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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.

Its final men's member teams were:

* Hobart is a men's college; it's sister college, William Smith, is in the process of adding varsity hockey.

Its women's member teams are:

* Chatham is a women's college.

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.

ECAC West Regular Season ChampionsEdit

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ECAC West Tournament ChampionsEdit

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Conference SeasonsEdit

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