The United Collegiate Hockey Conference is a planned hockey conference that is scheduled to start play with the 2017-18 hockey season. The conference is scheduled to have men's and women's leagues. The conference will play at the NCAA Division III level.
The conference was announced on October 4, 2016. The conference announced the inclusion of the following ten men's and women's teams Chatham Cougars, Elmira Soaring Eagles, Hobart Statesmen, King's College Kings, Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen, Manhattanville Valiants, Neumann Knights, Stevenson Mustangs, Utica Pioneers, William Smith Herons. The conference will also include the Nazareth Golden Flyers men's team. The men's and women's Wilkes University Colonels will be also added to the conference playing an abbreviated schedule in 2017-18 and a full schedule in 2018-19.
However, the Middle Atlantic Conferences announced on October 13, 2016 that they would start to sponsor men's and women's ice hockey also starting with the 2017-18 season. The following teams were announced as being members King's College Kings, Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen, Manhattanville Valiants, Stevenson Mustangs, and the Wilkes University Colonels which would appear to eliminate five programs from the conference. However, the MAC is using the same format that the Ivy League uses to determine its' champion as they use the ECAC conference games to determine their champion.
Wilkes University announced on November 9, 2016 that they were delaying the start of play for the men's hockey team until 2018-19 due to the head coach they had hired (Michael Young) deciding to remain as the head coach of the Westfield State Owls. the school felt it would be in the best interest to delay the start to have time to hire a new head coach and give them a full recruiting cycle to develop a roster for the 2018-19 season.
On April 13, 2017 Nazareth University announced the addition of women's ice hockey for the 2018-19 season.
On August 3, 2017 it was announced the Wilkes University Colonels were delaying the start of the women's hockey program to 2018-19 due to lower than anticipated roster size.