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Upstate New York Collegiate Hockey League (UNYCHL)
Upstate New York Collegiate Hockey League (UNYCHL) logo
Established 2006
Association CHF
Division Division II
Members 26
Sports fielded
Region Northeast
Headquarters Syracuse, New York
Commissioner Jon Marchese (since 2017)
Champions Tier 1: Buffalo Bulls (2nd title)
Tier 2: NCCC Wolves (1st title)
Most titles LeMoyne College
(4 titles)
Website Official website
Tier 2 website

The Upstate New York Collegiate Hockey League is a college ice hockey league comprising teams from smaller colleges and universities in and near Upstate New York that is affiliated with the Collegiate Hockey Federation (CHF). The league is based in New York State and has a majority of teams competing in-state along with some from neighboring Pennsylvania and Vermont.

History[]

The league was founded by Andrew Musto in 2006 with the purpose of creating a league that is a low-cost alternative to higher cost leagues. As of 2017 the league fee per team is $300. League fees are used for playoff ice time, referee fees, scorekeepers, and awards.

At the end of the 2016–17 season, Musto stepped down as commissioner and appointed Jon Marchese the new commissioner. The UNYCHL opened its 11th season with the biggest expansion in its history. The league grew to 23 teams with the additions of SUNY Albany, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, Clarkson University, Niagara County Community College, Binghamton University and Syracuse University as well as the return of Alfred State College, Hilbert College and SUNY Canton. In addition the league was organized into three divisions based on geography to cut down travel.

Before the 2019–2020 season, the league left the ACHA and has joined the Collegiate Hockey Federation.

The league also organizes a second-tier league called UNYCHL Tier 2, which launched with the 2018–19 season. This tier is for new programs in an effort to "provide local area teams an avenue to play competitive hockey while minimizing budgetary impacts and reducing travel costs."[1] UNYCHL T2 holds ten teams which compete among one another for a separate league championship.

Members[]

Tier 1[]

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year
Joined
Nickname Championships Home Rink
East Division
Hamilton College Clinton, New York 1793 Private 1,872 2010 Continentals 2010, 2018 Sage Rink-Delaney Team Center
Le Moyne College Syracuse, New York 1946 Private 2,761 2006 Dolphins 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 Meachem Ice Rink
SUNY Albany Albany, New York 1844 Public 19,000 2017 Great Danes Albany County Hockey Facility
Union College Schenectady, New York 1795 Private 2,194 2012 Dutchmen The Frank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center
Central Division
Clarkson University Potsdam, New York 1896 Private 4,300 2017 Golden Knights Cheel Arena
Binghamton University Vestal, New York 1946 Public Research University 17,292 2017 Bearcats SUNY Broome Ice Center
Ithaca College Ithaca, New York 1892 Private 6,969 2015 Bombers The Rink
SUNY Cortland Cortland, New York 1868 Public 6,858 Red Dragons
Metro Division
Erie Community College Williamsville, New York 1946 Community College 13,649 2018 Kats 2019 Cheektowaga Recreation Ice Arena
Niagara University Lewiston, New York 1856 Private 3,763 2020 Purple Eagles Dwyer Arena
St. John Fisher College Pittsford, New York 1948 Private 2,871 2013 Cardinals 2007 Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
SUNY Brockport Brockport, New York 1867 Public 8,742 2013 Golden Eagles The Tuttle North Ice Arena
University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York 1846 Public 19,951 2014 Bulls 2015, 2020 Northtown Center
University of Rochester Rochester, New York 1850 Private 6,304 2014 Yellowjackets 2014, 2016 Genesee Valley Sports Complex
West Division
Alfred State College Alfred, New York 1908 Public 3,500 2017 Pioneers 2019 Olean Recreation Center
Buffalo State College Buffalo, New York 1871 Public 11,000 2018 Bengals Buffalo State Ice Arena
Canisius College Buffalo, New York 1870 Private 3,464 Golden Griffins
Penn State Behrend Erie, Pennsylvania 1948 Public 5,050 2018 Lions Mercyhurst Ice Center
St. Bonaventure Allegany, New York 1858 Private 1,627 2018 Bonnies William O. Smith Recreation Center
SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, New York 1826 Public 5,100 2018 Blue Devils Steele Hall Ice Arena

Tier 2[]

