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New England Women's Hockey Alliance
The New England Women's Hockey Alliance is a women's collegiate hockey conference that started as an informal scheduling partnership for the 2017-18 season.

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.

The Holy Cross Crusaders would join Hockey East for the 2018-19 season.

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.[1]

On December 9, 2019 it was announced that the Stonehill Skyhawks would be added to the conference for the 2021-22 season.[2]

Member TeamsEdit

Team Location Arena
Franklin Pierce Ravens Rindge, New Hampshire Jason Ritchie Ice Arena
LIU Sharks Brooklyn and Brookville, New York Islanders Iceworks and Northwell Health Ice Center
Post University Eagles Waterbury, Connecticut Sports Center of Connecticut
Sacred Heart Pioneers Fairfield, Connecticut Sports Center of Connecticut
Saint Anselm Hawks Goffstown, New Hampshire Sullivan Arena
St. Michael's Purple Knights Colchester, Vermont C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena

Future MemberEdit

Team Location Arena Notes
Stonehill Skyhawks Easton, Massachusetts
(campus)
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
(practice and games)
Bridgewater Ice Arena joining for 2021-22 season

Former MemberEdit

Team Location Arena Tenure Fate
Holy Cross Crusaders Worcester, Massachusetts Hart Center 2017-18 Join Hockey East for 2018-19

SeasonsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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