The EUHA was established in 2012 and its primary objective is the development of youth oriented sports activities and the promotion of ice hockey and other sports amongst college and university students. Improving the physical and mental capabilities pertaining to sport, physicality and furthermore the creation of conditions appropriate for quality education are the key roles and goals of EUHA. EUHA additional aims also include supporting the development of training and the pedagogical competences of its members. The EUHA furthermore intents to contribute to overcome intercultural communication barriers and to cooperate internationally in Europe and beyond with other similar associations. EUHA via the EUHL helps to establish the concept of the loyalty and identity at the individual universities participating in the league as well as to root the feeling of European university sports identity. In addition to this, students-athletes have the chance to learn the importance of the world sport diplomacy.
The EUHL project started in 2013 with the initial thought of pan – European expansion through the creation of four divisions to promote education and university hockey. The original idea still foresees the united European university hockey via active university leagues in the East Division (Slovakia, Czech republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary), West Division (Germany I, France, Belgium, The Netherlands), North Division (Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Norway, Denmark) and South Division (Germany II, Austria II, Switzerland, Slovenia, Romania).
EUHL – Since 2013 participated more than 29 university teams from 9 countries of the European Union (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Romania)
Presently the EUHL consists of EAST Division (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and partnering North Division in Sweden). The new potential applicants expressing interest are coming from Latvia, Estonia, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Hungary. On the top of the running of the regular EUHL season, EUHA has established strong relationships with the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and furthermore with the Russian Students Hockey League (SHL). With both associations the EUHA has signed Memorandums of Understanding.
The EUHL is on the right path to create a new sport culture and infrastructure among the EU universities