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NCAA Division I independent schools are teams that compete in NCAA college ice hockey but are not members of a conference. There are several current schools who, at one time or another, competed as Division I independents.

Current independent programsEdit

MenEdit

School Years Subsequent conference Notes
Alabama–Huntsville Chargers

[1] || 1987–1992
1998–1999
2010–present || Division II
CHA
– || The Chargers competed as a D-I independent between stints in Division II. After winning 2 championships and finishing as runners-up twice more, UAH returned to D-I in 1998, spending one season as an independent before becoming a charter member of College Hockey America. Following the CHA's demise and being denied entry to the CCHA[2], the Chargers will be independent for the 2010–11 season.[3]

Penn State Nittany Lions 2012–2014 The university is currently involved in the transition process of joining the NCAA. Women's hockey is reclassifying from ACHA Division I to NCAA Division I. Will play as independent team from 2012-2014 when new 6,000-seat arena is complete. (No word on future conference affiliation)[4]

WomenEdit

School Years Subsequent conference Notes
Lindenwood Lady Lions 2012– The university is currently involved in the transition process of joining the NCAA. Women's hockey is reclassifying from ACHA Division I to NCAA Division I.(No word on future conference affiliation)[5]
Penn State Nittany Lions 2012–2014 The university is currently involved in the transition process of joining the NCAA. Women's hockey is reclassifying from ACHA Division I to NCAA Division I. (No word on future conference affiliation)[6]
Sacred Heart Pioneers

[7] || 2003–present || – || The Pioneers moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the ECAC East) in 2003. Its men's team plays in a conference that does not sponsor women's hockey (Atlantic Hockey).

Current programs who were at one point independentEdit

MenEdit

School Years Subsequent conference Notes
Air Force Falcons

[8] || 1968–1999 || CHA || Joined Atlantic Hockey in 2006

Alaska–Anchorage Seawolves

[9] || 1979–1985
1988–1993 || GWHC
WCHA || The Seawolves competed as an independent following the demise of the Great West Hockey Conference. The school joined the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1993. UAA received NCAA tournament bids in 1990, 1991, and 1992 while an independent.

Alaska–Fairbanks Nanooks

[10] || 1925–1926
1932–1973
1988–1994 || dropped program
Division II
CCHA || The Nanooks re-joined Division I in 1985 in the Great West Hockey Conference, and went independent following the conference's demise. They joined the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 1994.

American International Yellow Jackets

[11] || 1948–1998 || MAAC ||

Army Black Knights

[12] || 1903–1961
1973–1984
1991–1999 || ECAC
ECAC
CHA || Joined Atlantic Hockey in 2000

Bemidji State Beavers

[13] || 1947–1950
1959–1967 || dropped program
Division III || Bemidji returned to Division I in 1999 as a charter member of College Hockey America, and moved to the WCHA for 2010–11.

Boston College Eagles

[14] || 1917–1961 || ECAC || Currently competes in Hockey East

Boston University Terriers

[15] || 1917–1961 || ECAC || Currently competes in Hockey East

Brown Bears

[16] || 1897–1961 || ECAC ||

Clarkson Golden Knights

[17] || 1920–1961 || ECAC ||

Colgate Raiders

[18] || 1915–1917
1920–1961 || dropped program
ECAC ||

Colorado College Tigers

[19] || 1937–1951
1958–1959 || MCHL
WCHA ||

Cornell Big Red

[20] || 1900–1901
1902–1903
1906–1961 || dropped program
dropped program
ECAC ||

Dartmouth Big Green

[21] || 1905–1961 || ECAC ||

Denver Pioneers

[22] || 1949–1951
1958–1959 || MCHL
WCHA ||

Harvard Crimson

[23] || 1897–1961 || ECAC ||

Holy Cross Crusaders

[24] || 1966–1998 || MAAC ||

Lake Superior State Lakers

[25] || 1966–1972 || CCHA ||

Maine Black Bears

[26] || 1977–1984 || Hockey East ||

UMass Minutemen

[27] || 1908–1961
1993–1994 || Division II
Hockey East || Dropped program from 1979 until 1993

Merrimack Warriors

[28] || 1984–1989 || Hockey East || Moved up from Division II in 1984. Merrimack received an NCAA tournament invitation in 1988 while an independent.

