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An NCAA Division III Independent is a team that plays under the sanctioning of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and their guidelines for Division III play. Division III emphasizes academics over athletics, as there are no athletic scholarships. Teams playing in this category are usually new programs that have either started from scratch or elevated a club program to varsity status. At the Division III level, the team usually only play for a season or two as an independent as some conferences prefer a program to be established prior to accepting them into their conference. Some teams start up giving a previously existing all sport conference enough members to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for their conference tournament winner.

Men's Division III IndependentsEdit

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Women's Division III IndependentsEdit

Team Season(s) Destination
Buffalo State Bengals 1999-2001 join ECAC West
St. Michael's Purple Knights 2000-2001 join ECAC East (as a Division II program)
Salve Regina Seahawks 2000-2001 join ECAC East
Cortland Red Dragons 2000-2001 join ECAC West
New England Pilgrims 2001-2002 join ECAC East
Plymouth State Panthers 2006-2007 join ECAC East
Adrian Bulldogs 2007-2009 join Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
Franklin Pierce Ravens 2012-2014 join ECAC East (as a Division II program)
University of New England Nor'Easters 2012-2014 join ECAC East
Stevenson Mustangs 2012-2015 join Colonial Hockey Conference
Canton Kangaroos 2013-2017 Anticipated joining ECAC West but entry has been delayed
Daniel Webster Eagles 2015-2016 team's final season cancelled due to lack of players and school closing
Northland Lumberjills 2016-2017 join Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen 2016-2017 join United Collegiate Hockey Conference for 2017-18 season
Franklin Pierce Ravens 2017-2018 join New England Women's Hockey Alliance (as a Division II program)
Holy Cross Crusaders 2017-2018 join New England Women's Hockey Alliance (as a Division I program)
Saint Anselm Hawks 2017-2018 join New England Women's Hockey Alliance (as a Division II program)
St. Michael's Purple Knights 2017-2018 join ECAC East (as a Division II program)
Anna Maria Amcats 2019-present New program
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