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TROY, Mich. (December 21, 2020) – The American Collegiate Hockey Association, the governing body for non-NCAA college hockey in the United States, announces that ACHA student-athletes will receive an additional season of ACHA eligibility due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


This extension of eligibility will apply to all ACHA student-athletes, including those who have been able to play during the Fall 2020 semester and/or those who may be able to compete in during the upcoming Spring 2021 semester.


"The ACHA Executive Board and I felt it was very important to revisit this issue and make this decision now so our ACHA student-athletes would have some peace of mind while they do everything they can to try to get on the ice and compete during this very unusual season," said ACHA Executive Director Craig Barnett.  "With this announcement, all ACHA players now know no matter what portion of their 2020-2021 season was impacted by the pandemic, they will not lose a year of ACHA eligibility if they choose to compete this season."


Despite this extension of ACHA eligibility, please be advised that ACHA student-athletes competing in Men’s Division 1, Men’s Division 2, and Men’s Division 3 remain limited to five (5) National Tournament appearances.  Therefore, any M1, M2, and M3 student-athletes who compete in the 2021 ACHA National Tournament will be considered to have used one of their five allowed Nationals appearances as stated in the ACHA Manual.


This December 21, 2020 extension of eligibility specifically replaces that previous eligibility guidance issued on August 19, 2020.


For further information, please contact ACHA Executive Director Craig Barnett at


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