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2016-17 NEHC Women's Season

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This is the 2016-17 New England Hockey Conference Women's hockey season.

Membership ChangesEdit

  • none for 2016-17 but, the conference has apparently decided to go to a Divison III only format for the 2017-18 season and has not renewed the contract of the St. Anselm Hawks to play in the conference.
  • In late October 2016 the Holy Cross Crusaders announced that they were elevating the women's program to Division I status with a conference affiliation to be announced in either December or January.  This move may have been in motion prior to the NEHC's D-III only plans as the men's program is rumored to be replacing Notre Dame in Hockey East which is leaving the conference for the Big Ten Conference for 2017-18 season.
  • Franklin Pierce Ravens and Saint Michael's College Purple Knights are both apparently out of the conference at the end of the season as well.  No word on either school's plans for 2017-18 have been announced as of yet.
  • In October it was announced that the Manhattanville Valiants would be joining the United Collegiate Hockey Conference for 2017-18.


Team Location Arena
Castleton Spartans Castleton, Vermont Spartan Arena
Franklin Pierce Ravens Rindge, New Hampshire Jason Ritchie Ice Arena
Holy Cross Crusaders Worcester, Massachusetts Hart Center
Manhattanville Valiants Purchase, New York Playland Ice Casino
New England College Pilgrims Henniker, New Hampshire Lee Clement Arena
Nichols Bison Dudley, Massachusetts Levy Rink
Norwich Cadets Northfield, Vermont Kreitzberg Arena
Plymouth State Panthers Plymouth, New Hampshire Hanaway Rink
Saint Anselm Hawks Goffstown, New Hampshire Sullivan Arena
Salve Regina Seahawks Newport, Rhode Island St. George's School Ice Rink
Southern Maine Huskies Gorham, Maine USM Ice Arena
St. Michael's Purple Knights Colchester, Vermont C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena
Mass-Boston Beacons Boston, Massachusetts Beacons Ice Arena
University of New England Nor'Easters Biddeford, Maine Harold Alfond Forum


To be added upon completion of the regular season

NEHC Women's Open TournamentEdit

The four non-D-III teams and D-III Independent Sacred Heart Pioneers were invited to participate in a tournament sponsored by the conference.

Conference TournamentEdit


  • Holy Cross is ineligible for the conference tournament as the school is Division I in all other sports
  • St. Anselm Hawks and St. Michael's Purple Knights are ineligible for the conference tournament as the school is Division II in all other sports.
  • The top 8 teams out of the remaining 11 qualify for the conference tournament.  The top seed plays the number 8 seed, number 2 plays number 7, number 3 plays number 6 and number 4 plays number 5 in the quarterfinals on February 27th.  The highest seeded semifinal winner host the semifinal and final rounds on March 4th and 5th.  The highest quarterfinal winner host the lowest seeded quarterfinals winner and the 2nd highest seeded quarterfinal winner is the "home" team against the 3rd seeded quarterfinal winner.  The semifinal winners meet on March 5th for the conference championship and the conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.

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