Hockey East

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Hockey East Association
(HEA)
Hockey East Association logo
Established 1984
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Members 12
Sports fielded Ice hockey (men's: 11 teams (12 in 2014); women's: 8 teams)
Region New England
Midwest (one school)
Headquarters Wakefield, Massachusetts
Commissioner Joe Bertagna
Website http://www.hockeyeastonline.com
Locations
Hockey East Association locations

The Hockey East Association, also known by the short name of Hockey East, is a college ice hockey conference which operates mostly in New England. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference.[1]

Hockey East came into existence in 1984 for men's hockey when most of its current members split apart from what is today known as ECAC Hockey.[2] It largely sought to emulate the Big East Conference, which had grown quickly since its creation a few years earlier. The women's league began play in 2002.[3][4]

On October 5, 2011, the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (an ACC member outside football) announced they would be joining Hockey East as the conference's first non-New England school in 2013 after the CCHA folded.[5] The University of Connecticut (UConn) and Hockey East jointly announced on June 21, 2012 that UConn's men's team, currently in Atlantic Hockey, would join the school's women's team in Hockey East in 2014.[6] On October 24, 2013, Merrimack College, already a member of the Hockey East men's league, announced that it would upgrade its women's team from club level to full varsity status effective in 2015 and join the Hockey East women's league.[7]

Members[edit]

There are currently twelve member schools; the men's division of Hockey East has eleven members, while the women's division has eight.[8][9]

Institution City State Nickname Founded Affiliation Enrollment Primary Conference
Boston College Chestnut Hill Massachusetts Eagles 1863 Private/Catholic (Jesuit) 14,640 ACC
Boston University Boston Massachusetts Terriers 1839 Private/Non-sectarian (formerly Methodist) 31,766 Patriot League
University of Connecticut Storrs Connecticut Huskies (Women, Men in 2014–15) 1881 Public 27,500 American
University of Maine Orono Maine Black Bears 1865 Public 11,222 America East
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst Massachusetts Minutemen (Men) 1863 Public 27,269 Atlantic 10
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell Massachusetts River Hawks (Men) 1894 Public 16,969 America East
Merrimack College North Andover Massachusetts Warriors (Men, Women in 2015-16) 1947 Private/Catholic (Augustinian) 2,490 Northeast Ten (D-II)
University of New Hampshire Durham New Hampshire Wildcats 1866 Public 16,025 America East
Northeastern University Boston Massachusetts Huskies 1898 Private/Non-sectarian 20,749 CAA
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame Indiana Fighting Irish (Men) 1842 Private/Catholic (Congregation of Holy Cross) 11,733 ACC
Providence College Providence Rhode Island Friars 1917 Private/Catholic (Dominican) 4,585 Big East
University of Vermont Burlington Vermont Catamounts 1791 Public 11,999 America East

Expansion[edit]

Joining Institution City State Nickname Founded Affiliation Enrollment Primary Conference
2014 University of Connecticut Storrs Connecticut Huskies (Men) 1881 Public 26,629 American
2015 Merrimack College North Andover Massachusetts Warriors (Women) 1947 Private/Catholic 2,490 Northeast Ten (D-II)

Membership timeline[edit]

Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockey Vermont Catamounts men's ice hockey Connecticut Huskies men's ice hockey UMass Minutemen ice hockey Merrimack Warriors men's ice hockey Providence Friars men's ice hockey Northeastern Huskies men's ice hockey New Hampshire Wildcats men's ice hockey Maine Black Bears men's ice hockey UMass Lowell River Hawks men's ice hockey Boston University Terriers men's ice hockey Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey

  Men     Women     Both  

Champions[edit]

Men's[edit]

The Hockey East Championship Game has been held in Boston since 1987, at the Boston Garden, and now the TD Garden,[10] since 1996.[11] The first two were held in Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Civic Center (now the Dunkin' Donuts Center).[2]

The final game and the semifinal games are held on consecutive nights in mid-March at the Garden. The quarterfinal round takes place the previous weekend. The top eight teams in the league advance to the quarterfinal round: the quarterfinal round series are 2-out-of-3 series with all games played at the higher seed's rink. There have been two cases where the #8 seed won on the #1 team's ice.[12]

Women's[edit]

The Hockey East Championship was held in Boston from its inception in 2003 until 2007. The event was held at Northeastern's Matthews Arena in 2003 and 2004 before moving to BU's Walter Brown Arena in 2005. The tournament returned to Matthews Arena in 2006, was held at UNH's Whittemore Center in 2007, and at UConn's Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in 2008. The tournament went back to UNH in 2009, Providence in 2010, and the last campus to host was Boston University in 2011. The tournament moved to Hyannis MA in 2012 and will be held there in the future. [13]

Rivalries[edit]

Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern all take part in the annual Beanpot tournament with Harvard of ECAC Hockey.

Beginning in 2013, Boston College and Notre Dame's fierce rivalry, the Holy War on Ice, will be a conference one as Notre Dame has joined Hockey East. The two are rivals in other sports as well, as both are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference for most sports (though Notre Dame's football team remains independent, they play BC in that sport on a regular basis). Maine also has a large rivalry with New Hampshire, often called "The Border War".

Conference arenas[edit]

Hockey East membership beginning in 2013-14.
School Hockey Arena Capacity
Boston College Silvio O. Conte Forum 7,884
Boston University Agganis Arena 6,224
Boston University Walter Brown Arena 3,806
Connecticut Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum 2,000
Maine Alfond Arena 5,641
Massachusetts Mullins Center 8,329
Merrimack J. Thom Lawler Arena 3,000
New Hampshire Whittemore Center Arena 6,501
Northeastern Matthews Arena 4,666
Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena 5,022
Providence Schneider Arena 3,030
UMass Lowell Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell 6,496
Vermont Gutterson Fieldhouse 4,003

Awards (Men's)[edit]

At the conclusion of each regular season schedule the coaches of each Hockey East team vote which players they choose to be on the three All-Conference Teams:[14] first team, second team and rookie team (except for 1985–86 when no rookie team was selected). Additionally they vote to award up to 6 individual trophies to an eligible player at the same time. Hockey East also awards a Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player, which is voted on at the conclusion of the conference tournament. Four of these awards have been bestowed every year that Hockey East has been in operation.[15]

Television Rights[edit]

Hockey East games air locally on NESN and nationally on NBCSN.[16] [17]

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