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Message from the New SECHC Commissioner

First of all I want to say “Thank you” all for welcoming me as your new commissioner for the SECHC. Like I mentioned in our meeting, I am a total supporter of the ACHA and what it has to offer to high school aged hockey players. The goal is to get as many high school aged players, not only in the south, to start thinking about their future as it relates to hockey but more importantly their education. We have to push the message across to these high school students, that the schools of the SECHC can give you what you are looking for in terms of competitive hockey as well as a first class education. This is why pairing SECHC playoff weekend with the U18 showcase is so important, as it starts the ball rolling in these young players mind on where they can go to continue to play hockey after they graduate.

It was such a wonderful weekend of college hockey and watching the U18. I was excited to be part of it. There is some very good talent that is coming up that we need to tap into to and educate about the SECHC ,our schools and the educational programs they offer to help make our conference even more competitive. I’m excited on how we can make the experience a more enjoyable one for everyone involved.

Thank you to Justin Bradford and Penalty Box Radio. The experience you and your staff were able to provide to our players and fans was amazing and the SECHC is excited to have you on board with us as we continue to build the brand of college hockey in the south. I know you are just as excited, and the future looks very promising.

To Danny Butler and the staff of the Ford Ice Center, thank you so much for your professionalism and hospitality. The SECHC is excited to have this partnership with the Ford Ice Center for the next few years and we are looking forward to coming up with ideas together on how to make this weekend’s event bigger and better.

To the officials, thank you for your personal time and the professional service that you provided on the ice. Things can get interesting when you pair players from rival schools competing against each other, and you guys did a great job keeping everyone emotions in tact. The SECHC looks forward to working with you in the future.

Next, Congratulations to the University of Georgia Ice Dawgs for winning the 2015-16 SECHC Championship. Your program really showed how to overcome adversity and learning that by sticking together as a team, you can achieve more. Real proud of you young men. What you guys had to endure last year was not easy and the obstacles it presented, but the team stuck together and got support they needed and the work really showed on the ice. Real excited for the future of UGA hockey…Again Congratulations.

To the teams that will qualify for the regionals…Good Luck in the tournament and make the SECHC PROUD!!!!

To Durrigan and Angelo, I look forward to your support and feedback as we continuously move the SECHC in the right direction.

Finally, to Sarge….we go back a long time and it is a privilege to follow in your footsteps. You have started something really good in the SECHC and the proof is in the pudding. You were always about the players I look forward to building onto your success. Enjoy the time off, for I know we will see you in a rink sometime soon.

Thank you all and lets think about how to make the 2016-17 the best for the SECHC.

Brian McSparron, Commissioner
SEC Hockey Conference

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2015-16 SECHC Champions: University of Georgia & Farewell

Congratulations to the Georgia Ice Dogs in winning their first SECHC Championship after a solid 7-4 victory over the Florida Gators. Also, sincere congratulations and best wishes to the Gators after suffering the loss of teammate Chance Wolf after a tragic on campus accident leading to his death at such an early age. I know it was difficult for Florida Hockey to make the trip to the Playoffs with heavy hearts, sad emotions, etc. I am very proud of every player, coach, parent and all the fans and supporters of Florida Gator Hockey who held everything together and continue to help the team to deal with this tragedy.

The University of Georgia clearly were the best team during the SECHC Playoffs and I want to congratulate them for such an outstanding season and for winning the Army Strong Championship Cup. I am especially happy for good friend and longtime Ice Dog assistant coach Steve Beneke who was able to proudly hold the Championship Cup high over his head during the on-ice celebration. Steve, your hard work and dedication to Georgia Hockey is well known and appreciated by all! Congratulations to all the players, coaches, parents and fans of Ice Dog hockey. Get prepared for the South Regionals because you definitely will be invited by the ACHA!

Finally, thanks to all for a wonderful 7-years I just experienced as your commissioner. Together, we have taken this hockey conference to another level with national recognition and prominence. Our teams consistently qualify for Regionals and Nationals and I am confident this will happen once again when the final ACHA South Region Rankings are released later this week. I leave you in good hands with dear friend Brian McSparron stepping up to take the leadership role as your new SECHC Commissioner. Brian and I coached Georgia Tech Hockey together for 10-years, he is truly outstanding and I know he is going to do great things for you and for hockey in the south. Best wishes to all, please make it a point to stay in touch with me. You will see me at the 2017 SECHC Playoffs.

So, this isn’t farewell but rather “see you at a rink soon.” Stay safe, stick together and always convey and live the core values of our hockey conference: LOYALTY-DUTY-RESPECT-SELFLESS SERVICE-HONOR-INTEGRITY and PERSONAL COURAGE. And remember…”You Can’t Step out of Bounds in Hockey!”

