced, and oldest known games in organized female athletics. The earliest known photograph of women playing hockey dates back to 1890 and includes the daughter of Lord Stanley, of "Stanley Cup" notoriety.

Since those days women have taken to the ice in increasing numbers and at increasing levels of competition: playing on pee-wee teams, high school squads, NCAA D-1 squads (first in '00), the NHL (first in '92), and the Olympics (first in '98).

Yet at the turn of this century, women's ice hockey at the college club level was still largely unsupported. Nearly fifty women's non-varsity teams were in existence, playing in regional leagues or as independents when, in January of 2000, a dramatic step was taken.

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), a league of approximately 150 men's teams across the U.S., announced the creation of the first national organization for women's collegiate non-varsity ice hockey. Fourteen clubs signed up and never looked back.

Following that 2000-2001 season's success, the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference (DVCHC) took notice. Founded in 1971, the DVCHC was (and still is) a well-respected regional hockey league with a tradition of only admitting teams that were members of the ACHA. Organizing the area's ACHA women's teams was a bold but logical next step.

In 2002 the DVCHC's newly formed Women's DII division played its first full season, tournament and an All-Star game.

Penn State (PA), University of Pennsylvania (PA), University of Maryland (MD), American University (DC) and Drexel University (PA) were the founding teams. That year the veteran "Lady Icers" of Penn State went undefeated, wrapping up a win in the playoffs and a trip to ACHA nationals.

Years later the DVCHC Women's DII has changed a bit but continues its tradition of fast-paced, competitive hockey with all eyes on the current seven team roster. Meanwhile the ACHA begins its fourth year of women's hockey with a current registration of 38 teams nationwide.

Together the leagues' partnership represents and promotes the highest level of college sportsmanship, competition, and fun both regionally and nationally, and stands in dedicated service to women's hockey around the world.


Past DVCHC Champions

 

  • 2015 - 2016     Bryn Athyn (National) / John Hopkins (American Central/South)
  • 2014 - 2015     Bryn Athyn (National) / Rutgers-Camden (American)
  • 2013 - 2014     Neumann (National) / Rowan (American)
  • 2012 - 2013     Neumann (National) / Bryn Athyn (American)
  • 2011 - 2012     PSU Brandywine / Rowan (American)
  • 2010 - 2011     West Chester (National)  / Bloomsburg (American)
  • 2009 - 2010     PSU Brandywine
  • 2008 - 2009     Monmouth
  • 2007 - 2008     Lehigh
  • 2006 - 2007     PSU Berks
  • 2005 –2006    PSU Berks
  • 2004 -2005      PSU Berks
  • 2003-2004     PSU Berks
  • 2002-2003     PSU Berks
  • 2002 was the first Year for Division 3 was added in the DVCHC
  • All Teams listed below are Division II
  • 2004 – 2005     Temple
  • 2003 – 2004     Temple
  • 2002 – 2003      Temple
  • 2001 – 2002     Lafayette
  • 2000 – 2001     Lafayette
  • 1999 – 2000     University of Pennsylvania
  • 1998 – 1999     St Joseph’s
  • 1997 – 1998     St Joseph’s
  • 1996 – 1997     Princeton
  • 1995 – 1996     Princeton
  • 1994 – 1995     Millersville
  • 1993 – 1994     Kutztown
  • 1992 – 1993     Millersville
  • 1991 – 1992     Millersville/Franklin & Marshall
  • 1990 – 1991     Franklin & Marshall
  • 1989 – 1990     Temple
  • 1988 – 1989     Franklin & Marshall
  • 1987 – 1988     Drexel
  • 1986 – 1987     Drexel
  • 1985 – 1986     LaSalle
  • 1984 – 1985     Drexel
  • 1983 – 1984     St. Joseph’s
  • 1982 – 1983     LaSalle
  • 1981 – 1982     St Joseph’s
  • 1980 – 1981     St. Joseph’s
  • 1979 – 1980     Lafayette
  • 1978 – 1979     Lafayette
  • 1977 – 1978     Textile
  • 1976 – 1977     Drexel
  • 1975 – 1976     Delaware
  • 1974 – 1975     Delaware
  • 1973 – 1974     West Chester
  • 1972 – 1973     Delaware
  • 1971 – 1972     Bryn Athyn College/West Chester (co-champions)

Game Protocol

2016-2017

DVCHC League Game Protocol

This game protocol is to be used for all DVCHC league games.  Any exceptions to game protocol must be approved by the designated DVCHC Divisional Commissioner.

Ice Time:

DVCHC Member teams will secure a minimum of two and one half hours of ice time for all league games.

Officials:

National Division DVCHC member teams will schedule four on ice officials, two referees and two linesmen.

American Division DVCHC member teams will schedule three on ice officials, one referee and two linesmen.

In the event of a failure for an on ice official to show up, and upon mutual agreement between the teams, a two (or 3 man Natl. Div.) man referee system may be implemented.

Games:

-No team shall enter the ice until the game officials are on the ice.

-Pucks 18 per team shall be supplied by the arena or home team for warm-ups.

-Teams shall enter the ice on a clean ice surface

-7 minute clock timed warm-up plus

-20 minute FIRST period

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-only starting 5 players directly on ice, remaining players to go directly to bench.

-Any needed stretching can take place off ice before gate doors are open.

-20 minute SECOND period

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-only starting 5 players directly on ice, remaining players to go directly to bench.

-Any needed stretching can take place off ice before gate doors are open.

