1. Florida – The Gators finished 5th in the ACHA DIII South with a 19 win 2013-14 season. Although they lost three 30-point players, they are expecting Ryan Geffin, who was a 40-point player in his freshman year, to return for the Gators 2014-15 season.
2. South Carolina – Coming off of a record setting 20 win season, the Gamecocks hope to play spoiler to the teams in the SECHC West enroute to a national championship berth. This could prove difficult with a new coach, although the expected return of all three 30-goal scorers will definitely help them in their run.
3. Vanderbilt – The Commodores started the 2013-14 season slow but gained momentum down the stretch. They hope to get off to a quick start against SECHC East rival South Carolina at their new barn, the Ford Ice Center. Returning for the Dores is John “Johnny Hockey” Longman, a 20-goal scorer. The Dores will host the College Hockey Scholar Shootout in early October welcoming in North Carolina, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Florida.
4. Georgia – The Ice Dogs have an impressive 17-home game schedule in their new barn, The Classic Center in Athens. The new rink has triggered overwhelming excitement for the team and fans alike. The Ice Dogs hope to return their top four scorers from the 2013-14 season, to include 33-goal scorer, Peter Kacer. The sky is the limit for Georgia.
5. Tennessee – After a few disappointing seasons, the Ice Vols are looking to return to SECHC dominance in the 2014-15 season. UT is taking on a grueling 30 game schedule for their 48th season of hockey. Led by senior forward and club president Kyle Knell, there are great expectations for the 2014-15 Ice Vols.
1. Arkansas – Coming off of a 7th place finish in the ACHA D3 Nationals, the Razorbacks are looking to return to the nationals and this time bring home the championship. Returning to help Arkansas meet that goal are goaltending tandem Kevin Scheer and Spencer Mulgrew, both in their senior year. Although the Razorbacks lost two 50-point scorers, the experience and leadership from their upper classmen will prove beneficial for a long run in the Nationals.
2. Alabama – Primed to play in their 10th anniversary season, the Frozen Tide have coined this season as the “Biggest Challenge Ever”. The team expects to return their top seven scorers from the 2013-14 season for this challenge. The Frozen Tide have upped the ante and are taking on some of the very best in the ACHA. This challenging regular season schedule should line them up for their biggest goals; to host and win both the SECHC Tournament and the ACHA D3 National Championships.
3. Ole Miss – With back-to-back national championship appearances, the Rebels are gunning to make it three in a row and take home a national championship. Ole Miss has added some top ACHA teams to their schedule in preparation to of that run to Pelham, AL. In an early season tournament, the Rebels will play Oakland, RMU, and Miami (FL). In a Thanksgiving tournament, they will be taking on Central Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University.
4. Auburn – Coming off of a disappointing 2013-14 season, the Tigers are looking forward to rebound in a tough SECHC West division. Let’s hope Auburn can continue the success that started at the 2014 SECHC Tournament and a shootout win against the Ice Vols.
5. LSU & Mississippi State – Both the Dawgs and the Tigers are in rebuild mode. As affiliate members of the SECHC, both teams are looking for successful seasons in hopes to secure their memberships in one of the toughest conferences in the ACHA.
Alabama, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Florida