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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is an association of universities and colleges in the United States. Its member instituions tend to be smaller and of a lower class of competition than those of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Until 2009 it had members in Canada.

From 1968 to 1984 it ran a program in ice hockey.

During the summer of 2015 a group of schools began working with the administrators of the NAIA to gain emerging sport status for the sport of men's ice hockey.  The NAIA requires a mininum of 15 teams to sponsor a sport at the varsity level to begin the process and 15 (the 15th started play with the 2016-17 season) schools that have teams playing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association are also members of the NAIA.  There are also two schools based in British Columbia that are members of the NAIA that sponsor men's ice hockey.  There is also a team that plays as an independent club team that is a member of the NAIA.

Current NAIA schools fielding hockey teams Edit

(as of start of the 2016-17 season)

Institution Location Enrollment Nickname Current Hockey Affiliation
Aquinas College Grand Rapids, Michigan 2,100 Saints ACHA
University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia 50,304 Thunderbirds CIS
Carroll College Helena, Montana 1,502 Fighting Saints ACHA
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan 11,733 Panthers ACHA
Dordt College Sioux Center, Iowa 1,300 Defenders ACHA
Holy Cross College Notre Dame, Indiana 500 Saints ACHA
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, Indiana 3,500 Warriors ACHA
University of Jamestown Jamestown, North Dakota 967 Jimmies ACHA (starting 2016)
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan 4,000 Blue Devils ACHA
Lindenwood University – Belleville Belleville, Illinois 2,600 Lynx ACHA
Life University Marietta, Georgia 2,800 Running Eagles ACHA
University of Michigan–Dearborn Dearborn, Michigan 8,635 Wolverines ACHA
Midland University Fremont, Nebraska 1300 Warriors ACHA
Montana Tech Butte, Montana 2,694 Orediggers ACHA
Robert Morris University Chicago, Illinois 7,000 Eagles ACHA
Rochester College Rochester Hills, Michigan 1,084 Warriors ACHA
St. Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa 3,607 Fighting Bees Independent club
University of Victoria Victoria, British Columbia 16,961 Vikes BCIHL

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