Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association

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Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association

Classification ACHA, Division II
Established 1982
Members 38
Sports fielded Men's Ice Hockey
Headquarters Keene, NH
Commissioner William S. Dow
Region Northeast
States 6 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

The Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) is an ACHA Division 2 non-varsity (club) Ice Hockey League in the Northeast region of the United States. Most NECHA member schools have varsity teams that are affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) or HockeyEAST and most teams receive at least partial funding from their school's athletic departments and/or student government.


The NECHA league comprises four-year post secondary college/university teams separated into three conferences called Patriot, American and Colonial. Each league conference consists of two divisions organized geographically by School location. Teams play a minimum of 10 league games during the regular season. Following the regular season, the NECHA league hosts their annual championship playoffs for each conference with invitations to the top teams in the regular season standings. Associate and Probationary Members are recognized teams but are not full-members of the league and are not eligible for the NECHA Regular Season Champion, the NECHA League Playoffs, or vote on actions at official league meetings.

Current Members[edit]

Of the 33 member schools, 11 compete at the Division I level of NCAA, 4 at Division II and 18 at Division III.

Patriot Conference East[edit]

School Location Nickname Primary conference Website Team Colors
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA Eagles ACC (DI) [1]          
Boston University Boston, MA Terriers Patriot (DI) [2]          
Bryant University Smithfield, RI Bulldogs NEC (DI) [3]          
Merrimack College North Andover, MA Warriors NE10 (DII) [4]          
Northeastern University Boston, MA Huskies CAA (DI) [5]          
Providence College Providence, RI Friars Big East (DI) [6]          

Patriot Conference West[edit]

School Location Nickname Primary conference Website Team Colors
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA Crusaders Patriot (DI) [7]          
Keene State College Keene, NH Owls LEC (DIII) [8]          
UMass Amherst Amherst, MA Minutemen A10 (DI) [9]          
UConn Storrs, CT Huskies Big East (DI) [10]          
University of Vermont Burlington, VT Catamounts AEC (DI) [11]          

American Conference North[edit]

School Location Nickname Primary conference Website Team Colors
Bates College Lewiston, ME Bobcats NESCAC (DIII) [12]          
Harvard University Cambridge, MA Crimson Ivy (DI) [13]          
UMass Lowell Lowell, MA River Hawks AEC (DI) [14]          
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Engineers NEWMAC (DIII) [15]          
Saint Anselm College Goffstown, NH Hawks NE10 (DII) [16]          
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH Penmen NE10 (DII) [17]          

American Conference South[edit]

School Location Nickname Primary conference Website Team Colors
Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA Bears ECAC (DIII) [18]          
Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT Warriors LEC (DIII) [19]          
University of New Haven West Haven, CT Chargers NE10 (DII) [20]          
Rhode Island College Providence, RI Anchormen LEC (DIII) [21]          
Roger Williams University Bristol, RI Hawks TCCC (DIII) [22]          
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT Pioneers NEC (DI) [23]          
Westfield State University Westfield, MA Owls MSCAC (DIII) [24]          

Colonial Conference North[edit]

School Location Nickname Primary conference Website Team Colors
Colby-Sawyer College* New London, NH Chargers NAC (DIII) [25]          
Lyndon State College Lyndonville, VT Hornets NAC (DIII) [26]          
University of New England* Biddeford, ME Nor'easters TCCC (DIII) [27]          
Norwich University Northfield, VT Cadets GNAC (DIII) [28]          
Thomas College Waterville, ME Terriers NAC (DIII) [29]          

Colonial Conference South[edit]

School Location Nickname Primary conference Website Team Colors
Springfield College Springfield, MA Pride NEWMAC (DIII) [30]          
United States Coast Guard Academy New London, CT Bears NEWMAC (DIII) [31]          
Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT Colonials LEC (DIII) [32]          
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA Engineers NEWMAC (DIII) [33]          

Note: Boston College, Boston University, College of the Holy Cross, Harvard University, Merrimack College, Northeastern University, Sacred Heart University, University of Maine-Orono, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Massachusetts-Lowell and University of Vermont have NCAA varsity hockey programs at NCAA Division I level.

Saint Anselm College and Southern New Hampshire University have varsity hockey at the NCAA Division II level.

Norwich University, Trinity College, Tufts University, University of New England, and Westfield State College have varsity hockey at the NCAA Division III level.

Other members[edit]

NECHA Probationary Members

NECHA Associate Members

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