Respectfully,

Kenny “Sarge” Day

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2015-16 All SECHC Team

The SECHC is proud to announce the 2015-16 All SECHC Team. These student athletes, elected to the All SECHC Team by SECHC coaches will be recognized at the Ford Ice Center on 6 Feb 2016 during our annual awards presentation. The regular season MVP and Coach of the Year will be announced during our awards presentation. The players listed below need to be upstairs at the Ford Ice Center on Saturday morning at 9:45 AM for the award’s presentation. Coaches/parents are also invited to attend. The ACHA Executive Director, Mike Walley will assist in the awards presentation.

Congratulations to all!

First Team ALL SECHC:
Ross Miller – Arkansas – Forward
John Longman – Vanderbilt – Forward
Forest Mudgett – Arkansas – Forward
Andrew Inches – Auburn – Defense
Jacob Chamber – Arkansas – Defense
Ryan Kellenberger – Vanderbilt – Goalie

2nd Team ALL SECHC:
Christopher Santa Maria – Georgia – Forward
Alex Carey – Georgia – Forward
Brennan Benson – Forward – LSU
Hutton Kalik – Arkansas – Defense
Kevin Masaro – Florida – Defense
Renaud Gaboury – Arkansas – Goalie

3rd Team ALL SECHC:
Brock Rafaelle – Vanderbilt – Forward
Zane Katz – Florida – Forward
Ryan Bray – Georgia – Forward
Dixon Babb – Georgia – Defense
Kyle Ware – South Carolina – Defense
Andrew Bray – Georgia – Goalie

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2015-16 ACHA Third Rankings Posted

The ACHA has released the 3rd rankings for Division 3. In the Pacific Region, the first year Arkansas D3 team continues to impress everyone with a solid 7th Place position and in the hunt to move up a few notches when the final rankings are posted on February 12th.

In the South Region, where the remaining nine SECHC teams are ranked, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina are in the top-11. The Final ACHA D3 rankings will be posted on February 12th and the top 10 teams will qualify for post-season play. The SECHC Playoffs will have a major impact on the final rankings due to all 10-games counting towards the Final Rankings vote that will be conducted upon the conclusion of our 5-7 February, 2016 Playoffs. Stay tuned, this is going to be interesting! The SECHC will release the Final Coach’s Poll the week of 25-29 January 2016 to determine the top-8 teams qualifying for the SECHC Playoffs.

ACHA D3 South Region 3rd Ranking:
1Florida Gulf Coast
2Tampa
3Central Florida
4South Florida
5Vanderbilt
6Kennesaw State
7Christopher Newport
8UNC - Wilmington
9Georgia
10Florida
11South Carolina
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FINAL STRETCH!

We are in the final stretch of the 2015-16 SECHC season as the boys have returned from Christmas Break and play resumes throughout the conference. Our Final Coach’s Poll will be conducted after all games have been played on January 23rd and the results will be announced on/about January 27th. The Top 8 teams as voted by our coaches will move on to the always exciting SECHC Playoffs to be held this year (5-7 Feb, 2016) at the beautiful Ford Ice Center, Antioch, Tennessee.

The Opening Rounds of games begin on Friday, Feb 5th with the following match-ups: #1 vs. #8, #2 vs. #7, #3 vs. #6 and #4 vs. #5. On Saturday, 6-Feb, we have our 7th place game and 5th place game between the four teams that lost on opening night, followed by our two semifinals games between the four winning teams from opening night. On Sunday, 7-Feb, the two losing teams from the semifinals will face-off for the 3rd Place Trophy followed by the SECHC Championship Game.

We have once again partnered with SAHA and SYTHL to conduct another exciting U18 / Future Collegiate Showcase of the top 70 U18 players from the SE USA. The SECHC Playoffs are sponsored this year by the Ford Ice Center, The Nashville Predators and Vanderbilt Hockey. Please put 5-7 Feb 2016 on your calendars and head over to the Ford Ice Center to witness some exciting college hockey and the U18 Showcase and remember…”You Can’t Step Out of Bounds in Hockey!”

