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SUNYAC, the State University of New York Athletic Conference, is a league in NCAA Men's Division III comprised solely of schools in the State University of New York system. 

The conference has sponsored men's ice hockey since the 1977-78 season.  However, the conference dates back to September 19, 1958. The conference was originally known as the New York State Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NYSIAC), which later was re-designated the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) in 1963.

Enough SUNYAC schools sponsored men's ice hockey as far back as 1986-87 for the conference to get an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament however, the conference started play with the 1992-93 season as all seven founding men's ice hockey members joined from the ECAC West (an 8th team Binghamton Colonials (now Binghamton Bearcats), ended its program after the 1991-92 season and later elevated its whole athletic program to Division I in 2001).  However, the conference tournament dates back to 1985 (the teams were matched up based upon ECAC West results).  The Buffalo State College team joined for 1993-94.  During these seasons, the teams also participated in the ECAC playoffs.

The Morrisville Mustangs joined the conference for the 2007-08 season.

The Canton Kanagroos are playing as a Division III Independent as they are in the process of elevating their program to varsity status from the club level ACHA.  They are believed to be eventually joining the conference over the next few seasons as the school completed a state of the art athletic facility (the SUNY Canton Athletic and Recreation Center, called the CARC on campus) in 2011 which included a hockey rink. 

MembershipEdit

Team Location Arena
Brockport Golden Eagles Brockport, New York Tuttle North Ice Arena
Buffalo State Bengals Buffalo, New York

Buffalo State Sports Arena

Cortland Red Dragons Cortland, New York Alumni Ice Arena
Fredonia Blue Devils Fredonia, New York Steele Hall Ice Arena
Geneseo Ice Knights Geneseo, New York Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena
Morrisville Mustangs Morrisville, New York Morrisville Iceplex
Oswego Great Lakers Oswego, New York Marano Campus Center Ice Arena
Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh, New York Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena
Potsdam Bears Potsdam, New York Maxcy Ice Arena

SeasonsEdit

Sub-Conference with in ECAC West
Season Regular Season Champion Conference Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Teams
1977-78 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals No Tournament
1978-79 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals No Tournament
1979-80 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers No Tournament
1980-81 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers No Tournament

Division II

Plattsburgh Cardinals (Third Place)

1981-82 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals &
Oswego Great Lakers
No Tournament

Division II

Plattsburgh Cardinals (Third Place)

1982-83 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals No Tournament
1983-84 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers No Tournament
1985 SUNYAC Tournament Oswego Great Lakers Plattsburgh Cardinals

Division III

Plattsburgh Cardinals (Fourth Place)

1986 SUNYAC Tournament Geneseo Ice Knights Geneseo Ice Knights

Plattsburgh Cardinals (Runner Up) (Vacated)

1987 SUNYAC Tournament Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals

Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champs) Oswego Great Lakers (Runner Up)

1988 SUNYAC Tournament Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals (Quarterfinals)
1989 SUNYAC Tournament Oswego Great Lakers Oswego Great Lakers
1990 SUNYAC Tournament Geneseo Ice Knights Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals (Runner Up)
1991 SUNYAC Tournament Geneseo Ice Knights Oswego Great Lakers
1992 SUNYAC Tournament Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champs)
Formal Conference Play Begins
1992-93 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals
1993-94 SUNYAC Season Fredonia Blue Devils Fredonia Blue Devils
1994-95 SUNYAC Season Fredonia Blue Devils Fredonia Blue Devils Fredonia Blue Devils (Runner Up)
1995-96 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Potsdam Bears
1996-97 SUNYAC Season Fredonia Blue Devils Plattsburgh Cardinals
1997-98 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers Plattsburgh Cardinals
1998-99 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals
1999-00 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals
2000-01 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals (National Champs)
2001-02 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals
2002-03 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers Oswego Great Lakers Oswego Great Lakers (Runner Up)
2003-04 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals
2004-05 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers Geneseo Ice Knights
2005-06 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers Geneseo Ice Knights
2006-07 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers Fredonia Blue Devils Oswego Great Lakers (National Champs)
2007-08 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals (Runner Up)
2008-09 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals
2009-10 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers Oswego Great Lakers
2010-11 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers Plattsburgh Cardinals
2011-12 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers Plattsburgh Cardinals

Oswego Great Lakers (Runner Up)

2012-13 SUNYAC Season Oswego Great Lakers Oswego Great Lakers Oswego Great Lakers (Runner Up)
2013-14 SUNYAC Season Geneseo Ice Knights Oswego Great Lakers
2014-15 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh Cardinals
2015-16 SUNYAC Season Plattsburgh Cardinals Geneseo Ice Knights
2016-17 SUNYAC Season TBD TBD TBD

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