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Eastern College Athletic Conference - East
(ECAC East)
Eastern College Athletic Conference - East logo
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 16
Sports fielded Ice hockey (men's: 10 teams; women's: 14 teams)
Region New York and New England
Headquarters Centerville, Massachusetts
Commissioner Rudy Keeling
Website Men:
Eastern College Athletic Conference - East locations

ECAC East is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference.


There are 16 member schools; the men's division of the ECAC East has ten members, while the women's division has fourteen.

Institution Location Nickname Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined Men's championships Women's championships Primary Conference
Babson College Wellesley, Massachusetts Beavers 1919 Private 1,800 N/A NEWMAC
Castleton State College Castleton, Vermont Spartans 1787 Public 1,800 2004 North Atlantic Conference
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts Crusaders 1843 Private (Catholic) 2,817 Plays in Atlantic Hockey (D-I) Patriot League (D-I)
Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire Ravens 1962 Private 2,871 Northeast Ten Conference (D-II)
Manhattanville College Purchase, New York Valiants 1841 Private 1,700 Plays in ECAC West 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 Middle Atlantic Corporation
New England College Henniker, New Hampshire Pilgrims 1946 Private 1,460 North Atlantic Conference
Nichols College Dudley, Massachusetts Bison 1815 Private 1,459 2008 Plays in ECAC Northeast Commonwealth Coast Conference
Norwich University Northfield, Vermont Cadets 1819 Private (military) 2,000 Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Plymouth State University Plymouth, New Hampshire Panthers 1871 Public 4,192 Plays in MASCAC Little East Conference
Saint Anselm College Goffstown, New Hampshire Hawks 1889 Private (Catholic) 2,000 Northeast Ten Conference (D-II)
Saint Michael's College Colchester, Vermont Purple Knights 1904 Private (Catholic) 2,000 Northeast Ten Conference (D-II)
Salve Regina University Newport, Rhode Island Seahawks 1934 Private (Catholic) 2,134 Plays in ECAC Northeast Commonwealth Coast Conference
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, New York Thoroughbreds 1903 Private 2,500 N/A Liberty League
University of Massachusetts Boston Dorchester, Massachusetts Beacons 1964 Public 10,600 Little East Conference
University of New England Biddeford, Maine Nor'easters 1831 Private 1,606 2009 Commonwealth Coast Conference
University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine Huskies 1878 Public 10,974 Little East Conference

Holy Cross, a Division I school, is not allowed to participate in the ECAC East playoffs, nor is the team eligible for the Division III national tournament.

The same is true for Saint Anselm College and St. Michael's, which are Division II schools. However, their primary conference, the D-II Northeast Ten Conference, sponsors a post-season tournament involving the six member schools that play down to the Division III level in men's hockey. (The other four teams play in the ECAC Northeast.) Saint Anselm College and St. Michael's are thus considered to be members of both the ECAC East and the Northeast Ten in men's hockey.

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