The Virginia Tech Hokies hockey team was formed in the fall of 1984 as a local men's league team based out of the LancerLot ice arena in Vinton, Virginia just outside of Roanoke. At this point the university gave us a $500 stipend and permission to use the logo on the uniforms. The Hokies first full intercollegiate schedule came in the following season of 1985, with their acceptance into the Southern Collegiate Hockey Association (SCHA) which included 13 other member schools split into two divisions: the Northern Division included Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Liberty, Old Dominion and George Mason. The Southern Division included Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Emory. At this time practice was held on dry land or local ponds when they froze because ice time was too expensive. The first season ended with a record of 6-8-2 and viewed as a success as it was their first full season and because it provided the foundation for the future.
In 1991 the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) was formed, which became a national governing body for all collegiate club-level ice hockey in the United States. They split all members into either Division I or II which is where the Hokies and the SCHA found their home.
In the spring of 1993 a massive snow storm caused the structural collapse of the Hokies home arena and left the team in jeopardy for the upcoming season. Luckily the Roanoke Civic Center was upgraded that summer to a full time ice arena in efforts to attract an ECHL team and became the new home of the Hokies for years to come.
In the spring of 1995, the Northern Division teams of the SCHA broke off and formed the new Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League in the fall of 1995. The league included Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Liberty, Old Dominion and also added newcomers Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth. The first season of the ACCHL proved to be one of the best seasons, at the time, in Virginia Tech history as the Hokies rolled to a 13-1 record and captured their first ACCHL Championship.
In the spring of 2009, the Hokies continued their winning ways, going undefeated with a record of 9-0 in the ACCHL(in league play) along with capturing another ACCHL Championship. Finishing the year off with a 18-6-1 record.
In the spring of 2010, the Hokies faced off against Georgetown in the Championship game after going 6-1 in the ACCHL(in league play). After a hard fought battle the Hokies once again prevailed leading them to their 2nd straight ACCHL title in two years. Finishing the year off with a 15-4-3 record.
In the summer of 2010, the Virginia Tech Hokies were determined to keep the program heading in the right direction and decided to switch to a tougher, more credible league named the Mid Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association(MACHA). This was done in order to reach their ultimate goal of competing at the regional and national level.
In the 2010-2011 season the Hokies would go on to face some of the top teams along the east coast, also receiving the best ranking in Virginia Tech hockey history,during the 3rd ranking period, as Number 4 in the Southeast region. They would go on to meet Liberty in the MACHA championship playoff game. Here, they would oust Liberty 4-3 in a hard fought battle receiving their first ever MACHA South Championship in the first year it was created.This would be their third straight championship in 3 years.
In the same season, they would finish out being ranked Number 6 at the end of the ranking period, going on to face Penn State at the Regional Tournament in Philadelphia. The Hokies were defeated 2-1 in another hard fought battle. The Hokies would not hold their heads down as they knew it was a great season overall and things will only get better as time goes on. Finishing the season with a 19-12-2 record.
The MACHA has currently changed its name to The Mid-Atlantic(MACH) to stop confusion with another league. There are still two divisions, MACH North and MACH South.
The 2011-2012 season was another historical season for the Hokies. Coming into the ACHA Southeast Regional Tournament, the Hokies were seeded at #7 and playing inter-league rival Kennesaw State. After a 7-5 win, the team was set to once again take on Liberty University. Coming out strong and fast, the Hokies upended the Flames 5-3, pushing them to their first ever ACHA National Tournament appearance in Ft. Myers, FL. The Hokies represented Virginia Tech quite well, ending up ranked #12 in the country.
Once again, the Hokies are looking forward to continuing on their winning ways into the 2012-2013 season. Stay tuned for more updates on the history of the program.