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The United Collegiate Hockey Conference is men's and women's American collegiate hockey conference that started play with the 2017-18 hockey season.   The conference plays at the NCAA Division III level. 

The conference was announced on October 4, 2016.  The conference announced the inclusion of the following ten men's and women's teams  Chatham Cougars, Elmira Soaring Eagles, Hobart Statesmen, King's College Kings, Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen, Manhattanville Valiants, Neumann Knights, Stevenson Mustangs, Utica Pioneers, William Smith Herons.  The conference will also include the Nazareth Golden Flyers men's team.  The men's and women's Wilkes University Colonels will be also added to the conference playing an abbreviated schedule in 2017-18 and a full schedule in 2018-19. 

However, the Middle Atlantic Conferences announced on October 13, 2016 that they would start to sponsor men's and women's ice hockey also starting with the 2017-18 season.  The following teams were announced as being members King's College Kings, Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen, Manhattanville ValiantsStevenson Mustangs, and the Wilkes University Colonels which would appear to  eliminate five programs from the conference.  However, the MAC is using the same format that the Ivy League uses to determine its' champion as they use the ECAC conference games to determine their champion.

Wilkes University announced on November 9, 2016 that they were delaying the start of play for the men's hockey team until 2018-19 due to the head coach they had hired (Michael Young) deciding to remain as the head coach of the Westfield State Owls.  the school felt it would be in the best interest to delay the start to have time to hire a new head coach and give them a full recruiting cycle to develop a roster for the 2018-19 season.

In January of 2017 the Hobart Statesmen would be announced as withdrawing from the UCHC and joining the New England Hockey Conference for the 2017-18 season.

On April 13, 2017 Nazareth University announced the addition of women's ice hockey for the 2018-19 season.

On August 3, 2017 it was announced the Wilkes University Colonels were delaying the start of the women's hockey program to 2018-19 due to lower than anticipated roster size.

For the 2018-19 season, the men's conference changed the tournament format to first to three point playoff series for the semifinal and final rounds. The tournament was single elimination for 2017-18.

It was announced on August 29, 2019 that both teams representing Arcadia University located in Glenside, Pennsylvania will join the conference for the 2021-22 season.[1]

Men's MembershipEdit

Team Centre Arena Tenure
Chatham Cougars Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Alpha Ice Complex 2017-present
Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira, New York Murray Athletic Center Arena 2017-present
King's College Monarchs Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Centre 2017-present
Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen Annville, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Arena 2017-present
Manhattanville Valiants Purchase, New York Playland Ice Casino (Rye, NY) 2017-present
Nazareth Golden Flyers Pittsford, New York Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex 2017-present
Neumann Knights Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex 2017-present
Stevenson Mustangs Stevenson, Maryland &
Owings Mills, Maryland
Reisterstown Sportsplex 2017-present
Utica Pioneers Utica, New York Utica Memorial Auditorium 2017-present
Wilkes University Colonels Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Toyota SportsPlex 2018-present

Former MembersEdit

Team Centre Arena Tenure Fate
Hobart Statesmen Geneva, New York Geneva Recreation Complex Skating Rink 2017 join New England Hockey Conference before conference starts play

Men's ChampionsEdit

The conference emerged out of the ECAC West and it inherited it's "B pool" status as either the UCHC champion or the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion was usually given a spot in the field for the conferences first two seasons. With the 2019-20 season the conference would earn its' first automatic bid to the tournament.

Season Regular Season Tournament NCAA Tournament Teams
2017-18 Utica Pioneers Utica Pioneers No bid to tournament
2018-19 Utica Pioneers Manhattanville Valiants Manhattanville Valiants (Quarterfinals)
2019-20 Utica Pioneers Utica Pioneers Utica Pioneers  (Tournament Cancelled)

Women's MembershipEdit

Team Centre Arena Tenure
Alvernia Golden Wolves Reading, Pennsylvania Santander Arena & Body Zone 2019-present
Chatham Cougars Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Alpha Ice Complex 2017-present
Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira, New York Murray Athletic Center Arena 2017-present
King's College Monarchs Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Centre 2017-present
Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen Annville, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Arena 2017-present
Manhattanville Valiants Purchase, New York Playland Ice Casino (Rye, NY) 2017-present
Nazareth Golden Flyers Pittsford, New York Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex 2018-present
Neumann Knights Aston, Pennsylvania IceWorks Skating Complex 2017-present
Stevenson Mustangs Stevenson, Maryland &
Owings Mills, Maryland
Reisterstown Sportsplex 2017-present
Utica Pioneers Utica, New York Utica Memorial Auditorium 2017-present
Wilkes University Colonels Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Toyota SportsPlex 2019-present
William Smith Herons Geneva, New York Geneva Recreation Complex Skating Rink 2017-present

Future MemberEdit

Team Centre Arena Joining
Arcadia Knights Glenside, Pennsylvania Hatfield Ice (Colmar, Pennsylvania) 2021

Women's ChampionsEdit

Season Regular Season Tournament NCAA Tournament Teams
2017-18 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (Lost Final)
2018-19 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles (Lost Quarterfinals)
2019-20 Elmira Soaring Eagles Elmira Soaring Eagles

Elmira Soaring Eagles (Tournament Cancelled)

ReferencesEdit

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