ECAC Northeast

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Eastern College Athletic Conference - Northeast
(ECAC Northeast)
Eastern College Athletic Conference - Northeast logo
Dissolved 2016
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 8
Sports fielded Ice hockey
Region Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Headquarters Centerville, Massachusetts
Commissioner Rudy Keeling
Eastern College Athletic Conference - Northeast locations

The ECAC Northeast was an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference. For many years it was one of the three men's hockey conferences that operated under the umbrella of the Eastern College Athletic Conference; the others were the ECAC East (now the New England Hockey Conference), and the ECAC West (soon to be the United Collegiate Hockey Conference). Member institutions were located in the New England region of the United States, in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Unlike the ECAC East and ECAC West, there was no women's division of the ECAC Northeast. Most ECAC Northeast schools did not sponsor women's ice hockey; the two that did (Nichols & Salve Regina) played in the ECAC East.

The ECAC Northeast dissolved in 2016 when The Commonwealth Coast Conference, a Division III all-sports conference and the primary conference of most ECAC Northeast members, decided to sponsor men's ice hockey as a varsity sport.[1] Becker, Johnson and Wales, and Suffolk joined the CCC as associate members for ice hockey, while CCC member University of New England moved their men's team from the ECAC East to play in the CCC league.[1]


There were nine member schools as of the conference's final season in 2015–16.

Institution Location Team Name Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined Primary Conference
Becker College Worcester, Massachusetts Hawks 1784 Private 1,784[2] New England Collegiate Conference
Curry College Milton, Massachusetts Colonels 1879 Private 2,979[3] Commonwealth Coast Conference
Endicott College Beverly, Massachusetts Gulls 1939 Private 3,258[4] 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference
Johnson and Wales University Providence, Rhode Island Wildcats 1914 Private 10,974[5] Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Nichols College Dudley, Massachusetts Bison 1815 Private 1,498[6] Commonwealth Coast Conference
Salve Regina University Newport, Rhode Island Seahawks 1934 Private 2,604[7] Commonwealth Coast Conference
Suffolk University Boston, Massachusetts Rams 1906 Private 9,292[8] Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts Leopards 1904 Private 3,988[9] Commonwealth Coast Conference
Western New England University Springfield, Massachusetts Golden Bears 1919 Private 3,729[10] Commonwealth Coast Conference

Former members[edit]

* Assumption, Franklin Pierce, Southern New Hampshire, and Stonehill are Division II schools; and were not allowed to participate in the ECAC Northeast playoffs, nor are they eligible for the Division III national tournament.


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