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 had created the possibility of the state's two division I schools Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks and Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves either having funding drastically 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.
  • On March 29, 2017; the University of North Dakota announced that the school is cutting the women's ice hockey program effective the end of the 2016-17 academic year. The reason stated was a $1.3 million budget shortfall due to the school attempting to meet minimum standards of the Summit League which most of the school's athletic teams are moving to for 2017-18. The men's and women's swimming and diving programs were also cut at the school. The school announced UND will honor all athletic scholarships for the discontinued sports “at their present equivalencies for returning student-athletes."

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 recommended 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



  • 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 hoping to be approved for membership in the  National Collegiate Hockey Conference for either the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season but the conference had declined to expand at this time. The school ended up with a record of 5-22-2 against NCAA D-I and D-III schools for 2015-16.  The team had a 10-19-3 record for the 2016-17 season.



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 owner of the of the for-profit school (ITT Technical 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.



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