LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern College men's ice hockey head coach Gilles Richard has released his team's schedule for its inaugural campaign, and the 2019-20 season will have the Moccasins playing at home 16 times during the year. In addition Florida Southern will also host the Moccasin Invitational on Dec. 6-8 at Lakeland Ice Arena, with The Citadel, Flagler, and USF also competing.
"As a first-year program, we feel very fortunate to be able to host as many games as we are at home," Richard said. "Lakeland Ice Arena is a beautiful facility, and our initial open skates have been full of energy. Our team will be very exciting to watch this year."
The Mocs will start off the year with a road contest at USF (Sept. 27) before facing the Bulls in the home opener at 2 p.m. on Sept. 28. Florida Southern will also face Florida (Oct. 4), Flagler (Oct. 5), and an opponent yet to be determined (Oct. 19) before hitting the road to take on Florida Tech (Oct. 25). Throughout the season, Southern will also take on Florida Tech and Eastern Florida State at home twice, with another pair of home games against both Flagler and USF.
Florida Southern announced the addition of men's ice hockey as a club sport beginning with the 2019-20 campaign, the Moccasins will compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The Mocs will play in the ACHA Division III classification in the South Division.
The Moccasins are joined by Embry-Riddle, Eastern Florida State College, University of Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Tech, Florida State, Lynn, UCF, Miami, and USF as the ACHA's member institutions in the state of Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast also fields a team at the Division II level.
The ACHA's Division III South Division also includes teams from the states of Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and American University in Washington, D.C.
Southern will play its home games at the brand-new Lakeland Ice Arena, which has already been the site for open skates and team tryouts.