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year
Joined
Nickname Championships Home Rink
East Division
ACPHS Albany, New York 1881 Private 1,392 2015 Panthers Albany Academy Field House
SUNY Canton Canton, New York 1906 Public 3,550 2017 Roos SUNY Canton Roos House
SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, New York 1889 Public 8,000 2006 Red Dragons Alumni Field House
Paul Smith's College Paul Smiths, New York 1946 Private 1,000 2018 Bobcat Saranac Lake Civic Center
West Division
Alfred State College Alfred, New York 1908 Public 3,500 2017 Pioneers 2019 Olean Recreation Center
Geneseo Geneseo, New York 1871 Public 5,240 2021 Knights Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena (Merritt Athletic Center)
Medaille College Buffalo, New York 1937 Private 2,600 2018 Mavericks Dann Memorial Rink at Nichols School
Niagara County Community College Sanborn, New York 1962 Community College 5,892 2017 Thunder Wolves 2020 Cornerstone Arena
St. John Fisher College Pittsford, New York 1948 Private 2,871 2013 Cardinals 2007 Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
Gannon University Erie, Pennsylvania 1925 Public 3,432 2017 Golden Knights Erie Insurance Arena
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Public 4,363 2021 Lakers Mercyhurst Ice Center
University of Pitt-Bradford Bradford, Pennsylvania 1963 Public 1,564 2021 Panthers Callahan Ice Rink

Former Members[]

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year(s)
Played
Nickname Championships
Cazenovia College Cazenovia, New York 1824 Private 1,000 2007-2012 Wildcats
D'Youville College Buffalo, New York 1908 Private 3,000 2011-2015 Spartans
Hilbert College Hamburg, New York 1957 Private/Catholic 1,089 2011-2015 Hawks
Utica College Utica, New York 1946 Private 3,084 Pioneers
St. Lawrence University Canton, New York 1856 Private 2,398 Saints
Hobart College Geneva, New York 1822 Private 1,928 2013-2017 Statesmen 2017
Onondaga Community College Syracuse, New York 1961 Community 12,000 2013-2019 Lazers
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, New York 1903 Private 2,500 2013-2019 Thoroughbreds
SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, New York 1871 Public 4,950 2013-2019 Knights
Gannon University Erie, Pennsylvania 1925 Private Non-Profit 4,412 2017-2019 Golden Knights
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Private University 4,400 2017-2019 Lakers
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York 1870 Private research university 21,970 2017-2019 Orange
Colgate University Hamilton, New York 1819 Private 3,000 2018-2019 Raiders
Castleton University Castleton, Vermont 1789 Public 2,100 2018-2019 Spartans

Timeline[]

Niagara UniversityErie Community CollegeCastleton UniversityPaul Smith's CollegeColgate UniversitySt Bonaventure UniversityPenn State BehrendSUNY FredoniaBuffalo State CollegeErie Community CollegeSUNY AlbanySyracuse UniversityClarkson UniversityMercyhurst UniversityGannon UniversityNiagara County Community CollegeBinghamton UniversityIthaca CollegeAlbany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesUniversity at BuffaloUniversity of RochesterSkidmore CollegeHilbert CollegeSUNY GeneseoOnondaga Community CollegeHobart and William Smith CollegesSUNY BrockportUnion DutchmenMedaille CollegeMedaille CollegeD'Youville CollegeHamilton ContinentalsSt. John Fisher CollegeSt. John Fisher CollegeCazenovia WildcatsSUNY Canton KangaroosSUNY Canton KangaroosSUNY Oneonta Red DragonsSUNY Oneonta Red DragonsLe Moyne DolphinsAlfred State PioneersAlfred State Pioneers

Seasons[]

Season No. of
teams
Top regular season record Playoff Champion
2006–07 St. John Fisher Cardinals
2007–08 Le Moyne Dolphins
2008–09 Le Moyne Dolphins
2009–10 6 Hamilton Continentals (8–1–1) Hamilton Continentals
2010–11 6 Le Moyne Dolphins (9–1–0) Le Moyne Dolphins
2011–12 7 Le Moyne Dolphins (12–0–0) Le Moyne Dolphins
2012–13 14 Le Moyne Dolphins (10–1–1) Canton Kangaroos
2013-14 University of Rochester/Nazareth College
2014-15 16 Le Moyne and St. John Fisher College (12-2-0) University at Buffalo
2015-16 14 University of Rochester/Nazareth College
2016-17 14 Skidmore (10-2-0) Hobart College
2017-18 23 SUNY Geneseo and University of Rochester (10-2-0) Hamilton Continentals
2018-19 Tier 1: 21

