The DVCHC is fast approaching its 50th Anniversary representing member teams from the Mid Atlantic and North East Regions. The purpose and goals of this league are to provide for organized, safe, competitive, and affordable collegiate hockey experience for non-scholarship student-athletes, among colleges, universities, and community colleges in the Delaware Valley and surrounding areas. In the early 1970s (probably 1971): Brian Schnarr (Bryn Athyn College), Finbarr O’Connor (St Joseph’s University) and Paul Saylor (West Chester College) co-founded the DVCHC (called Delaware Collegiate Hockey League in 1971). The league consisted of six teams the first season (1971-1972): Bryn Athyn College, LaSalle, St Joseph’s University, University of Delaware, Villanova, and West Chester all played at the DII level. 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) in its inaugural season. In the past 49 years, the DVCHL had many changes in the geographic coverage area, team changes, levels of play, Divisional Breakdowns, and built a Women’s Division. In early 1979’s the DVCHL became the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference (DVCHC), and changed again most recently in 2019 to the Delaware Valley College Hockey Conference (DVCHC). Enrollment at the schools and universities determined which divisional level each team would be placed in (DI, DII, or DIII). In 2002 the DVCHC added Women’s hockey to the league as well as a Men’s Division III level as the number of schools/universities increased. The DVCHC Men’s Conference currently offers teams four divisional levels of play based upon team size and goals: Division II, Division III (National, American, and Patriot divisions). The DVCHC Women’s Conferences offer Division I, Division II (North and South). The DVCHC Men’s divisions had previously played in the acha until the membership voted to move to the newly created Collegiate Hockey Federation in 2019.
A list of League champions is listed below: