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ECAC West
NCAA Division III Conference
ECAC logo
Number of teams: Men: 8
Women: 10
Commissioner: Rudy Keeling
Defending champions (men): Hobart Statesmen
Defending champions (women): RIT Tigers
Website: Men: http://www.ecacdiiihockey.com/mens_west
Women: http://www.ecacdiiihockey.com/womens_west

ECAC West is a league in NCAA Men's Division III and Women's Division III.

The men's conference was essentially folded into the United Collegiate Hockey Conference men's conference which was announced in early October 2016 when the conference was formed from all of the membership of the men's conference. Later in October three of the league members then announced they were going to be part of the newly formed Middle Atlantic Conferences which is also slated to start play with the 2017-18 season.  Lebanon Valley, Manhattanville, and Stevenson are all scheduled to join that new conference.

The formation of the conference decimated the women's conference taking in all but the State University of New York Athletic Conference members. No announcement has been made about the future of the SUNYAC school's yet.

Men's MembershipEdit

Team Location Arena
Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira, New York Murray Athletic Center Arena
Hobart Statesmen Geneva, New York Geneva Recreation Complex Skating Rink
Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen Annville, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Arena
Manhattanville Valiants Purchase, New York Playland Ice Casino
Nazareth Golden Flyers Pittsford, New York Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
Neumann Knights Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex
Stevenson Mustangs

Stevenson, Maryland &
Owings Mills, Maryland

Reisterstown Sportsplex
Utica Pioneers Utica, New York Utica Memorial Auditorium

Women's MembershipEdit

Team Location Arena
Buffalo State Bengals Buffalo, New York Buffalo State Sports Arena
Chatham Cougars Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Alpha Ice Complex
Cortland Red Dragons Cortland, New York Alumni Ice Arena
Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira, New York Murray Athletic Center Arena
Neumann Knights Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex
Oswego Great Lakers Oswego, New York Marano Campus Center Ice Arena
Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh, New York Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena
Potsdam Bears Potsdam, New York Maxcy Ice Arena
Utica Pioneers Utica, New York Utica Memorial Auditorium
William Smith Herons Geneva, New York Geneva Recreation Complex Skating Rink

In 2005, the RIT men's team left the ECAC West to become a Men's Division I program (now in Atlantic Hockey); the RIT women's team joined from the ECAC East in 2007. The Oswego Lakers women's team was created in 2006. The Potsdam Bears women's team was created in 2008.

In 2010, the Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen, which had joined the men's ECAC West in 2006, announced that they would move their ice hockey program from the NCAA to the ACHA. In 2011, the Nazareth Golden Flyers announced they would start a men's hockey program starting in 2012, and they have applied to join the ECAC West and were accepted for the 2012-13 season.

Early in 2015 the men's conference announced the addition of the Stevenson Mustangs and the return of the Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen for the 2016-17 season.  The conference would thus become eligible for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, possilby as early as 2017-18. The Stevenson women's team had played as an independent until joining the Colonial Hockey Conference for the 2015-16 season. Lebanon Valley is adding women's ice hockey for the 2016-17 season.  As of the announcement no conference afffiliation was announced for the women's team.

The Women's conference was formed  for the 2001-02 season.

Men's Conference SeasonsEdit

Season Regular Season Champion Conference Tourmament Champion NCAA Tournament Teams (Finish)
1985-86 RIT Tigers RIT Tigers

Plattsburgh Cardinals (runnerup), RIT Tigers (3rd place), Union Dutchmen (L, Quarterfinal)

1986-87 Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champions-later vacated), Oswego Great Lakers (runnerup)
1987-88 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (runnerup), Oswego Great Lakers (L, Quarterfinals), Plattsburgh Cardinals (L, Quarterfinals
1988-89 RIT Tigers RIT Tigers RIT Tigers (Runnerup)
1989-90 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Quarterfinals), Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champions)
1990-91 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Semifinals)
1991-92 Plattsburgh Cardinals Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Quarterfinals), Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champions)
1992-93 Elmira Soaring Eagles
1993-94 Elmira Soaring Eagles RIT Tigers RIT Tigers (L, Quarterfinals)
1994-95 Mercyhurst Lakers Mercyhurst Lakers
1995-96 RIT Tigers RIT Tigers RIT Tigers (Runnerup)
1996-97 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles RIT Tigers (L, Quarterfinals)
1997-98 RIT Tigers Niagara Purple Eagles RIT Tigers (L, Quarterfinals)
1998-99 Niagara Purple Eagles RIT Tigers RIT Tigers (Fourth Place)
1999-00 Elmira Soaring Eagles, RIT Tigers RIT Tigers RIT Tigers (L, Quarterfinals)
2000-01 RIT Tigers RIT Tigers RIT Tigers (Runnerup)
2001-02 RIT Tigers RIT Tigers RIT Tigers (L, Quarterfinals)
2002-03 RIT Tigers Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Quarterfinals)
2003-04 Hobart Statesmen Hobart Statesmen Hobart Statesmen (L, Quarterfinals)
2004-05 Utica Pioneers Manhattanville Valiants Manhattanville Valiants (L, Quarterfinals)
2005-06 Manhattanville Valiants Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Semifinals Hobart Statesmen (L, Semifinals)
2006-07 Manhattanville Valiants Manhattanville Valiants Manhattanville Valiants (Runnerup)
2007-08 Elmira Soaring Eagles Manhattanville Valiants Hobart Statesmen (L, Quarterfinals), Manhattanville Valiants (L, Quarterfinals)
2008-09 Elmira Soaring Eagles Neumann Knights Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, First Round), Hobart Statesmen (L, Semifinals), Neumann Knights (National Champions)
2009-10 Elmira Soaring Eagles Manhattanville Valiants Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Quarterfinals)

2010-11

Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Quarterfinals), Neumann Knights (L, First Round)
2011-12 Elmira Soaring Eagles Hobart Statesmen Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Quarterfinals)
2012-13

Hobart Statesmen, Utica Pioneers

Neumann Knights Utica Pioneers (L, Semifinals)
2013-14 Utica Pioneers Elmira Soaring Eagles None
2014-15 Hobart Statesmen Hobart Statesmen Hobart Statesmen (L, First Round)
2015-16 Hobart Statesmen Hobart Statesmen Hobart Statesmen (L, Quarterfinal)
2016-17 TBD TBD TBD

note: Have incomplete information on all seasons prior to 1998-99.

The 1986-87 National Championship won by the Plattsburgh Cardinals was later vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions

Pre-league play tournament championsEdit

Women's ConferenceEdit

SeasonsEdit

Season Regular Season Champion Conference Tourmament Champion NCAA Tournament Teams
2001-02 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (National Champions)
2002-03 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (National Champions)
2003-04 Plattsburgh Cardinals Elmira Soaring Eagles

Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Quarterfinals)

Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champions)

2004-05

Elmira Soaring Eagles & Plattsburgh Cardinals

Elmira Soaring Eagles

Elmira Soaring Eagles (National Champions)

Plattsburgh Cardinals (Fourth Place)

2005-06 Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals (Runnerup)
2006-07 Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champions)
2007-08 Plattsburgh Cardinals Elmira Soaring Eagles

Elmira Soaring Eagles (Third Place)

Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champions)

2008-09 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles

Elmira Soaring Eagles (Runnerup)

Plattsburgh Cardinals (L, Quarterfinals)

2009-10 Plattsburgh Cardinals Elmira Soaring Eagles

Elmira Soaring Eagles (National Champions)

Plattsburgh Cardinals (L, Quarterfinals)

2010-11

Plattsburgh Cardinals & RIT Tigers

RIT Tigers


RIT Tigers (Runnerup)

2011-12 RIT Tigers RIT Tigers

Plattsburgh Cardinals (Third Place) RIT Tigers (National Champions)

2012-13 Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals

Elmira Soaring Eagles (National Champions)

Plattsburgh Cardinals (Third Place)

2013-14

Elmira Soaring Eagles & Plattsburgh Cardinals

Plattsburgh Cardinals

Elmira Soaring Eagles (L, Quarterfinals)

Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champions)

2014-15 Elmira Soaring Eagles Plattsburgh Cardinals

Elmira Soaring Eagles (Runnerup)

Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champions)

2015-16 Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals

Elmira Soaring Eagles (Third Place)

Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champions)

2016-17 TBD TBD TBD

TimelineEdit

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