Sarge Day
Commissioner (SECHC) 7th Season
SEC Hockey Conference
www.SECHChockey.com

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SECHC 3rd Coach’s Poll

Here are the results of our 3rd Poll.  Below are the total raw votes from each team before sorting.  Voting members will find your vote in one of the 11 columns below:


ARKANSAS


1


1


2


1


2


1


1


1


1


1


2


14


8


AUBURN


5


5


7


8


8


7


6


5


6


6


5


68





FLORIDA


4


4


3


4


3


4


5


4


5


4


4


44





GEORGIA


2


3


4


3


4


3


3


3


3


3


3


34





LSU


8


10


10


9


10


9


9


9


10


10


10


104





MISSISSIPPI


7


7


6


6


6


6


7


7


7


7


7


73





MISSISSIPPI STATE


9


9


9


10


9


10


8


8


8


9


9


98





SOUTH CAROLINA


6


6


5


5


5


5


4


6


4


5


6


57





TENNESSEE


10


8


8


7


7


8


10


10


9


8


8


93





VANDERBILT


3


2


1


2


1


2


2


2


2


2


1


20


3

Next, I remove the lowest score and highest score from each team to help eliminate “gaming” –


ARKANSAS





1





1


2


1


1


1


1


1


2


11


8


VANDERBILT





2





2


1


2


2


2


2


2


1


16


3


GEORGIA





3





3


4


3


3


3


3


3


3


28





FLORIDA


4


4





4


3


4





4


5


4


4


36





SOUTH CAROLINA





6


5


5


5


5





6


4


5


6


47





AUBURN





5


7





8


7


6


5


6


6


5


55





MISSISSIPPI





7





6


6


6


7


7


7


7


7


60





TENNESSEE





8


8





7


8


10


10


9


8


8


76





MISSISSIPPI STATE


9


9


9





9


10





8


8


9


9


80





LSU








10


9


10


9


9


9


10


10


10


86




After removing the highest/lowest score, the following are the results of the 3rd Coach’s Poll:

The all-important 8th place position is wide open.  I will send out the Final Poll instructions after all games played next month on January 24th.

We will have a teleconference early next month when everyone returns from the Holidays. I will finalize the game times tomorrow with the Ford Ice Center for our Playoffs and will send out the schedule ASAP.

All the best,
~Sarge


3rd Poll

 


SECHC Teams


Points


# 1 Votes


1


ARKANSAS


11


8


2


VANDERBILT


16


3


3


GEORGIA


28





4


FLORIDA


36





5


SOUTH CAROLINA


47





6


AUBURN


55





7


MISSISSIPPI


60





8


TENNESSEE


76





9


MISSISSIPPI STATE


80





10


LSU


86




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2nd SECHC Rankings

Arkansas retains Top Spot:

The 2nd SECHC Coach’s Poll results are in and Arkansas retains the top spot by receiving nine of the eleven #1 votes. 2nd Place Vanderbilt received two #1 votes and are solidly in 2nd place. Georgia, Florida and South Carolina finish strong at #3, #4 and #5 respectfully, followed by Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee rounding out the top 8 positions. We have lots of hockey to play with plenty of opportunity for teams to make a move into the Top-8.

A third poll will take place in mid-December followed by the final poll in mid-January. The teams ranked in the Top-8 in our final poll will qualify for the SECHC Playoffs to be held at the Ford Ice Center, Antioch, Tennessee. Our playoffs will take place 5-6-7 February, 2016.

When the final SECHC poll is posted in January, our first round playoff’s match-ups on 5-FEB-16 will be: 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5

I am headed to Chicago. Happy Thanksgiving & safe travels. Here’s the new rankings, best wishes to all.

~Kenny “Sarge” Day, Commissioner, SEC Hockey Conference

2nd VoteSECHC TeamsPoints#1 Votes
1ARKANSAS109
2VANDERBILT172
3GEORGIA28
4FLORIDA34
5SOUTH CAROLINA45
6MISSISSIPPI56
7AUBURN60
8TENNESSEE71
9MISSISSIPPI STATE82
10LSU87
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Georgia Tech Spirit Award

For 11-Years, my former team, Georgia Tech Hockey has held a fund raising event during their Veterans Day activities; the event raises funds for the Lieutenant Tyler Brown Scholarship Foundation. LT Tyler Brown was a GT Army ROTC Grad who was killed in action in Iraq. I was happy to attend the game vs. the University of Tampa last Saturday night and to participate in the pregame activities. This year, I presented the “Spirit Award” to GT student athlete Cole Wright. I am very proud that Georgia Tech hockey named this particular award after me and have been presenting it for 11-years. The Tyler Brown Foundation Benefit Games has raised several thousand dollars since the inception of the benefit games. Georgia Tech hockey donates 100% of all funds raised during their weekend games and all donations received to the Tyler Brown Foundation. A classy group of young men carrying on a proud tradition. Pictured with me are Spirit Award recipient Cole Wright and Carey Brown, father of LT Tyler Brown and US Army Vietnam Veteran.
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