Tier 2: 10

Tier 1: Clarkson University (8-0-0)

Tier 2: Alfred State (7-0-0-1)

Tier 1: Erie Community College

Tier 2: Alfred State

2019-20 Tier 1: 21

Tier 2: 10

Tier 1: St Bonaventure (11-0-0)

Tier 2: ACPHS (8-0-0)

Tier 1: University at Buffalo

Tier 2: Niagara County Community College

2015 Playoffs[]

The 2015 UNYCHL Playoffs were played February 20–22 at the home rink of each #1 and #2 seeds and 27th and 28th at Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga, New York.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1 St. John Fisher College 4
4 SUNY Brockport 3
1 LeMoyne College 1
2 University at Buffalo 6
2 University at Buffalo 7
3 University of Rochester 6
1 St. John Fisher College 3
2 University at Buffalo 4 (OT)
1 LeMoyne College 6
4 Skidmore College 4
1 St. John Fisher College 4
2 Hamilton College 2
2 Hamilton College 5
3 Union College 3

2016 Playoffs[]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1 University of Rochester 9
4 SUNY Geneseo 2
1 University of Rochester 10
3 Union College 6
2 University at Buffalo 3
3 St. John Fisher College 1
1 University of Rochester 7 (OT)
2 Hamilton College 6
1 Hamilton College 6
4 Onondaga Community College 3
1 Hamilton College 4
2 University at Buffalo 0
2 LeMoyne College 2
3 Union College 5

2017 Playoffs[]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1 University at Buffalo 5
4 SUNY Geneseo 1
1 Skidmore College 4
3 Hobart College 9
2 University of Rochester 5
3 Hobart College 9
1 University at Buffalo 2
3 Hobart College 3
1 Skidmore College 8
4 LeMoyne College 5
1 University at Buffalo 5
2 Union College 4
2 Union College 9
3 St. Lawrence University 3

Awards[]

Coach of the Year[]

Year Coach Team Division Coach Team Division
2007 Andrew Musto LeMoyne College
2008 Henry Gaspe Cazenvovia College
2009 Andrew Musto LeMoyne College
2010 Andrew Musto LeMoyne College
2011 April Harper SUNY Oneonta
2012 Bob Shattell LeMoyne College
2013 Zachary Schwann Skidmore College
2014 Jim Doersam University at Buffalo West Matt McDermott Union College East
2015 Randy Smallridge St. John Fisher College West Bob Shattell LeMoyne College East
2016 Justin Niebel University of Rochester West Charlie Boynton Onondaga Community College East
2017 Edd Kirchberger University at Buffalo West Matt McDermott Union College East

League MVP[]

Year Player Team Division Player Team Division
2007 Matt Selover St. John Fisher College
2008 Dan Deacon LeMoyne College
2009 Dan Deacon LeMoyne College
2010 Bob Shattell LeMoyne College
2011 Leif Catania & Aaron Srebnik Skidmore College
2012 Eric Manley LeMoyne College
2013 Justin Cunningham LeMoyne College
2014 Brett Barton University of Rochester West Charlie Gawne Union College East
2015 Andrew Simonelli St. John Fisher College West Garrett Ordway LeMoyne College East
2016 Steve Sachman SUNY Brockport West Matt Morgia ACPHS East
2017 Ryan Peterson University of Rochester West Luc Chatelin Skidmore College East

Playoff MVP[]

Year Player Team Division
2014 Brett Barton University of Rochester West
2015 Adam Oetinger University at Buffalo West
2016 Kyle Schwartz University of Rochester West
2017 Zach McCloskey Hobart College West
2019 Sean Kross Erie Community College Metro
2020 Ryan O'Donnell University at Buffalo Metro

Records[]

Team Records[]

Least Penalty Minutes in a Season
60 - Skidmore College - 2015-2016
Team Goals Against Average in a Season
2.50 - LeMoyne College - 2014-2015
Team Goals For in a Season
123 - Hamilton College - 2014-2015
  • These records began tracking at the beginning of the 2014 - 2015 season.

Individual Records[]

Most points in a Season
42 - Matt Morgia - ACPHS - 2015-2016
Most Goals in a Season
25 - Andrew Tullo - Union College - 2015-2016
Most Assists in a Season
20 - Matt Morgia - ACPHS - 2015-2016
  • These records began tracking at the beginning of the 2014 - 2015 season.

See also[]

References[]

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