The ACHA is proud to announce the 2019-2020 ACHA Men’s Division 3 First and Second Team All American Teams. These players were selected from the four All Region teams, which were announced last week. Congratulations to all those selected on their amazing seasons!
First Team All American Team
Forward- Cameron Smith, George Mason University
Forward-Mike Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Forward- Aaron Maas, University of Michigan
Defense- Nick Grose, George Mason University
Defense- Cameron McAtee, University of Arkansas
Goalie- Michael Cullen, Dartmouth College
Second Team All American Team
Forward- Joe Zelenka, Michigan State University
Forward- Andrew Dunn, Columbia University
Forward- Kyle Horvath, Florida Gulf Coast University
Defense- Adam Goodes, Michigan State University
Defense-Brennan Martin, Central Michigan University
Goalie- Sam Coleman, University of South Florida
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TROY, MI (February 20, 2020) – The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) has today released the Final Ranking of the 2019-20 season for Men’s Division 3, which details the Top 15 eligible teams from each of M3’s North, South, Atlantic and Pacific regions as of February 16, 2020.
From this ranking, ACHA Men’s Division 3 announces the 40 teams that will compete for the chance to be ACHA Men’s Division 3 National Champions held in Frisco, Texas.
Division 3 uses the following format for ACHA post-season play:
The top two seeds in each M3 Region will receive an automatic bid to the five day, 16 team National Tournament in Frisco, Texas.
The remaining 32 teams, eight from each region, will participate in one of four Regional tournaments held during in late February/early March. These Regional tournaments are two day, single elimination events that result in eight additional teams (two from each region) joining the automatic bid teams for the opportunity to compete for the ACHA M3 National Championship in Texas.
University of Arkansas
Air Force Academy United States
University of Kansas
University of Nebraska
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Missouri State University
Colorado School of Mines
University of Missouri
Colorado Mesa University
University of New Mexico
Northern Illinois University
Washington University in STL
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Happy Hockey Season ACHA Members! This is the ACHA’s 29th season and we enter 2019-20 with a membership of over 450 teams! As I humbly enter my second year in this role, I am more excited than ever to work with our staff and membership to continue to enhance our student-athletes experience as well as assessing what is working well and what we can do to improve. I feel that the talent level of the ACHA is as good as it’s ever been. We are seeing growth at the youth and amateur levels which is developing more and more better players than a decade ago. Since NCAA Division I hockey has been pretty stagnant over that time period with the exception of Penn State and Arizona State (hopefully Illinois soon!), the ACHA has been benefiting from the abundance of talent coming out of 18U, Prep/High School and Junior hockey levels. This was evident last spring with the skill level of all 5 ACHA Divisions on the ice at our National Tournament. I also believe our talent level is as good as ever because our coaches are so committed to their teams and player development. Combine all of this with our growth in traditional and non- traditional hockey markets, and it’s no wonder why the ACHA has become such a great option for prospects to consider! I look forward to sharing some behind the scenes news, updates and reminders in these newsletters throughout the season. I appreciate your time and more importantly, all of your efforts and commitment to your players and the ACHA. See you in the rinks! ~ Craig Barnett
M2 SELECT TEAM FINISHES STUDENT HOCKEY CHALLENGE STRONG
The M2 Select Team traveled to Barnaul, Russia in October to represent the USA in the Student Hockey Challenge. The 22-member squad selected by an appointed Coaching staff consisting of Head Coach Fred Carpenito (Northeastern University), and Assistant Coaches Sean Levin (Rider University) and Tyler Kangas (University of Cincinnati) represented 14 ACHA member schools.All 3 games were close affairs as the team finished with 1-2 record including a 3-2 loss in regulation vs. host team Dynamo-Altai (sell -out crowd of 6,000 plus. In their second game, ACHA lost 4-3 in overtime vs. UK Praha and in the final game, ACHA beat PGAFKSIT in a shootout following a 4-4 tie at end of regulation
HOCKEY OPERATION UPDATES
REGISTRATION – As of late October, Hockey Operations has processed over 420 teams through the new Registration portal. Mo Stroemel (Director of Hockey Operations) has sent out several e-mails regarding the process which is also included in the User Guide on the ACHA website –
COACHES ITEMS – As a follow up for those teams that have submitted their rosters through the USAH/ACHA portal and it has not been uploaded, the most likely reason is that you do not have an approved coach list ed on the roster. Part of the process for the ACHA to be 100% compliant with the new Safe Sport Law, Coaches are n o longer put through the system until their Background screenings, Safe Sport Training and CEP Levels have been verified on the front end of the portal. (Coaches that do not have a CEP level have been granted a one-time only Level 1 by USAH). If your roster has a t least one certified coach listed, your roster should be uploaded to Pointstreak without any problems. www.achahockey.
