Hockey East

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Hockey East Association
Hockey East
Hockey East Association logo.svg
Established1984
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Members12
Sports fielded
Region New England
Headquarters Wakefield, Massachusetts
CommissionerJoe Bertagna
Website http://www.hockeyeastonline.com
Locations
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The Hockey East Association, also known as Hockey East, is a college ice hockey conference which operates entirely in New England. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference. [1]

College ice hockey US and Canadian amateur collegiate ice hockey competition

College ice hockey is played in Canada and the United States, though leagues exist outside North America.

New England Region in the northeastern United States

New England is a region composed of six states in the northeastern United States: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It is bordered by the state of New York to the west and by the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick to the northeast and Quebec to the north. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east and southeast, and Long Island Sound is to the south. Boston is New England's largest city, as well as the capital of Massachusetts. Greater Boston is the largest metropolitan area, with nearly a third of New England's population; this area includes Worcester, Massachusetts, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Providence, Rhode Island.

National Collegiate Athletic Association American athletic organization

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates student athletes from 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Contents

Hockey East came into existence in 1984 for men's hockey when most of its current members split from what is today known as ECAC Hockey, after disagreements with the Ivy League members. [2] The women's league, the WHEA, began play in 2002. [3] [4]

ECAC Hockey US collegiate ice hockey conference

ECAC Hockey is one of the six conferences that compete in NCAA Division I ice hockey. The conference used to be affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference, a consortium of over 300 colleges in the eastern United States. This relationship ended in 2004; however, the ECAC abbreviation was retained in the name of the hockey conference. ECAC Hockey is the only ice hockey conference with identical memberships in both its women's and men's divisions.

Ivy League Athletic conference of 8 American universities

The Ivy League is an American collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. The term Ivy League is typically used to refer to those eight schools as a group of elite colleges beyond the sports context. The eight members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Ivy League has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.

On October 5, 2011, the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (an ACC member outside football) announced they would be joining Hockey East as the conference's first non-New England school in 2013 after the CCHA folded. [5] On March 22, 2016, Notre Dame subsequently announced their men's hockey team would leave Hockey East for the Big Ten Conference at the start of the 2017-2018 season. [6] The University of Connecticut (UConn) and Hockey East jointly announced on June 21, 2012 that UConn's men's team, then in Atlantic Hockey, would join the school's women's team in Hockey East in 2014. [7] On October 24, 2013, Merrimack College, already a member of the Hockey East men's league, announced that it would upgrade its women's team from club level to full varsity status effective in 2015 and join the Hockey East women's league. [8]

University of Notre Dame Private Catholic university in Notre Dame, Indiana, United States

The University of Notre Dame du Lac is a private Catholic research university in Notre Dame, Indiana, outside the city of South Bend. The main campus covers 1,261 acres (510 ha) in a suburban setting and it contains a number of recognizable landmarks, such as the Golden Dome, the Word of Life mural, the Notre Dame Stadium, and the Basilica. The school was founded on November 26, 1842, by Edward Sorin, who was also its first president.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish intercollegiate sports teams of the University of Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the athletic teams that represent the University of Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish participate in 23 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I intercollegiate sports and in the NCAA's Division I in all sports, with many teams competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Notre Dame is one of only 16 universities in the United States that plays Division I FBS football and Division I men's ice hockey. The school colors are Gold and Blue and the mascot is the Leprechaun.

Central Collegiate Hockey Association

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) was a college athletic conference that participated in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference. The majority of its members were located in the states of Michigan and Ohio, although it also had teams located in Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Nebraska over the course of its existence.

On May 2, 2017, the College of the Holy Cross announced that it would join Hockey East for women's hockey only starting in 2018-19. [9]

College of the Holy Cross United States historic place

The College of the Holy Cross, or better known simply as Holy Cross, is a private Jesuit liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and one of the oldest in the United States.