Miami RedHawks

[29] || 1978–1980 || CCHA ||

Michigan Wolverines

[30] || 1922–1951
1958–1959 || MCHL
WCHA || Moved to CCHA in 1981

Michigan State Spartans

[31] || 1921–1930
1949–1951
1958–1959 || dropped program
MCHL
WCHA || Moved to CCHA in 1981

Michigan Tech Huskies

[32] || 1919–1951
1958–1959 || MCHL
WCHA || Played in the CCHA from 1981–84

Minnesota Golden Gophers

[33] || 1921–1951
1958–1959 || MCHL
WCHA ||

Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs

[34] || 1930–1932
1946–1965 || dropped program
WCHA ||

Minnesota State Mavericks

[35] || 1996–1999 || WCHA || after moving up from Division II and before joining the WCHA.

New Hampshire Wildcats

[36] || 1924–1961
1964–1966 || ECAC
ECAC || Currently competes in Hockey East

Niagara Purple Eagles

[37] || 1997–1999 || CHA || Niagara began varsity hockey in 1997, and became a charter member of the CHA in 1999. They moved to Atlantic Hockey for 2010–11.

North Dakota Fighting Sioux

[38] || 1929–1936
1946–1951
1958–1959 || dropped program
MCHL
WCHA

Northeastern Huskies

[39] || 1929–1961 || ECAC || Currently competes in Hockey East

Northern Michigan Wildcats

[40] || 1976–1977 || CCHA ||

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

[41] || 1912–1927
1968–1971
1984–1991 || dropped program
WCHA
CCHA ||

Ohio State Buckeyes

[42] || 1963–1971
1973–1975 || CCHA
CCHA ||

Princeton Tigers

[43] || 1900–1961 || ECAC ||

Providence Friars

[44] || 1926–1927
1952–1954
1955–1961 || dropped program
Northeast League
ECAC || Currently competes in Hockey East

RPI Engineers

[45] || 1901–1950 || Tri-State League || Moved to the ECAC Hockey ECAC in 1961

RIT Tigers

[46] || 2005–2006 || Atlantic Hockey || Played first year of its probation period after joining Division I as an independent.

Sacred Heart Pioneers

[7] || 1993–1998 || MAAC ||

St. Cloud State Huskies

[47] || 1931–1942
1987–1990 || dropped program
WCHA || Dropped their program during World War II, resumed in 1946 in Division II

St. Lawrence Saints

[48] || 1925–1930
1938–1961 || dropped program
ECAC ||

Union Dutchmen

[49] || 1903–1949 || dropped program || Suspended their program from 1949–1975, resumed in Division III, before moving back to Division I in the ECAC in 1991.

Wisconsin Badgers

[50] || 1921–1935
1963–1969 || dropped program
WCHA ||

Yale Bulldogs

[51] || 1895–1961 || ECAC ||

WomenEdit

School Years Subsequent conference Notes
Clarkson Golden Knights

[17] || 2003–2004 || ECAC || Played the first year of their program as an independent before joining the ECAC

UConn Huskies

[52] || 2000–2001 || ECAC || Played the first year of their program as an independent before joining the ECAC, and moving to Hockey East in 2002.

North Dakota Fighting Sioux

[38] || 2002–2004 || WCHA || Played the first years of their program as an independent before joining the WCHA

Quinnipiac Bobcats

[53] || 2002–2004 || CHA || Left the ECAC after 2002 and spent two years playing as an independent before joining the CHA. They returned to the ECAC after one season in the CHA.