GAME REPORTING REMINDER – Please do NOT enter any scoresheets if both teams’ rosters have not been properly uploaded into Pointstreak. If a team is showing a roster without a coach, it has NOT been properly uploaded. If you score a game that has a team that was not properly uploaded, the game will be deleted, and you will have to re-do it from entering the game in the schedule once the team’s roster is uploaded. Thank you for your cooperation.
TEAM ROSTER SUBMISSIONS – Deadline for submissions with an approved coach is OCTOBER 31. QUESTIONS??? – Please direct all questions to your respective Divisional Commissioners (contact info on ACHA website).
2020 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Preparation is well under way for the 2020 National Tournament returning to the Dallas area on March 19-29, 2020. Meetings with our hosts’ Dallas Stars and City of Frisco are on- going with a site visit scheduled in November. We are working with other prospective partners including a couple of Dallas area universities and their Sports Management programs to develop internship opportunities. We are also working with USA Hockey as their 2020 National High School Championships are taken place in the Dallas area late March. It is our goal to host ACHA educational seminars in Frisco for those prospective student-athletes and families to attend while taken in some of our playoff action during their championship event.
2020 M2 & M3 REGIONAL TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
West: Feb. 27 – 29, Boise, ID
Central: Feb. 28 – March 1, Allendale, MI
North East: Feb. 28 – March 1, Keene, NH
South East: Feb. 28 – March 1, Lawrenceville, NJ
North: March 6 – 7, Grand Rapids, MI
Pacific: March 6 – 7, Milwaukee, WI
South: March 7 – 8, Wesley Chapel, FL
Atlantic: March 7 – 8, TBD
MARKETING THE ACHA TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETES
Presenting to prospective student-athletes and their families on the Ladder of Development and the many paths to college hockey is always a welcomed opportunity for the ACHA. As the ACHA membership continues to grow in both traditional and non-traditional college hockey markets, there are a lot of opportunities to educate future college players on the benefits of the ACHA and the “Who, What and Where” we are.Over the past two months, ACHA Executive Director Craig Barnett presented to all 26 NAHL junior teams at their September showcase, High School players from all over Illinois at the AHAI College fair, and over 87 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U Tier I and II teams at the NAPHL showcase event in Blaine, MN
The first rankings for the 2019-2020 ACHA Division 3 season have been released.
UWM currently comes in with a 10-4-0-1 record and sit at #8 in the Pacific Region. UWM will look to climb the rankings as the season continues as they take on #4 Northwestern November 15th and 16th at the Robert Crown Center in Illinois.
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The Ponds of Brookfield, an ice rink at 2810 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, has upped its cool factor with the installation of 3D art murals.
The installation of five anamorphic art murals, by world-renowned street artist Leon Keer, includes depictions of a rocket ship, superhero costumes, a giant trophy and more.
The murals are intentionally painted with distortion to give a multidimensional effect. And, soon, the murals will feature augmented reality for interactive opportunities.
The rink has more of a hockey slant, despite its other uses, said Timothy Fox, owner and founder of Zamboni’s – Rotisserie Grilled Chicken & Pork, and Rob Perry, owner of The Ponds of Brookfield.
“It is limiting, but the facility can do so much more,” Fox said.
Fox and Perry decided to add the artwork to all the walls around the rink, which are huge canvases for an artist. They put out a call for artists and explained they wanted to bring more social cause, charity and educational events to the facility. Out of the blue emerged Keer, a Dutch artist known for his anamorphic street art.
“Leon has always ranked in the top 10 3D artists world wide. We were shocked,” Fox said.
Scheduling was difficult since Keer and his team were supposed to be in Australia. But they got to work in Brookfield in the last two weeks of August.
“I’m shocked and amazed at the work they got done in 11 days,” Fox said.
Keer and his team created five anamorphic art murals.
Fox said the images are even better close up as opposed to seeing it online.
“This type of art is meant to look one way in person and look a different way on the phone,” he said.
Fox said this type of art was what the rink wanted to accomplish. The hope is for visitors to take pictures or selfies next to the artwork.
Fox said there are plans to add more artwork in the future. There are still walls available.
Fox said they are open to hearing from any artist, whether local or from far away.
“It is an open environment. If anyone wanted to come in and propose something, we would be interested,” he said.
The public will have an opportunity to see the new artwork during an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at The Ponds of Brookfield, 2810 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. The event is free and everyone is free to drop in and see the murals. Also offered are youth, special needs and college hockey games/exhibitions and free “Try Hockey,” EYHA Eagle Fest. There will also be a hockey equipment donation/exchange and Zamboni’s Rotisserie Grill food and a chili cook-off.