-20 minute THIRD period

-If tied after Regulation teams remain on ice for 2 minute timed rest period

-followed by 5 minute (4 on 4) sudden death overtime*

-Teams will not switch ends of the ice for overtime period

Off ice

-Home team or Arena shall supply clock operators and scorekeeper as needed.

-Home team or Arena can opt for arena music between periods or between whistles for fans

-Home team or Arena can remove any fans behaving in an inappropriate manner

DVCHC Overtime Protocol (4 on 4):

During regular season games, if at the end of the three (3) regular twenty (20) minute periods, the score shall be tied, the teams will then play an additional overtime period of five (5) minutes with the team scoring first declared the winner. The overtime period shall be played with each team at a numerical strength of four (4) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper.   No time outs will be permitted during the OT

(NOTE 1) The overtime period will be commenced immediately following a two (2) minute rest period during which the players will remain on the ice. The teams will not change ends for the overtime period.

(NOTE 2) When regulation time ends and the teams are 5 on 3, teams will start overtime 5 on 3. Once player strength reaches 5 on 4 or 5 on 5, at the next stoppage of play, player strength is adjusted to 4 on 3 or 4 on 4, as appropriate.

(NOTE 3) When regulation ends and teams are 4 on 4 teams will start overtime 3 on 3.

(NOTE 4) At no time will a team have less than three players on the ice. This may require a fifth skater to be added if a two-man advantage occurs. Once player strength reaches 5 on 4 or 5 on 5, at the next stoppage of play, player strength is adjusted to 4 on 3 or 4 on 4, as appropriate.

DVCHC Shootout Protocol:

  1. At the end of the five-minute overtime period, the head official will instruct the timekeeper to put two minutes on the clock and immediately start the clock.
  2. The other two officials will request a list of three shooters from each coach.
  3. The head official will meet at center ice with the captains to explain the protocol during the two-minute period.
  4. The goalkeepers remain in the same ends as the overtime period.
  5. The home team has the option of shooting first or defending first. If Team A’s first two players score, while none of Team B’s players score, the shootout is over and Team A wins the shootout.
  6. If the shootout remains tied at the end of this round, each coach will select a different shooter, this time in a sudden death situation. The first three shooters are ineligible until all other bench players have attempted a shot, if necessary. Each team will have an equal number of chances to shoot before a winner is declared.

Notes

• Players serving penalty time shall not be eligible for the shootout.

• If a goalkeeper is injured in the shootout, the goalkeeper may be immediately replaced by a goalkeeper off the bench. The injured goalkeeper may not reenter the shootout.

• All players not participating in the shootout must be on the bench.

• Goalkeepers may be substituted, but no warm-up time will be allowed.

Exceptions:

Ice Time Restrictions:

In the event that there is a lack of ice time due to injury or as a result of travel conditions for the away team, upon mutual agreement of the teams, playing periods may be reduced to no less than 17 minutes.  If such ice time restrictions impact the ability to play an overtime or shoot out, a tie will be recorded based on the score at the end of regulation play.

Mercy Rule:

Any game in which there is ten goal differential (or more):

A running clock may be instituted by mutual agreement of the teams at anytime after the ten goal differential occurs and as long as a minimum ten goal differential remains in place or;

The game may be called by mutual agreement of the teams at anytime after the ten goal differential occurs and as long as a minimum ten goal differential remains in place.

DVCHC Awards Protocol

  1. Most Valuable Player
    1. Every Coach must recommend a player from the league that they would like to be considered as League MVP (own team player or other team player)
    2. A brief description of why the individual should be considered should be attached to the nomination
    3. Only statistics posted on the DVCHC website will be considered during the selection process
  2. Offensive Player of the Year - High Scorer (according to league stats from the DVCHC website only)
  3. Outstanding Defenseman
    1. Coaches must recommend a defensive player from the league that they would like to be considered as Outstanding defensemen (own team player or other team player)
    2. A brief description of why the individual should be considered should be attached to the nomination
    3. Only statistics posted on the DVCHC website will be considered during the selection process
  4. Outstanding Goalie – Coaches will recommend a goalie from their own division.
    1. Minimum 10 games (600 minutes) played
  5. Finbarr O’Connor Sportsmanship Award
    1. Every Coach must recommend a player from the league that they would like to be considered as the Finbarr O Connor Award Winner (own team player or other team player).  This award is presented to the individual that represents the league, his/her team, their school and themselves meeting the following criteria:
    2. The player shows respect for the opponent at all times.

    3. The player shows respect for the officials at all times.

    4. The player shows respect for the coaches at all times.

    5. The player shows respect for his/her teammates at all times.

    6. The player knows, understands, and appreciates the rules of the game.

    7. The player maintains self-control at all times.

    8. The player displays perseverance in spite of difficulty.

    9. A description of why the individual should be considered should be attached to the nomination

  1. Coach of the Year
    1. Nominees for Coach of the Year can be sent in by and teams Coach or Team Rep.
    2. The Awards Committee will select the Coach of the Year from those names submitted or from the list of any league coaches meeting the criteria below.
    3. The following criteria will be considered/used as a guideline in making their decision:
      1. Has coached a minimum of 2 consecutive years in the DVCHC

      2. How has the coach contributed to the overall organization, promotion and development of hockey in the DVCHC?

      3. In what way(s) has the coach been effective in assisting the athletes achieve their personal goals in hockey?

      4. What is the conduct of the coach? Is the coach a positive role model for the athletes and for other coaches and parents?

      5. Does the coach provide stable and consistent leadership qualities?

      6. Does the coach teach and practice co-operation, self-discipline and respect?