Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League
|Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League
|Division||Women's Division I|
|Sports fielded||Ice Hockey|
|Region||Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont|
The Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League (ECWHL) is an American Collegiate Hockey Association Women's Division I club level hockey-only college athletic conference for women's hockey teams. It is one of three ACHA Women's Division I conferences, along with the Central Collegiate Women's Hockey Association and the Western Women's Collegiate Hockey League.
Primarily, the league has been concentrated in New England and Upstate and Western New York, with eleven of its thirteen members over eleven seasons based in those areas. However, as of 2014-15, one-third of the ECWHL is located in the Mid-Atlantic states.
The University of Rhode Island has been the ECWHL's most successful program in conference play, winning nine playoff championships and seven regular season championships in eleven years. Northeastern University owns the league's sole ACHA National Championship, as the Huskies defeated the University of Minnesota in the final to win in 2011-12.
|University of Massachusetts||Amherst, MA||Minutewomen||1863||Public||27,269||Maroon and White
||William D. Mullins Memorial Center|
|Northeastern University||Boston, MA||Huskies||1898||Private||24,540||Red, Warm Gray and Black
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, PA||Nittany Lions||1855||Public/State-Related||45,518||Blue and White
||Pegula Ice Arena|
|University of Rhode Island||Kingston, RI||Rams||1892||Public||15,800||Keaney Blue, Dark Blue and White
||Bradford R. Boss Arena|
|United States Naval Academy||Annapolis, MD||Midshipmen||1845||Service Academy||4,576||Blue and Gold
||McMullen Hockey Arena|
|University of Vermont||Burlington, VT||Catamounts||1791||Public||11,999||Green and Gold
- Boston University (2003-2005)
- Buffalo (2003-2008, 2009–2014)
- Bates (2004–2007)
- Norwich (2005–2007)
- North Country CC (2005–2007)
- Connecticut (2006-2009)
- Canton (2012–2013)
Notably, four ECWHL members have left the league in order to transition to NCAA varsity status. These alumni programs include Boston University and Penn State in NCAA Division I and Norwich and Canton in NCAA Division III. Penn State re-entered the ECWHL in 2014 with a separate ACHA Division I program.
Playoff Championship Game Results
Beginning with the 2006 playoffs, the previous season's champion serves as the host.
|2004||Rhode Island||3–1||Massachusetts||Kingston, RI|
|2005||Rhode Island||5-4 (OT)||Massachusetts||Amherst, MA|
|2006||Rhode Island||4-2||Massachusetts||Kingston, RI|
|2007||Rhode Island||4-1||Norwich||Kingston, RI|
|2008||Rhode Island||5-4 (3OT)||Massachusetts||Kingston, RI|
|2009||Rhode Island||4-1||Massachusetts||Kingston, RI|
|2010||Rhode Island||Kingston, RI|
|2011||Northeastern||6-5||Rhode Island||Kingston, RI|
|2012||Rhode Island||4-1||Penn State||Boston, MA|
|2014||Rhode Island||2–0||Massachusetts||Amherst, MA|
Regular Season Champions
ACHA National Tournament Appearances
Appearances made while an ECWHL member. Former conference members are in italics.
|Rhode Island||11||2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014||None|
|Massachusetts||10||2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014||None|
|Penn State||3||2004, 2007, 2010||None|
|Northeastern||3||2011, 2012, 2013||2012|
World University Games Selections
Since 2011, the American Collegiate Hockey Association has supplied players for the United States team at the World University Games women's hockey tournament, held biennially and as part of the multi-sport event for college and university student-athletes.
|2011||Erzurum, Turkey||Mo Stroemel (coach)||Penn State||Fourth Place|
|Justine Ducie||Rhode Island|
|Lindsay Reihl||Penn State|
|Denise Rohlik||Penn State|
|Heather Rossi||Penn State|
|Katie Vaughan||Penn State|
|2013||Trentino, Italy||Amanda Abromson||Massachusetts||Bronze Medal|
|Cassie Catlow||Rhode Island|
|Alisha DiFilippo||Rhode Island|
|Lauren Hillberg||Rhode Island|
Notable ACHA Award Winners
|2004-05||Beth McCann||Rhode Island||Coach of the Year|
|2007-08||Beth McCann||Rhode Island||Coach of the Year|
|2008-09||Maura Grainger||Massachusetts||Zoe M. Harris Player of the Year|
|2009-10||Hayley Kuhn||Massachusetts||Off-Ice Most Valuable Player|
|2010-11||Nick Carpentino||Northeastern||Coach of the Year|
|2010-11||Danika Korpacz||Rhode Island||Off-Ice Most Valuable Player|
|2010-11||Sara Chroman||Penn State||Community Play Maker|
|2011-12||Chelsea Dietz||Northeastern||ACHA Tournament MVP|
|2011-12||Sam Gouin||Massachusetts||Off-Ice Most Valuable Player|
|2012-13||Cassie Catlow||Rhode Island||Zoe M. Harris Player of the Year|
|2013-14||Sam Gouin||Massachusetts||Community Play Maker|
- Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League
- UMass Women's Hockey
- Northeastern Women's Club Hockey
- Penn State Women's Ice Hockey Club
- URI Women's Ice Hockey
- Navy Women's Ice Hockey
- UVM Women's Club Ice Hockey
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- "Women's hockey ends seven-year championship streak". The Good 5-Cent Cigar. March 1, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- "(W1) Penn State University 1 @ (W1) Rhode Island, University of 4". American Collegiate Hockey Association. February 26, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- "UMass Wins ECWHL Tournament". UMass Women's Hockey. February 18, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
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