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Niagara Purple Eagles
Niagara Purple Eagles
Institution: Niagara University
Location: Lewiston, New York
School founded: 1856
Enrollment: 2,600
President: Rev. Joseph L. Levesque
Athletic Director: Ed McLaughlin
Colors: Purple and White
Home Arena: Dwyer Arena
Capacity: 2,100
Dimensions: 200'x85'
Men's Team
Conference: Atlantic Hockey
Coach: Dave Burkholder (RIT '84)
Conf. Championships: CHA: 2000, 2004, 2008
Major Rivals: Canisius, Robert Morris
Women's Team
Conf. Championships: none
NCAA Championships: none
Major Rivals: Mercyhurst

The Niagara Purple Eagles are a Men's Division I team in Atlantic Hockey and a former Women's Division I.

Men's programEdit

After several years of playing at the club level, the team turned varsity in the 1996-97 season, which they played as a Division III program playing in the ECAC West.

In 1999 they became charter members of the College Hockey America, joining two other independent teams (Air Force and Army) and three former Division II teams (Alabama–Huntsville, Bemidji State and Findlay).

Niagara went undefeated in conference play that season, 1999–00, winning the conference tournament and gaining an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament, as the conference did not gain an automatic bid until the 2003 tournament. The purple eagles upset the University of New Hampshire to advance to the Elite Eight, where they lost to North Dakota. North Dakota went on to win that national championship.

Niagara also won the College Hockey America Championship in 2004 and 2008, appearing in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship again those years. In 2004 they lost against Boston College and in 2008 against Michigan.

On January 29, 2009, Niagara University announced that the team was moving to Atlantic Hockey beginning in the 2010-11 season

Women's programEdit

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Air Force | American Int'l | Army | Bentley | Canisius | Connecticut | Holy Cross | Mercyhurst | Niagara | RIT | Robert Morris | Sacred Heart

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