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The Aurora Spartans are a NCAA Division III Men's Ice hockey program and a yet to play women's hockey program (starting with the 2017-18 season) based out of Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  The team is based out of the Fox Valley Ice Arena.

The school announced that it would expand its athletic offerings by a total of 20 programs including men's ice hockey on August 20, 2012. The school started with a club level team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association's Division III for the 2012-13 season finishing its first season with a 0-12-0 record.  In the second season of playing in the ACHA the team qualified for the national tournamament, before jumping to the NCAA Division III level for 2014-15, finishing the season with a 36-4-1 record. The school announced on July 29, 2013 that they team would join the NCHA for 2015-16. The ice hockey team played as a Division III Independent for the 2014-15 season compiling a 1-15-1 record.  The school was added to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2015-16 NCHA Men's Season.

Even though the school elevated the program to NCAA varsity status they have kept the club level sport.

On June 14, 2016 it was announced by the school and the NCHA that the women's program will commence play for the 2017-18 season.

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