Members

There are currently 12 member schools, with 11 participating in the men's division and 10 in the women's division. [10] [11]

InstitutionLocationFoundedAffiliationEnrollmentPrimary ConferenceNicknameColors
Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1863Private/Catholic (Jesuit)14,640 ACC Eagles          
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 1839Private/Non-sectarian (formerly Methodist)31,766 Patriot League Terriers          
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881Public32,027 American
(Big East in 2020)
Huskies          
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts 1843Private/Catholic (Jesuit)2,787 Patriot League Crusaders (women) [lower-alpha 1]     
University of Maine Orono, Maine 1865Public11,222 America East Black Bears               
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts 186327,269 Atlantic 10 Minutemen (Men)         
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Massachusetts 189418,316 America East River Hawks (Men)              
Merrimack College North Andover, Massachusetts 1947Private/Catholic (Augustinian)3,653 NEC Warriors          
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire 1866Public14,761 America East Wildcats               
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts 1898Private/Non-sectarian20,749 CAA Huskies          
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island 1917Private/Catholic (Dominican)4,585 Big East Friars               
University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont 1791Public11,999 America East Catamounts          
  1. Men play in Atlantic Hockey

Former members

InstitutionLocationNicknameJoinedLeftConference left forCurrent conferenceColors
University of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana Fighting Irish (Men)20132017 Big Ten (affiliate)         

Membership timeline

Holy Cross Crusaders women's ice hockeyNotre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockeyVermont Catamounts men's ice hockeyUConn Huskies men's ice hockeyUMass Minutemen ice hockeyMerrimack Warriors men's ice hockeyProvidence Friars men's ice hockeyNortheastern Huskies men's ice hockeyNew Hampshire Wildcats men's ice hockeyMaine Black Bears men's ice hockeyUMass Lowell River Hawks men's ice hockeyBoston University Terriers men's ice hockeyBoston College Eagles men's ice hockeyHockey East

  Men    Women    Both  

Champions

Men's

The Hockey East Championship Game has been held in Boston since 1987, first at the Boston Garden and now the TD Garden, [12] since 1996. [13] The first two were held in Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Civic Center (now the Dunkin' Donuts Center).

Boston State capital of Massachusetts, U.S.

Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States, as well as the 21st most populous city in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 694,583 in 2018, making it also the most populous city in New England. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County as well, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most populous in the United States.

Boston Garden Indoor arena in Boston, Massachusetts, USA between 1928-1997

Boston Garden was an arena in Boston, Massachusetts. Designed by boxing promoter Tex Rickard, who also built the third iteration of New York's Madison Square Garden, it opened on November 17, 1928 as "Boston Madison Square Garden" and outlived its original namesake by 30 years. It was above North Station, a train station which was originally a hub for the Boston and Maine Railroad and is now a hub for MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak trains.

TD Garden Multi-purpose arena in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

TD Garden, often called The Garden and formerly known as the FleetCenter is a multi-purpose arena in Boston, Massachusetts. With a capacity of nearly 20,000 people, it is New England’s largest arena for sports, concerts, and conventions. It is named after its sponsor, TD Bank, a subsidiary of Canada's Toronto-Dominion Bank. It opened in 1995 as a replacement for the original Boston Garden and has been known as FleetCenter, and TD Banknorth Garden. The arena is located directly above the MBTA's North Station.

The final game and the semifinal games are held on consecutive nights in mid-March at the Garden. The quarterfinal round takes place the previous weekend. The top eight teams in the league advance to the quarterfinal round: the quarterfinal round series are 2-out-of-3 series with all games played at the higher seed's rink. There have been two cases where the #8 seed won on the #1 team's ice. [14]

Women's

The Hockey East Championship was held in Boston from its inception in 2003 until 2007. The event was held at Northeastern's Matthews Arena in 2003 and 2004 before moving to BU's Walter Brown Arena in 2005. The tournament returned to Matthews Arena in 2006, was held at UNH's Whittemore Center in 2007, and at UConn's Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in 2008. The tournament went back to UNH in 2009, Providence in 2010, and the last campus to host was Boston University in 2011. The tournament moved to Hyannis, Massachusetts in 2012, and Lawler Arena on the Merrimack College campus in North Andover, Massachusetts in 2016.

Rivalries

Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern all take part in the annual Beanpot tournament with Harvard of ECAC Hockey.

The previously existing fierce rivalry between Boston College and Notre Dame, the Holy War on Ice, became a conference matchup with Notre Dame's arrival in Hockey East. The two are rivals in other sports as well, as both are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference for most sports (though Notre Dame's football team remains independent, they play BC in that sport on a regular basis). Maine also has a major rivalry with New Hampshire, often called "The Border War". Providence and UConn also have a great rivalry which spills over from the basketball court.

