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Hockey East Association is a college athletic conference which operates in New England. It participates in the NCAA’s Division I as a hockey-only conference.

 

Hockey East came into existence in 1984 for men’s hockey when most of its current members split apart from what is today known as ECAC Hockey. It largely sought to emulate the Big East Conference, which had grown quickly since its creation a few years earlier. The women’s league began play in 2002.

Members

There are currently 11 member schools; the men’s division of Hockey East has ten members, while the women’s division has eight.

Institution

Location

Nickname

Founded

Affiliation

Enrollment

Primary Conference

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Eagles

1863

Private/Catholic (Jesuit)

9,019

ACC

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Terriers

1839

Private/Non-Sectarian

32,000

America East

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

Huskies (Women)

1881

Public

27,500

Big East

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

Black Bears (men’s team article)

1865

Public

11,222

America East

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

Minutemen (Men)

1863

Public

25,633

Atlantic 10

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

River Hawks (Men)

1894

Public

11,208

Northeast Ten (D-II)

Merrimack College

North Andover, Massachusetts

Warriors (Men)

1947

Private/Catholic

2,174

Northeast Ten (D-II)

University of New Hampshire

Durham, New Hampshire

Wildcats

1866

Public

16,025

America East

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Huskies

1898

Private/Non-sectarian

22,942

CAA

Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island

Friars

1917

Private/Catholic

3,648

Big East

University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

Catamounts

1791

Public

9,675

America

East

    * Boston College

          o 7-time Hockey East men’s champions (1987, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007)

          o 10-time Hockey East men’s regular season champions (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005)

          o 2-time ECAC men’s champions (1965, 1978)

          o 1-time ECAC men’s regular season champions (1980)

          o 2-time NCAA men’s champions (1949, 2001)

    * Boston University

          o 6-time Hockey East men’s champions (1986, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2006)

          o 7-time Hockey East men’s regular season champions (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006)

          o 5-time ECAC men’s champions (1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)

          o 6-time ECAC men’s regular season champions (1965, 1967, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1979)

          o 4-time NCAA men’s champions (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995)

    * University of Connecticut (women only; men compete in Atlantic Hockey)

    * University of Maine

          o 5-time Hockey East men’s champions (1989, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2004)

          o 3-time Hockey East men’s regular season champions (1988, 1993, 1995)

          o 2-time NCAA men’s champions (1993, 1999)

    * University of Massachusetts Amherst (men only)

    * University of Massachusetts Lowell (men only)

          o 3-time NCAA Division II men’s champions (1979, 1981, 1982)

    * Merrimack College (men only)

          o 1-time NCAA Division II men’s champions (1978)

    * University of New Hampshire

          o 2-time Hockey East men’s champions (2002, 2003)

          o 6-time Hockey East men’s regular season champions (1992, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007)

          o 2-time Hockey East women’s champions (2006, 2007)

          o 4-time Hockey East women’s regular season champions (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

          o 1-time ECAC men’s champions (1979)

          o 1-time ECAC men’s regular season champions (1974)

          o 5-time ECAC women’s champions (1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1996)

          o 1-time women’s national champions (1998) *crowned by AWCHA, pre-dated NCAA Women’s Frozen Four)

    * Northeastern University

          o 1-time Hockey East men’s champions (1988)

          o 1-time ECAC men’s champions (1982)

          o 3-time ECAC women’s champions (1988, 1989, 1997)

    * Providence College

          o 2-time Hockey East men’s champions (1985, 1996)

          o 3-time Hockey East women’s champions (2003, 2004, 2005)

          o 2-time Hockey East women’s regular season champions (2003, 2005)

          o 2-time ECAC men’s champions (1964, 1981)

          o 2-time ECAC men’s regular season champions (1964, 1983)

          o 5-time ECAC women’s champions (1985, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)

    * University of Vermont

          o 1-time ECAC men’s regular season champions (1996)

List of Men’s Hockey East Championship Games

The Hockey East Championship Game has been held in Boston since 1987, at the FleetCenter, now the TD Banknorth Garden, since 1996. The first two were held in Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Civic Center (now the Dunkin’ Donuts Center).

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.

    * 1985 Providence def. Boston College 2-1 (ot)

    * 1986 Boston University def. Boston College 9-4

    * 1987 Boston College def. Maine 4-2

    * 1988 Northeastern def. Maine 4-3

    * 1989 Maine def. Boston College 5-4

    * 1990 Boston College def. Maine 4-3

    * 1991 Boston University def. Maine 4-3 (ot)

    * 1992 Maine def. New Hampshire 4-1

    * 1993 Maine def. Boston University 5-2

    * 1994 Boston University def. UMass Lowell 3-2

    * 1995 Boston University def. Providence 3-2

    * 1996 Providence def. Maine 3-2

    * 1997 Boston University def. New Hampshire 4-2

    * 1998 Boston College def. Maine 3-2

    * 1999 Boston College def. New Hampshire 5-4 (ot)

    * 2000 Maine def. Boston College 2-1

    * 2001 Boston College def. Providence 5-3

    * 2002 New Hampshire def. Maine 3-1

    * 2003 New Hampshire def. Boston University 1-0 (ot)

    * 2004 Maine def. Massachusetts 2-1 (ot)

    * 2005 Boston College def. New Hampshire 3-1

    * 2006 Boston University def. Boston College 2-1 (ot)

    * 2007 Boston College def. New Hampshire 5-2

List of Women’s Hockey East Championship Games

The Hockey East Championship has been held in Boston since 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 then returned to Matthews Arena in 2006 and will be held at UNH’s Whittemore Center in 2007.

    * 2003 Providence def. New Hampshire 1-0

    * 2004 Providence def. New Hampshire 3-0

    * 2005 Providence def. Connecticut 3-1

    * 2006 New Hampshire def. Boston College 6-0

    * 2007 New Hampshire def. Providence College 3-1

Conference arenas

School

Hockey Arena

Capacity

Boston College

Kelley Rink

7,884

Boston University (men’s team)

Agganis Arena

6,224

Boston University (women’s team)

Walter Brown Arena

3,806

Connecticut

Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum

2,000

Maine

Alfond Arena

5,641

Massachusetts

Mullins Center

8,329

Merrimack

J. Thom Lawler Arena

2,982

New Hampshire

Whittemore Center

6,501

Northeastern

Matthews Arena

5,900

Providence

Schneider Arena

3,030

UMass Lowell

Tsongas Arena

6,496

Vermont

Gutterson Fieldhouse

4,035

 

Hockey East (Men’s) Awards

    * The Lamoriello Trophy named after Lou Lamoriello- Awarded to the Conference Champion

    * CCM / Bob Kullen Coach of the Year

    * CCM Player of the Year

    * Superskills Hockey Rookie of the Year

    * Len Ceglarski Award - Awarded to an individual student for displaying good sportsmanship.

    * Charles E. Holt Sportsmanship Award - Awarded to the team with the lowest average of penalty minutes per game in Hockey East play.

    * Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman

    * Best Defensive Forward

    * Itech Three Stars Award


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