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Division I in ice hockeyEdit

As ice hockey is limited to a much smaller number of almost exclusively Northern schools, there is a completely different conference structure for teams. These conferences feature a mix of teams that play their other sports in various Division I conferences, and even Division II and Division III schools. With the exception of the Ivy League's hockey-playing schools being members of the ECAC, there is no correlation between a team's ice hockey affiliation and its affiliation for other sports. For example, the Hockey East men's conference consists of one ACC school, one Big East school, four schools from America East, one from the A-10, one CAA school, and two schools from the D-II Northeast Ten Conference, whereas the CCHA and WCHA both have some Big Ten representation, plus Division II and III schools. Also, the divisional structure is truncated, with Division II competition in the sport abolished in 1999.


Conference Nickname Founded Members (Men/Women)
Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey 1997 10 (10/none)
Central Collegiate Hockey Association CCHA 1972 12 (12/none)
College Hockey America CHA 2000 7 (4/5)
ECAC Hockey N/A 1962 12 (12/12)
Hockey East Hockey East 1984 11 (10/8)
Western Collegiate Hockey Association WCHA 1951 12 (10/8)

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