Post #84 – 5/27/23 – New Teams + Old Ones

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New teams start up… old ones comeback to life

College hockey is expanding. D-III will add 3 new programs for the 23-24 season. The Milwaukee School of Engineering will begin play in the NCHA as will The University of Dubuque (Iowa). The untimely closing of Finlandia University paved the way for U of D to begin its women’s and men’s programs for next season. Connecticut and New Haven based Albertus Magnus College, will begin play as an independent this coming season before joining the NEHC for 24-25.

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announced plans to add women’s hockey to its conference portfolio by absorbing the NEWHL, the North East Women’s Hockey League, effective July 1. The new conference will include Buffalo State, Cortland, Oswego, Plattsburgh and Potsdam while Canton and Morrisville will become associate members of the SUNYAC.

On the D-I side, one new program begins and old familiar program gets resurrected. The New England Women’s Hockey Alliance welcomes its 8th member, Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh re-joins College Hockey America after the program was cancelled (as well as the men’s program) just after its NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021. That is an important add because the CHA gets back to 6 teams – the NCAA requirement for any conference to receive an auto-bid to the NCAA Tournament. Congrats to Coach Bittle & staff on getting things back-up and running. 

At the AHCA Coaches Convention in Naples, FL reliable sources indicated to our coaching body there is a school in Michigan (we don’t know which one) that is rumored to be very close to announcing they are starting a D-I program. That is exciting and I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Utica University (New York), SUNY-Binghamton (New York), Le Moyne College (New York) and Bentley University in Boston have all intimated about starting programs, but no one has pulled the trigger yet.
Until Next Time Everyone… Be Well and take Care.


Until Next Time Everyone… Be Well and take Care,

-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Paid subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


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Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College and beginning his 4th season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amateur and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

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