Susquehanna University Ice Hockey Joins Great Northeast Conference
Published on April 14, 2011
SELINSGROVE—The Susquehanna University club ice hockey team has been accepted into the Great Northeast Collegiate Hockey Conference (GNCHC), starting in the 2011–12 season.
The GNCHC is an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II league with three divisions of five teams each, including Princeton University, Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania. Susquehanna will compete in the western division along with Bucknell University, Kutztown University, Millersville University and newly admitted Gettysburg College.
The team will play an 18-game schedule, facing each team in its division twice—home and away—and the other 10 teams once, with those contests equally divided between home and away games. The top two teams from each division and two wildcard teams will earn playoff berths.
The Susquehanna team had been competing in the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Collegiate Hockey League (MICHL), a Division III club hockey league based in Whitehall, Pa. Under Head Coach Drew Wright and adviser Michael Eyer, network service technician in Susquehanna’s Office of Information Technology, SU’s coed team consists of 24 members—23 men and one woman. Frank Bruskey, a junior biology major from Newington, Conn., serves as captain with assistant captains Max Foner, a junior economics major from Bryn Mawr, and Geoff Wilson, a junior political science and economics major from Sellersville.
“Competing at this level will provide greater opportunity to participate in future all-star and/or regional tournaments at both the individual and team levels,” said Wright. “We have been very fortunate over the last few years in that some very talented players ended up at SU. We hope to continue attracting students that are both good students and good hockey players. While I fully expect our first year or two at the D2 level to be very challenging, I believe that it will only serve to make the hockey club at SU much stronger.”
“As a team we could not be more excited about this new opportunity to show the school and the new division what we've got,” said Bruskey. “Coming out of a very successful past season, we hope to keep our momentum going strong, and to increase our strength in both talent and numbers. We are really looking forward to next season, and I could not be any more proud of our team and our accomplishments.”
Karen M. Jones