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Commonwealth Coast Conference
Commonwealth Coast Conference
Founded: 2016
Number of teams: 8
Defending champions (men): Endicott Gulls
Defending champions (women): Starts with 2020-21 season
Website: League website
The Commonwealth Coast Conference "CCC" is a NCAA Division III men's ice hockey league that  began play with the 2016-17 season.  The CCC was first established in 1984 as an all-sport NCAA Division III conference.  The CCC is an all-sport conference which already is the all-sport home to Curry, Endicott, Nichols, Salve Regina, University of New England, Wentworth, and Western New England.  With the University of New England establishing its program there is now seven teams playing D-III men's hockey and that would qualify the new conference for an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.  The other three schools are "staying" with the conference under its' "new name".  The CCC was first established in 1984 as an all-sport NCAA Division III conference.

Addition of Women's HockeyEdit

On October 4, 2019 the Commonwealth Coast Conference, which is an all-sports NCAA Division III Conference, announced it would be starting to sponsor women's hockey. It will assume operations of the Colonial Hockey Conference. As part of the announcement it was announce that the Suffolk Rams would be joining the conference for 2020-21 and that Western New England Golden Bears would be starting a women's team for 2020-21. This will make six of the seven members of the CHC also being full members of the CCC with the Becker Hawks being an associate member of the conference for both men's and women's hockey. With having seven members the conference will retain its automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.[1]

Men's LeagueEdit

Seven of the conference's current members already sponsored men's ice hockey. (Previous conference affiliation for men's ice hockey)

Three institutions would also join the conference as associate members for men's ice hockey:

The following conference member schools do not sponsor men's or women's varsity ice hockey:

Around the same time as the CCC announced its' formation the ECAC East conference (men's and women's) announced it would secede from the ECAC and form their own conference which will be known as the New England Hockey Conference.  Due to membership remaining consistent during the process both conferences retained automatic NCAA tournament qualifier spots.  Traditionally, new conferences are subject for up to a two-year waiting period for automatic qualification and would have to compete for Pool B bids in the interim.

On January 26, 2017; it was announced that the Johnson and Wales Wildcats and Suffolk Rams would be leaving the conference to join the New England Hockey Conference for the 2018-19 season.

Suffolk would return to the men's league for 2020-21 along with a new women's program when the women's conference started play wit the 2020-21 season Eastern Nazarene College Lions (Crusaders until 2009) (announced the addition of ice hockey in 1964, but no history found on team). The team would leave the conference for the New England Collegiate Conference in 2018.

MembershipEdit

Men'sEdit

Team Location Arena
Becker Hawks Worcester, Massachusetts New England Sports Center
Curry Colonels Milton, Massachusetts Canton Ice House
Endicott Gulls Beverly, Massachusetts Raymond J Bourque Arena
Nichols Bison Dudley, MA Levy Rink
Salve Regina Seahawks Newport, Rhode Island Portsmouth Abbey Ice Rink
University of New England Nor'Easters Biddeford, Maine Harold Alfond Forum
Wentworth Leopards Boston, Massachusetts Walter Brown Arena, Allied Veterans Rink
Western New England Golden Bears Springfield, Massachusetts Olympia Ice Center

The conference begins sponsoring women's ice hockey with the 2020-21 season. All of the teams with the exception of Wentworth sponsor women's ice hockey by the start of the 2021-22 season.

