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New England Hockey Conference
NCAA Division III Conference
New England Hockey Conference logo
Founded: 1965
Number of teams: Men: 10
Women: 13
Commissioner: Rudy Keeling
Defending champions (men): Norwich Cadets
Defending champions (women): Norwich Cadets
Website: mens: http://www.nehockeyconference.com/men/index.php

women's: http://www.nehockeyconference.com/women/index.php

New England Hockey Conference (known as ECAC East prior to 2015-16 season) is a league in NCAA Men's Division III and Women's Division III.

Conference SeasonsEdit

Men'sEdit

Women'sEdit

Men's ConferenceEdit

Team Town Arena
Babson Beavers Wellesley, MA Babson Skating Center
Castleton State Spartans Castleton, VT Spartan Arena
New England Pilgrims Henniker NH Lee Clement Arena
Norwich Cadets Northfield, VT Kreitzberg Arena
Skidmore Thoroughbreds Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Springs Ice Rink
St. Anselm Hawks Goffstown, NH Sullivan Arena
St. Michael's Purple Knights Colchester, VT C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena
U New England Nor'Easters Biddeford, ME Harold Alfond Forum
Southern Maine Huskies Gorham, ME USM Ice Arena
Mass-Boston Beacons Boston MA Beacons Ice Arena

Women's ConferenceEdit

Team Town Arena
Castleton State Spartans Castleton, VT Spartan Arena
Franklin Pierce Ravens Rindge, NH Jason Ritchie Ice Arena
Holy Cross Crusaders Worcester, MA Hart Ice Rink
Manhattanville Valiants Purchase, NY Playland Ice Casino
New England College Pilgrims Henniker, NH Lee Clement Arena
Nichols Bison Dudley, MA Levy Rink
Norwich Cadets Northfield, VT Kreitzberg Arena
Plymouth State Panthers Plymouth, NH Hanaway Rink
Saint Anselm Hawks Goffstown, NH Sullivan Arena
Salve Regina Seahawks Newport, RI St. George's School Ice Rink
Southern Maine Huskies Gorham, ME USM Ice Arena
St. Michael's Purple Knights Colchester, VT C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena
UMass-Boston Beacons Boston, MA Beacons Ice Arena
New England Nor'Easters Biddeford, ME Harold Alfond Arena

Single Gender Teams (other gender team's league)Edit

Its men's member teams are:

Its women's member teams are:

Membership ChangesEdit

In 1998, the Skidmore Thoroughbreds join the conference.

In 1999, the men's conference loses the Amherst Lord Jeffs, Bowdoin Polar Bears, Colby Mules, Connecticut College Camels, Hamilton Continentals, Middlebury Panthers, Trinity Bantams, Wesleyan Cardinals, and Williams Ephs when they form the New England Small College Athletic Conference. In 2001, 10 members of the women's conference broke off to form the New England Small College Athletic Conference's women's conference and the Salve Regina Seahawks joined the conference from being a Division III Independent and St. Michael's Purple Knights join the conference as a new program. St. Michael's also joined the men's conference.

In 2002 New England College Pilgrims joined the conference after being a Division III Independent for their first season

In 2005, the Rensselaer Engineers (women) left ECAC East and became a Women's Division I team.

The Plymouth State Panthers women's program began in 2006 and joined the conference in 2007.

In 2007, the RIT Tigers (women) left ECAC East for the ECAC West  and the Norwich Cadets women's ice hockey team joined the conference

The Nichols Bison women's program began play in 2008.

The Salem State Vikings (men) left ECAC East when the MASCAC re-formed in 2009.

In 2009, the MIT Engineers women's team has been discontinued  by the university.  The team had played a reduced schedule for most of its existence.  There was no men's team.

The Franklin Pierce Ravens (D-II) and University of New England Nor'Easters (D-III) women's teams joined the conference in 2014 from being an Independent

Teams ineligible for Conference Tournament or NCAA TournamentEdit

The Holy Cross Crusaders (women) are a Division I team playing a Division III schedule. The St. Anselm Hawks and St. Michael's Purple Knights (men and women) are Division II teams playing Division III schedules. None of those three teams is eligible for the ECAC East playoffs or the Division III tournament.  This appears to be true in the new conference as well.  St. Anselm and St. Michael's  have participated in a Northeast-10 conference playoff tournament even though they don't play in the conference during the regular season.

Men's Conference Tournament ChampionsEdit

note: University of Lowell is now known as UMass-Lowell (a member of Division I Hockey East)

Women's Conference Tournament ChampionsEdit

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