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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 appears to have started play with the 1992-93 season as all seven founding men's ice hockey members joined from the ECAC West (an 8th team SUNY-Binghamton (now Binghamton University), 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 (from looking at the results the teams were matched up based upon ECAC West results).  The Buffalo State College team joined for 1993-94.  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. 


Team Location Arena
Brockport Golden Eagles Brockport, NY Tuttle North Ice Arena
Buffalo State Bengals Buffalo, NY Buffalo State Sports Complex Ice Arena
Cortland Red Dragons Cortland, NY Alumni Ice Arena
Fredonia Blue Devils Fredonia, NY Steele Hall Ice Arena
Geneseo Ice Knights Genesco, NY Wilson Ice Arena
Morrisville Mustangs Morrisville, NY Morrisville State IcePlex
Oswego Great Lakers Oswego, NY Marano Campus Center Arena
Plattsburgh Cardinals Plattsburgh, NY Ronald B Stafford Ice Arena
Potsdam Bears Potsdam, NY Maxci Ice Arena


Conference Tournament ChampionsEdit

The conference appears to have hosted a tournament for its men's hockey member prior to starting play in 1992-93. Prior to the 1992-93 season all seven founding members were members of ECAC West and the playoffs were based upon the team standings in that conference.

no tournament held prior to the 1984-85 season

Regular Season ChampionsEdit

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