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This is the 2017-18 American Collegiate hockey season.

NCAA Division IEdit

Membership ChangesEdit

  • The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's hockey program join the Big Ten Conference as associate members; leaving Hockey East
  • The Holy Cross Crusaders women's ice hockey program is being elevated to Division I status with the women's program at the school joining Hockey East for the 2018-19 season.
  • On March 29, 2017; the University of North Dakota announced that the school is cutting the women's ice hockey program effective the end of the 2016-17 academic year. The reason stated was a $1.3 million budget shortfall due to the school attempting to meet minimum standards of the Summit League which most of the school's athletic teams are moving to for 2017-18. The men's and women's swimming and diving programs were also cut at the school. The school announced UND will honor all athletic scholarships for the discontinued sports “at their present equivalencies for returning student-athletes."

Feasibility StudyEdit

With the help of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association a feasiblity study program is being done to look for candidates for schools to add programs at the Division I level in both men's and women's ice hockey.  As part of the announcement it was announced that the first candidate was the University of Illinois-Champaign

In mid-October of 2017 Oakland University based in suburban Detroit was added to the list for both men and women.  The school had added club level programs for both men and women in 1999.  Currently, there is no women's Division I programs in the state of Michigan.

Men'sEdit

Women'sEdit

NCAA Division IIEdit

Membership ChangesEdit

The Northeast-10 Conference reorganizes itself for the 2017-18 season as the St. Anselm Hawks and St. Michael's Purple Knights become full time members of the men's hockey conference after the Division III New England Hockey Conference becomes strictly a Division III only league starting with the 2017-18 season. The Conference also adds the Post University Eagles as a scheduling partner to give each team 18 games. Post University who started play in 2015-16 as a Division II Independent will not be a part of the conference's post season tournament.

Men'sEdit

NCAA Division IIIEdit

Conference ChangesEdit

  • On October 7, 2016 Bryn Athyn College announced they were moving their men's hockey program (Bryn Athyn Lions) to Division III varsity status. The school has been competing at the ACHA Men's Division III level. The school already has an on-campus rink in the Jungé Ice Rink. Nicknamed the Lion's Den, the facility is an open to air facility.

Men'sEdit


Women'sEdit


NAIAEdit

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics added a sponsored conference in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.  The initial conference to sponsor men's ice hockey is the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.  Five schools are making up the new conference for the 2017-18 season.  A championship tournament was held in March 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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