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Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Division III Conference
Founded: 1971 (ice hockey: 2009)
Number of teams: 7
Commissioner: Angela Baumann
Defending champions (men): Plymouth State Panthers

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) is a league in NCAA Men's Division III.  The conference was established in 1971.  Men's ice hockey was sponsored from 1971-72 through 2002-03 seasons and then was reestablished starting with the 2008-09 season.


Team Location Arena
Fitchburg State Falcons Fitchburg, Massachusetts Wallace Civic Center
Framingham State Rams Framingham, Massachusetts Loring Arena
Plymouth State Panthers Plymouth, New Hampshire Hanaway Rink
Salem State Vikings Salem, Massachusetts Rockett Arena
Mass-Dartmouth Corsairs Dartmouth, Massachusetts Hetland Arena
Westfield State Owls Westfield, Massachusetts Amelia Park Ice Arena
Worcester State Lancers Worcester, Massachusetts Hart Center (Holy Cross)

Of all the conference schools only Plymouth State and Salem State offer women's ice hockey.  The women's teams play in New England Hockey Conference. Plymouth State is located in New Hampshire and they are an affiliated (for hockey only) member of the conference along with U-Mass Dartmouth both joining the conference jor the 2008-09 men's ice hockey season.

Mass Maritime was added to the conference in September of 1974.

Lowell State College was a member until July of 1975 when the school merged with Lowell Tech and the schools were collectively renamed the University of Lowell and later  UMass-Lowell, this school is now a member of NCAA Division I Hockey East.

Boston State was a member until 1982 when the school was merged in to UMass-Boston.  The school now plays in the former ECAC East, which is now known as the New England Hockey Conference.

In 1997, North Adams State was renamed Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  The athletic teams changed their nickname from Mohawks to Trailblazers in 2002.  The school was concerned about the use (and public backlash of a Native American name for its' team.  The Trailblazers name was chosen since there are several notable trails including the Mohawk Trail (a trading route that was used to linked the pre-Colonial populations of of New England and upstate New York Other trails such as the African-American Heritage Trail, Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, Molly Stark Trail, Taconic Trail and the Mount Greylock trail system.[1]

Prior to the 2009-10 season, all these teams were in the ECAC Northeast (except Salem State, which was in the ECAC East). In 2008, Westfield State restarted their program after 30 years, which brought the number of MASCAC teams playing men's hockey to 7, enough for an automatic bid. As such, MASCAC began sponsoring hockey in 2009 and these seven teams left their old conferences.

On August 26, 2014 it was announced that Western Connecticut State Colonials will join the conference as an affiliated member for men's ice hockey starting with the 2015-16 season.  However, the school cancelled the program for the 2015-16 season due to financial concerns and suspended the American Collegiate Hockey Association team as well.

Three MASCAC members do not presently participate in varsity level men's hockey; they are Bridgewater State, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (based in North Adams, Massachusetts) and Mass Maritme Academy (based in Buzzard's Bay).  Bridgewater State and MMA have a men's club hockey team and MCLA had sponsored a varsity team until 2003.

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