New England Hockey Conference

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New England Hockey Conference
NEHC
New England Hockey Conference logo
Established1984
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members12
Sports fielded
RegionNew York and New England
HeadquartersMarshfield, Massachusetts
CommissionerKatie Boldvich
Websitehttp://www.nehockeyconference.com/
Locations
New England Hockey Conference locations

New England Hockey Conference (formerly the ECAC East) is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference.[1]

History[edit]

The New England Hockey Conference began as ECAC East in 1984 when ECAC 2 was split in two and both new conferences dropped down to Division III. The conference was fairly stable for the first decade but began to grow in the mid 90's. In 1998 four teams left to become Division I programs in the new MAAC conference and a year later nine more universities split off to from the ice hockey division of their primary conference, NESCAC, followed by the women's programs in 2001. The membership numbers held firm over the succeeding 15 years while several programs came and went. In 2015 the conference rebranded itself as the New England Hockey Conference but no internal changes occurred. Two years later 6 women's and 2 men's programs left to join a variety of conferences, dropping league membership to 11 schools, the lowest number in conference history.

Current members[edit]

There are 12 member schools; the men's division has ten members, while the women's division has nine members. (as of November 2018)

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Primary Conference Colors (M) (W)
Babson College Wellesley, Massachusetts 1919 1984 1,800 Beavers NEWMAC           Green tickY
Castleton University Castleton, Vermont 1787 2004 1,800 Spartans Little East Conference                Green tickY Green tickY
Hobart College Geneva, New York 1822 2017 2,337 Statesmen Liberty League           Green tickY [n 1]
Johnson & Wales University Providence, Rhode Island 1914 2018 16,095 Wildcats Great Northeast Athletic Conference           Green tickY Green tickY
University of Massachusetts Boston Dorchester, Massachusetts 1964 1984 10,600 Beacons Little East Conference           Green tickY Green tickY
New England College Henniker, New Hampshire 1946 1984 1,460 Pilgrims New England Collegiate Conference                     Green tickY Green tickY
Norwich University Northfield, Vermont 1819 1984 2,000 Cadets Great Northeast Athletic Conference           Green tickY Green tickY
Plymouth State University Plymouth, New Hampshire 1871 2015 4,192 Panthers Little East Conference           Green tickY
Salem State University Salem, Massachusetts 1854 2018 7,664 Vikings Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference           Green tickY
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, New York 1903 1998 2,500 Thoroughbreds Liberty League                Green tickY
Suffolk University Boston, Massachusetts 1906 2018 7,560 Rams Great Northeast Athletic Conference           Green tickY Green tickY
University of Southern Maine Gorham, Maine 1878 1995 10,974 Huskies Little East Conference                Green tickY Green tickY

Former members[edit]

Location Athletic nickname Colors Founded Joined (M) Left (M) Joined (W) Left (W) Current Conference (M) (W)
American International College Springfield, Massachusetts Yellow Jackets                1885 1984 1998 Atlantic Hockey (NCAA D-I) Green tickY
Amherst College Amherst, Massachusetts Lord Jeffs           1821 1992 1999 1995 2001 NESCAC Green tickY Green tickY
Bowdoin College Brunswick, Maine Polar Bears           1794 1984 1999 1984 2001 NESCAC Green tickY Green tickY
Colby College Waterville, Maine Mules           1813 1984 1999 NESCAC Green tickY
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut Huskies           1881 1984 1998 Hockey East (NCAA D-I) Green tickY
Connecticut College New London, Connecticut Camels           1794 1991 1999 1997 2001 NESCAC Green tickY Green tickY
Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire Ravens           1962 2014 2017 NEWHA Green tickY
Hamilton College Clinton, New York Continentals           1793 1992 1999 1996 2001 NESCAC Green tickY Green tickY
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts Crusaders           1843 1984 1998 1999 2017 Atlantic Hockey (NCAA D-I) Green tickY Green tickY
Manhattanville College Purchase, New York Valiants           1815 1999 2017 UCHC Green tickY
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, Massachusetts Trailblazers           1894 1984 2003 Dropped Program Green tickY
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts Engineers           1861 1984 2009 Dropped Program Green tickY
Merrimack College North Andover, Massachusetts Warriors           1947 1984 1989 Hockey East (NCAA D-I) Green tickY
Middlebury College Middlebury, Vermont Panthers           1800 1984 1999 1984 2001 NESCAC Green tickY Green tickY
University of New England Biddeford, Maine Nor'easters           1831 2009 2016 2009 2018 CCC Green tickY Green tickY
Nichols College Dudley, Massachusetts Bison           1815 2008 2017 CHC Green tickY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute North Andover, Massachusetts Engineers           1824 1995 2005 ECAC Hockey (NCAA D-I) Green tickY
Rochester Institute of Technology Henrietta, New York Tigers                1829 1984 2007 CHA Green tickY
Saint Anselm College Goffstown, New Hampshire Hawks           1889 1984 2017 2004 2017 Northeast–10 (NCAA D-II) Green tickY Green tickY
Saint Michael's College Colchester, Vermont Purple Knights           1904 2001 2017 2001 2017 Northeast–10 (NCAA D-II) Green tickY Green tickY
Salem State University Salem, Massachusetts Vikings           1854 1984 2009 MASCAC Green tickY
Salve Regina University Newport, Rhode Island Seahawks           1934 2015 2018 CHC Green tickY
Trinity College Hartford, Connecticut Bantams           1823 1991 1999 1998 2001 NESCAC Green tickY Green tickY
Union College Schenectady, New York Dutchwomen           1795 1999 2003 ECAC Hockey (NCAA D-I) Green tickY
Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut Cardinals           1831 1995 1999 1996 2001 NESCAC Green tickY Green tickY
Westfield State University Westfield, Massachusetts Owls                1874 1984 1989 MASCAC Green tickY
Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts Ephs           1793 1984 1999 1994 2001 NESCAC Green tickY Green tickY

† (as of November 2018)

Membership timeline[edit]

Suffolk UniversityJohnson %26 Wales UniversityHobart and William Smith CollegesPlymouth State UniversitySalve Regina UniversityFranklin Pierce UniversityUniversity of New EnglandNichols CollegeCastleton UniversitySaint Michael's CollegeManvattanville CollegeUnion CollegeSkidmore CollegeRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUniversity of Southern MaineWesleyan UniversityHamilton CollegeAmherst CollegeTrinity College (Connecticut)Connecticut CollegeNorwich UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts BostonNew England CollegeBabson CollegeSaint Anselm CollegeSalem State UniversityMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyRochester Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts College of Liberal ArtsWilliams CollegeMiddlebury CollegeBowdoin CollegeColby CollegeCollege of the Holy CrossUniversity of ConnecticutAmerican International CollegeWestfield State UniversityMerrimack College

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men's and women's ECAC East leagues now the New England Hockey Conference". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved October 31, 2015.

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