Year by YearEdit

Season Regular Season Champions Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament Teams
ECAC Northeast
1998-99 Fitchburg State Falcons Fitchburg State Falcons None
1999-00 Fitchburg State Falcons Wentworth Leopards Wentworth Leopards (Quarterfinals)
2000-01 Tufts Jumbos Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen (Quarterfinals)
2001-02 Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen Wentworth Leopards Wentworth Leopards (Quarterfinals)
2002-03 Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen & Wentworth Leopards (#1 seed) Wentworth Leopards Wentworth Leopards (Quarterfinals)
2003-04 Curry Colonels Wentworth Leopards Wentworth Leopards (Quarterfinals)
2004-05 Curry Colonels Curry Colonels Curry Colonels (Quarterfinals)
2005-06 Mass-Dartmouth Corsairs Mass-Dartmouth Corsairs Mass-Dartmouth Corsairs (Quarterfinals)
2006-07 Mass-Dartmouth Corsairs Mass-Dartmouth Corsairs Mass-Dartmouth Corsairs (Quarterfinals)
2007-08 Curry Colonels Mass-Dartmouth Corsairs Mass-Dartmouth Corsairs (First Round)
2008-09 Nichols Bison Nichols Bison None
2009-10 Wentworth Leopards Curry Colonels Curry Colonels (First Round)
2010-11 Curry Colonels Curry Colonels Curry Colonels (First Round)
2011-12 Wentworth Leopards Wentworth Leopards Wentworth Leopards (Quarterfinals)
2012-13 Wentworth Leopards Wentworth Leopards Wentworth Leopards (First Round)
2013-14 Nichols Bison Nichols Bison Nichols Bison (First Round)
2014-15 Nichols Bison Nichols Bison Nichols Bison (First Round)
2015-16 Endicott Gulls Salve Regina Seahawks Salve Regina Seahawks (First Round)
Commonwealth Coast Conference
2016-17 Endicott Gulls (#1 seed) and Nichols Bison Endicott Gulls Endicott Gulls (Quarterfinals)
2017-18 Salve Regina Seahawks Nichols Bison Nichols Bison (Quarterfinals)
Salve Regina Seahawks(Final)
University of New England Nor'Easters (First Round)
2018-19 Salve Regina Seahawks University of New England Nor'Easters University of New England Nor'Easters
2019-20 University of New England Nor'Easters Endicott Gulls

Endicott Gulls (Tournament cancelled before it starts)

Tiebreaker for Seeding and/or QualificationEdit

In the event of a tie in total points in the regular-season standings, the following procedure shall be applied in the designated order to break all ties for seeding or to determine the final team(s) that will qualify for the conference championship:

  1. Head to head competition between all tied teams;
  2. Head to head competition against other conference teams. The tied teams will be compared to the first place, second place, third place, etc. until one team holds an advantage over the other tied teams;
  3. Winning percentage versus common non-conference opponents;
  4. Highest strength of schedule (SOS) in the latest available NCAA regional rankings;
  5. Coin toss. In a three-way tie requiring the use of a coin flip, three coins will be flipped simultaneously, with the “odd toss” winning the tiebreaker and the remaining teams starting over from step one (head-to-head comparison).

Note: Ties will be resolved from the top of the standings down for the purposes of resolving ties further down the standings. Should multiple ties exist at two different positions in the standings and each tie depends on the other to be broken (a circular deadlock), the tied teams higher in the standings shall proceed down the above criteria. In the event that three or more teams are tied, when one or more teams can be eliminated by either “winning” (at the top) or “losing” (at the bottom) a specific step in the tiebreaker, the remaining tied teams will be treated as a “new” tie and the procedure will start over from step one.

Women's League membersEdit

Team Location Arena Tenure
Becker Hawks Worcester, Massachusetts New England Sports Center 2020-present
Curry Colonels Milton, Massachusetts Canton Ice House 2021-new program
Endicott Gulls Beverly, Massachusetts Raymond J Bourque Arena 2020-present
Nichols Bison Dudley, Massachusetts Levy Rink 2020-present
Salve Regina Seahawks Newport, Rhode Island St. George's School Ice Rink 2020-present
Suffolk Rams Boston, Massachusetts Porrazzo Memorial Rink 2020-present
University of New England Nor'Easters Biddeford, Maine Harold Alfond Forum 2020-present
Western New England Golden Bears Springfield, Massachusetts Olympia Ice Center 2020-present

ReferencesEdit

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