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This is the 2016-17 American collegiate hockey season.

NCAA Division IEdit

Membership ChangesEdit

No division I schools changed conferences for the 2016-17 season.

  • But the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's hockey program announced that it would become an associate member of the Big Ten Conference for men's ice hockey only for the 2017-18 season.
  • On July 13, 2016 the Minnesota State University, Mankato president Richard Davenport announced the school had filed an application to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in July of 2016 as the school was exploring all options available for the good of the school and the hockey program.  The WCHA acknowledged the school's intentions and respected the fact that the school kept the WCHA in the loop on the process.  The team is believed to be joining the NCHC for the 2018-19 season along with the Arizona State Sun Devils Men's Ice Hockey program.  Both teams were denied admission at this point in time to the NCHC.
  • An ongoing budget crisis in the state of Alaska has created the possibility of the state's two division I schools Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks and Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves either having funding drasticly cut, the programs being merged into one, one program being eliminated, or both programs being eliminated for the 2017-18 season.  Both programs were spared from the chopping block in early November when it was announced that Alaska-Fairbanks would cut its cross country ski teams and that Alaska-Anchorage would cut its ski and indoor track programs.

Rule ChangesEdit

Coaches challengeEdit

  • The Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) also approved coaches challenges to offsides on a goal or too many men on the ice calls when a goal is scored.
  • The challenges are not allowed in the last two minutes of regulation or overtime as those reviews can only be initiated by the officials.
  • Coaches challenges are not used in the post season as all post tournament plays are reviewed anyway

Other changesEdit

  • The PROP approved the use of 3-on-3 play in overtime after 5 minutes of 5-on-5 play. (any game that goes to overtime or shootout is and has been viewed as a tie by the NCAA for record purposes)
  • The Ice Hockey Rules Committee (IHRC) had recomended the use of 4-on-4 play for five minutes of overtime then 5 minutes of 3-on-3 play but the motion was tabled by the PROP
  • Officials and players must wear helmets on ice except for the playing of the National Anthem

Men'sEdit

IndependentEdit

  • Arizona State University (added varsity hockey to its athletic program for the 2015-16 season) they played a hybrid schedule between the ACHA and NCAA for 2015-16, they are playing an independent Division I schedule for 2016-17 and are hoping to join a conference for 2017-18.  The team was approved for membership in the  National Collegiate Hockey Conference for either the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season. The school ended up with a record of 5-22-2 against NCAA D-I and D-III schools for 2015-16.

Women'sEdit

IndependentEdit

Division IIIEdit

  • The men's and women's programs of Daniel Webster College were scheduled to be playing their final season as the school was being absorbed into Southern New Hampshire University. The school was forced out of existence at the start of the school year when the landowner of the school (ITT Techinical) institute went bankrupt and the land was sold in bankruptcy to Southern New Hampshire University. The two schools are on a teach out agreement as part of DWC being absorbed over the 2016-17 school year. The women's program ran into problems with being able to put enough players on the ice to safely field a team. The men's program has been able to make it through the issue and will be able to compete in its' last season. SNHU is actually sponsoring both schools hockey programs for the year to keep the disruption to the students as minimal as possible.
  • On October 7, 2016 Bryn Athyn College announced they were moving their men's hockey program (Bryn Athyn Lions) to Division II varsity status. The school has been competing at the ACHA Men's Division III level. The school already has an on-campus rink in the Junge Ice Rink. Nicknamed the Lion's Den, the facility is an open to air facility.
  • In early October 2016 the United Collegiate Hockey Conference was announced as forming for the 2017-18 season.  The conference is composed of the present members of the men's members of ECAC West conference and all but the all sport members of the State University of New York Athletic Conference in the Women's conference of the ECAC West.  No word has been released on the future of the SUNYAC members of the soon to be former ECAC West Women's conference.
  • In mid-October of 2016 the Middle Atlantic Conferences announced that they would sponsor men's and women's ice hockey at the Division III level startting with the 2017-18 academic year as five all-sport members of the conference has announced they would sponsor both men's and women's ice hockey. For more information on the programs involved please see the MAC page.  The league is apparently using the also newly formed United Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season games to determine a MAC champion and not be a real conference at this point per say.

Men'sEdit


Women'sEdit


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