RPI Engineers

[45] || 2005–2006 || ECAC || Moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the ECAC East) in 2005.

Defunct teamsEdit

MenEdit

School Years Subsequent conference Notes
Boston State Warriors

[54] || 1962–1982 || dropped program || Program dropped when school merged with UMass Boston, who field a Division III team, in 1982.

Carnegie Tech Tartans

[55] || 1905–1910
1920–1921 || dropped program
dropped program ||

Illinois Fighting Illini

[56] || 1937–1943 || dropped program ||

Fairfield Stags

[57] || 1974–1999 || MAAC ||

UIC Flames

[58] || 1981–1982 || CCHA || Moved up from Division II in 1981. Program folded in 1996.

MIT Engineers

[59] || 1906–1975 || dropped program ||

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

[60][61] || 1980–1985 || GWHC || Folded their program after one season in the GWHC

Penn Quakers

[62] || 1898–1930 || dropped program ||

Syracuse Orange

[63] || 1911–1913
1923–1928
1939–1940 || dropped program
dropped program
dropped program ||

U.S. International Gulls

[61][64] || 1979–1985 || GWHC || Dropped their program when the GWHC folded in 1988

Villanova Wildcats  ?–1998 dropped program Dropped their program after the 1997–1998 season for Title IX reasons

ReferencesEdit

  1. Alabama-Huntsville Chargers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  2. McLaughlin, Budd. "UAH denied admission to Central Collegiate Hockey Association", The Huntsville Times, August 11, 2009. 
  3. McLaughlin, Budd. "UAH program standing alone", The Huntsville Times, September 23, 2009. 
  4. http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/091710aaa.html
  5. http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=207075
  6. http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/091710aaa.html
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sacred Heart Pioneers Women's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 21 April 2010.
  8. Air Force Falcons Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  9. Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  10. Alaska Nanooks Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  11. American Int'l Yellow Jackets Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  12. Army Black Knights Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  13. Bemidji State Beavers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  14. Boston College Eagles Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  15. Boston University Terriers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  16. Brown Bears Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Clarkson Golden Knights Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  18. Colgate Raiders Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  19. Colorado College Tigers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  20. Cornell Big Red Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  21. Dartmouth Big Green Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  22. Denver Pioneers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  23. Harvard Crimson Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  24. Holy Cross Crusaders Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  25. Lake Superior Lakers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  26. Maine Black Bears Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  27. Massachusetts Minutemen Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  28. Merrimack Warriors Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  29. Miami RedHawks Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  30. Michigan Wolverines Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  31. Michigan State Spartans Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  32. Michigan Tech Huskies Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  33. Minnesota Golden Gophers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  34. Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  35. Minnesota State Mavericks Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  36. New Hampshire Wildcats Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  37. Niagara Purple Eagles Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  38. 38.0 38.1 North Dakota Fighting Sioux Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  39. Northeastern Huskies Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  40. Northern Michigan Wildcats Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  41. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  42. Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  43. Princeton Tigers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  44. Providence Friars Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  45. 45.0 45.1 Rensselaer Engineers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  46. RIT Tigers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  47. St. Cloud State Huskies Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  48. St. Lawrence Saints Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  49. Union Dutchmen Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  50. Wisconsin Badgers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  51. Yale Bulldogs Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 18 April 2010.
  52. Connecticut Huskies Women's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 21 April 2010.
  53. Quinnipiac Bobcats Women's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 21 April 2010.
  54. Boston State Warriors Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  55. Carnegie Tech Tartans Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  56. Illinois Fightin' Illini Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  57. Fairfield Stags Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  58. Illinois-Chicago Flames Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  59. MIT Engineers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  60. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  61. 61.0 61.1 History of the Great West Hockey Conference. College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  62. Pennsylvania Quakers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  63. Syracuse Orangemen Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.
  64. U.S. International Gulls Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 19 April 2010.


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