Origins of the conferenceEdit
The Franklin Pierce Ravens, Holy Cross Crusaders, St. Anselm Hawks and St. Michael's Purple Knights all become independents for 2017-18 as a result of the New England Hockey Conference adopting a Division III only membership policy. Holy Cross is Division I in all other sports including men's ice hockey and the others are all Division II schools as members of the Northeast-10 which does not sponsor women's ice hockey.
The Post University Eagles, which have been playing as an Independent Division II women's ice hockey team had announced it will enter into a scheduling alliance for the 2017-18 season with the five other NCAA women's independent programs (Holy Cross Crusaders, Sacred Heart Pioneers, Franklin Pierce Ravens, St. Anselm Hawks and St. Michael's Purple Knights).
The Sacred Heart Pioneers continue to play as a Division I Independent while joining the scheduling alliance for 2017-18.
On September 26, 2018 it was announced that the conference would announce its' intent to recognized as an NCAA national collegiate women's hockey conference.
|Stonehill Skyhawks|| Easton, Massachusetts|
(practice and games)
|Bridgewater Ice Arena||joining for 2021-22 season|
|Holy Cross Crusaders||Worcester, Massachusetts||Hart Center||2017-18||Join Hockey East for 2018-19|
|Season||Regular Season Champion||Tournament Champion|
|2017-18||Saint Anselm Hawks||Saint Anselm Hawks|
|2018-19||Saint Anselm Hawks||Saint Anselm Hawks|
|2019-20||Sacred Heart Pioneers||LIU Sharks|