Embry-Riddle Eagles Hockey Helps Create Regional Conference

Photo Courtesy: Ken Byrnes
Embry-Riddle Ice Hockey Team are talented individuals who could use your support in the upcoming hockey season.

Jaclyn Wiley/Editor-in-Chief

Currently, Daytona Beach is more closely associated with car races and the beach than with ice hockey, but that soon may change.  The Embry-Riddle Eagles Hockey Team has worked with other teams in EAST Florida to create an ice hockey conference.

The conference is called the East Florida Collegiate Hockey (EFCH) Conference, and four teams slated to compete.  These four teams are Embry-Riddle, Lynn University, the Florida Institute of Technology, and Flagler College.  More teams, including Stetson University, are expected to joined the conference in years to come. Currently Embry-Riddle is in first place in the conference.

The first conference championship tournament will be played this coming weekend. The first two games of the tournament will take place on Friday night, Feb 10. First, the Flagler College Saints will play against the Florida Institute of Technology Panthers at 7 p.m. Later that night, the Embry-Riddle Eagles will face off against Lynn University’s Fighting Knights at 10 p.m.  The winners of those two games will face off on Saturday at 10 p.m. for the conference championship game.  Sodexo (ERAUs catering company) has provided sponsorship for the conference trophy, which will be called the Sodexo Cup.

The Embry-Riddle Eagles Hockey team has had a very successful season so far, with a 12-5-1 record.  Part of this success can be attributed to the team’s faculty advisor, Dr. Ken Byrnes, and their new coach, Bob Joyce.

Joyce is a former NHL player and Canadian Olympian, and works at Embry-Riddle as a Quality Assurance Manager in the Flight Training department.  In that capacity, Joyce works to enhance the learning experience that flight students experience, so that they can successfully pass the initial FAA practical exam.

One of the reasons that the EFCH Conference was formed is that hockey is becoming more popular among colleges and universities in the Northeastern region of Florida.  Multiple collegiate teams have formed in the Northeast Florida area recently, including teams at Stetson University and Flagler College.

The Embry-Riddle Eagles are part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and have crossed sticks with many college teams in the past, including the Florida State Seminoles, the Central Florida Knights, the South Florida Bulls, Miami Hurricanes, and the Florida Gators.

More information about the Embry-Riddle Eagles can be found on Facebook, or at http://embryriddleicehockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/embryriddleeagles.  The Embry-Riddle Eagles hockey team is open to anyone who loves hockey, regardless of gender.  Students interested in joining the team should contact Dr. Ken Byrnes.