Rivalry NameTrophyMeetingsBeganLast
Green Line Rivalry -27419182018
Holy War on Ice Lefty Smith – John "Snooks" Kelley Memorial Trophy4319692017
Maine–New Hampshire men's ice hockey rivalry 12819792018

Conference arenas

Hockey East membership beginning in 2017-18.
Holy Cross (in green) joined the women's league in 2018-2019. Map of Hockey East members beginning with 2017-18.png
Hockey East membership beginning in 2017–18.
Holy Cross (in green) joined the women's league in 2018-2019.
SchoolHockey ArenaCapacity
Boston College Silvio O. Conte Forum 7,884
Boston University Agganis Arena (men)
Walter Brown Arena (women)
6,224
3,806
Holy Cross Hart Center 1,600
Maine Alfond Arena 5,641
Merrimack J. Thom Lawler Arena 2,549
New Hampshire Whittemore Center Arena 6,501
Northeastern Matthews Arena 4,666
Providence Schneider Arena 3,030
UConn XL Center (men)
Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum (women)
8,089 [lower-alpha 1]
2,000
UMass Mullins Center 8,329
UMass Lowell Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell 6,496
Vermont Gutterson Fieldhouse 4,003
  1. The XL Center has a hockey capacity of 15,635, but UConn caps ticket sales at 8,089. [15]

Awards

Men's

At the conclusion of each regular season schedule the coaches of each Hockey East team vote which players they choose to be on the three All-Conference Teams: [16] first team, second team and rookie team (except for 1985–86 when no rookie team was selected). Additionally they vote to award up to 6 individual trophies to an eligible player at the same time. Hockey East also awards a Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player and names a tournament all-star team, which are voted on at the conclusion of the conference tournament. Four of these awards have been bestowed every year that Hockey East has been in operation. [17] In addition, the Scoring Champion and Goaltending Champions are named based solely on statistics the players made during the season.

Women's

The award for the top HEA player each year is the Cammi Granato Award, awarded since 2009. The NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Player of the year, the Patty Kazmaier Award, has been won by HEA players Brooke Whitney (Northeastern) in 2002, Alexandra Carpenter (Boston College) in 2015, and Kendall Coyne (Northeastern) in 2016.

Television Rights

Hockey East games air locally on NESN and nationally on NBCSN. [18] [19]

Related Research Articles

2008 NCAA Division I Mens Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. The tournament began on March 28, 2008, and ended with the championship game on April 12.

2004 NCAA Division I Mens Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. It began on March 26, 2004, and ended with the championship game on April 10. A total of 15 games were played. This was the first season in which the Atlantic Hockey sent a representative to the tournament. Atlantic Hockey assumed possession of the automatic bid that had been the possession of the MAAC after it collapsed and all remaining ice hockey programs formed the new conference.

2003 NCAA Division I Mens Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. The tournament began on March 28, 2003, and ended with the championship game on April 12. A total of 15 games were played. 2003 was the first year 16 teams were invited to the tournament and was the first expansion of the tournament since 1988 when it increased from eight to 12 teams. The first and second rounds of the 2003 tournament were divided across four regional sites, an increase from the two regional format in place since 1992.

2001 NCAA Division I Mens Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 12 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey.

2000 NCAA Division I Mens Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 12 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey.

The 2010–11 Hockey East women's ice hockey season marked the continuation of the annual tradition of competitive ice hockey among Hockey East members.

The 2011–12 Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey team represented Boston College in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season. The team was coached by Jerry York, '67, his eighteenth season behind the bench at Boston College. The Eagles played their home games at Kelley Rink on the campus of Boston College, competing in Hockey East.

Holy War on Ice

The Holy War on Ice refers to the college ice hockey series between Boston College and Notre Dame. Boston College is a member of the Hockey East conference, while Notre Dame is a member of the Big Ten for ice hockey. The two teams first met in 1969, predating the football rivalry from which the hockey series gets its name.

The 2006 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 22nd Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 9 and March 18, 2006. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament, Boston University received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

The 1999 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 15th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 11 and March 20, 1999. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament, Boston College received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

The 2000 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 16th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 9 and March 18, 2000. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament, Maine received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 2000 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

The 2001 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 17th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 8 and March 17, 2001. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament, Boston College received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

The 2002 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 18th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 7 and March 16, 2002. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament New Hampshire received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

The 2003 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 19th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 6 and March 17, 2003. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament New Hampshire received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

The 2004 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 20th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 11 and March 20, 2004. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament Maine received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

The 2005 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 21st Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 10 and March 19, 2005. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament Boston College received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

The following is a list of NCAA women's collegiate ice hockey teams, and conferences they compete in, that compete for berths in the annual NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Tournament. The championship has existed since the 2000–2001 season and conferences include the university teams of Divisions I and II of the NCAA.

The 2007 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 23rd Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 8 and March 17, 2007. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament Boston College received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

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