The Western New England Golden Bears are NCAA Men's Division III and women's Division III teams in Commonwealth Coast Conference. The school was called Western New England College until July of 2011 when it was renamed Western New England University. The university is located in a suburban neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts near the border with Wilbraham, Massachusetts. The team had played out of the Smead Arena in Springfield about 2.5 miles (4 km) off campus until 2016. The team moved to the Olympia Ice Center in Springfield for the 2016-17 season. The women's team starts play with the 2020-21 season.
The program was established for the 1980-81 season. The team appears to have joined the ECAC for the 1983-84 season. The team became become a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference as the ECAC Northeast morphed into the CCC for the 2016-17 season. Please see Western New England Golden Bears men's ice hockey.
On June 26, 2019 the university announced that the would start a women's program starting with the 2020-21 season. Please see Western New England Golden Bears women's ice hockey.