Eastern Collegiate Hockey League

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Not to be confused with the ECHL, a professional minor league hockey league in the United States.

Eastern Collegiate Hockey League
Eastern Collegiate Hockey League logo
Dissolved 2012
Association ACHA
Division Division I
Members 7
Sports fielded Ice hockey (men's: yes; women's: no)
Region East Coast
Headquarters Erie, Pennsylvania
Commissioner William Shannon
Website ECHL.com

The Eastern Collegiate Hockey League was an ACHA Division I club hockey league that consisted of teams in the Northeast United States. The league consisted of 6 teams from schools in New York and Pennsylvania.


The ECHL's had seven member teams that played a 10-game regular season conference schedule. The season concluded with the post-season ECHL Tournament. An automatic bid to the ACHA National Championship Tournament was awarded to the winner of the regular season.

Former Teams[edit]

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Team Nickname Primary conference
University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York 1846 Public 28,192 Bulls Mid-American Conference (D-I)
Canisius College Buffalo, New York 1870 Private/Catholic 3,490 Golden Griffins Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (D-I)
SUNY Canton Canton, New York 1906 Public 3,056 'Roos Independent (USCAA)
Mercyhurst College Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Private/Catholic 3,226 Lakers Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (D-II)
Niagara University Lewiston, New York 1856 Private/Catholic 3,746 Purple Eagles Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (D-I)
Rochester Institute of Technology Henrietta, NY 1829 Private/Non-sectarian 13,861 Tigers Empire 8 (D-III)
University of Rochester Rochester, New York 1850 Private/Non-sectarian 9,027 Yellowjackets University Athletic Association (D-III)

Note: Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT, and Robert Morris all have NCAA Division I hockey teams competing in Atlantic Hockey.

Conference arenas[edit]

School Hockey Arena Location Capacity
Buffalo Amherst Ice Center Amherst, NY 1,800
Canisius Dann Memorial Rink Buffalo, NY 1,000
Canton Convocation and Athletic Recreation Center Canton, NY TBD
Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Ice Center Erie, PA 1,500
Niagara Dwyer Arena Lewiston, New York 1,400
RIT Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena Henrietta, NY 2,100
Rochester Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex Rochester, NY 1,200

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