The roots of Nipissing University date back to 1947, when residents of North Bay formed a committee with the goal of establishing a university within in the city. The 1958 Northeastern University Committee continued their efforts in the following years. By 1960, Northeastern University was established. To ensure its funding as a university-level institution, Northeastern University signed an affiliation agreement with Laurentian University in 1967 and was renamed Nipissing College.
In 1972, the College Education Centre officially opened. This building, which is still home to Nipissing University, was shared between multiple other educational institutions including Canadore College, a school of nursing, and a teachers' college. In 1973, the North Bay Teachers' College was incorporated into Nipissing University as the Faculty of Education.
Nipissing University received its charter as an independent university in 1992, thus allowing the school to grant baccalaureate degrees. On December 12, 2001, the government of Ontario passed a bill revising the university's charter to permit it to grant graduate degrees.
The Nipissing Lakers hockey team joined the OUA conference in 2009-10.
|2010 OUA||28||12||15||1||100||107||25||E 7th|
|2010 Playoffs||2||0||2||-||?||?||0||E quarters|
|2011 OUA||28||17||8||3||99||89||37||E 4th|
|2011 Playoffs||4||2||2||-||?||?||4||E semis|
|2012 OUA||28||17||7||4||120||102||38||E 3rd|
|2012 Playoffs||2||0||2||-||?||?||0||E quarters|
|2013 OUA||28||14||12||2||95||86||30||E 6th|
|2013 Playoffs||5||2||3||-||?||?||4||E semis|
|2014 OUA||28||7||16||5||93||120||19||E 8th|
|2014 Playoffs||2||0||2||-||?||?||0||E quarters|
|2015 OUA||26||12||12||2||84||93||26||E 6th|
|2015 Playoffs||2||0||2||-||?||?||0||E quarters|
|2016 OUA||28||12||12||4||73||98||28||E 6th|
|2016 Playoffs||2||0||2||-||1||9||0||E quarters|
|2017 OUA||28||8||18||2||57||93||18||E 9th|
|2018 OUA||28||9||15||4||67||93||22||E 7th ø|
|2018 playoffs||2||0||2||-||4||10||0||E 7th|
|2019 OUA||28||8||19||1||81||118||17||E 9th|
|2020 OUA||28||8||17||3||76||113||19||E 9th|
|2021 OUA||Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|2022 OUA||18||10||7||1||55||60||21||E 2nd|
|2022 playoffs||2||1||1||-||5||3||2||E semis|
- UQTR forfeited 8 wins and 3 OT losses (19 pts) for using an ineligible player. The teams that benefited are: Lakehead (4 pts), Laurentian (4), Nipissing (3), Carleton (2), Queen's (2).
- 2009-10 returned to the two division format: East and West.
- E means East division,
- Brock Badgers
- Guelph Gryphons
- Lakehead Thunderwolves
- Laurier Golden Hawks
- Ryerson Rams
- Toronto Varsity Blues
- Waterloo Warriors
- Western Ontario Mustangs
- Windsor Lancers
- York Lions
- Carleton Ravens
- Concordia Stingers
- Laurentian Voyageurs
- McGill Redmen
- Nipissing Lakers
- Ottawa Gee-Gees
- Queen's Golden Gaels
- RMC Paladins
- UOIT Ridgebacks
- UQTR Patriotes