This is the 2016-17 ECAC West Women's hockey season. This was the last season for the league as the formation of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (men's and women's) in early October 2016 and subsequently the Middle Atlantic Conferences (men's and women's) mid-October announcement of the formation of a hockey conference for the 2017-18 season reduced league membership to five teams. All of these teams are all sport members of the State University of New York Athletic Conference. It was announced on June 15, 2017 that the remaining members of the conference were forming the Northeast Women's Hockey League to begin play in the fall of 2017.
- The announcement of the formation of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference was announced as being created for the 2017-18 season was made in early October 2016. This announcement had half of the present ECAC West Women's Conference membership (Chatham Cougars, Elmira Soaring Eagles, Neumann Knights, Utica Pioneers and William Smith Herons (and their sibling school Hobart Statesmen)) joining this new conference. The new conference also added the Manhattanville Valiants, Stevenson Mustangs and the returning program of the Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen. The new programs of the King's College Kings, Nazareth Golden Flyers (men's only) and Wilkes University Colonels will also be joining the new conference.
- The formation of the UCHC conference leave the State University of New York Athletic Conference members (Buffalo State Bengals, Cortland Red Dragons, Oswego Great Lakers, Plattsburgh Cardinals, and the Potsdam Bears as the only remaining members of the conference. In Mid-June 2017 it was announced that the remaining members of the conference would form the Northeast Women's Hockey League for the 2017-18 season.
|ECAC West||Overall Record|
|Elmira Soaring Eagles||18||14||2||2||72||22||30||28||18||6||4||102||40|
|Buffalo State Bengals||18||11||6||1||51||33||23||27||17||8||2||80||51|
|Oswego Great Lakers||18||10||6||2||43||32||22||26||16||8||2||82||48|
|William Smith Herons||18||4||9||5||31||45||13||25||7||12||6||45||60|
|Cortland Red Dragons||18||2||15||1||22||69||5||25||3||21||1||37||92|
Top six qualify. Single elimination format.
- Plattsburgh Cardinals defeated Utica Pioneers 6-1
- Elmira Soaring Eagles defeated Buffalo State Bengals 6-0