The Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) is an NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey conference which operates primarily in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as an ice hockey-only conference. Unlike several other college athletic conferences, Atlantic Hockey has no women's division, though it shares some organizational and administrative roles (and three universities) with the women's-only College Hockey America.
|Atlantic Hockey Association|
|Established||1997 (as MAAC Hockey)|
2003 (as Atlantic Hockey)
|Region||Northeastern United States and Colorado|
|Former names||MAAC (1997-2003)|
|Commissioner||Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr. (since 2003)|
It was formed in 1997 and began play in the 1998-1999 season as the hockey division of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Within three years, it was granted an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. However, in 2003, Iona and Fairfield dropped hockey, leaving Canisius as the only full MAAC member that sponsored hockey. This proved somewhat problematic for MAAC Hockey, since conference bylaws only allowed full members to vote. On June 30, 2003, MAAC Hockey broke off from the MAAC and reorganized as Atlantic Hockey.
- Niagara's women's team was in College Hockey America before the university dropped the program in 2012.
- Although Sacred Heart is currently classified as a women's ice hockey independent, it is a member of the New England Women's Hockey Alliance, founded in 2017 as a scheduling alliance between NCAA Division I and II independents in that sport and formally organized as a conference in 2018. The NEWHA is actively seeking NCAA recognition for 2019–20 and beyond.
- Iona College (Dropped Hockey), 2003
- Fairfield University (Dropped Hockey), 2003
- Quinnipiac University (ECAC Hockey), 2005
- University of Connecticut (Hockey East), 2014
National tournament historyEdit
|2004||Holy Cross||North Dakota||L 0–3|
|2005||Mercyhurst||Boston College||L 4–5|
|2006||Holy Cross||Minnesota||W 4–3 (OT)|
|North Dakota||L 2–5|
|2007||Air Force||Minnesota||L 3–4|
|2008||Air Force||Miami (OH)||L 2–3 (OT)|
|2009||Air Force||Michigan||W 2–0|
|Vermont||L 2–3 (2OT)|
|New Hampshire||W 6–2|
|2011||Air Force||Yale||L 1–2 (OT)|
|2012||Air Force||Boston College||L 0–2|
|2013||Niagara *||North Dakota||L 1–2|
|2014||Robert Morris||Minnesota||L 3–7|
|2015||RIT||Minnesota State||W 2–1|
|2017||Air Force||Western Michigan||W 5–4|
|2018||Air Force||St. Cloud State||W 4–1|
|2019||AIC||St. Cloud State||W 2–1|
* – at-large selection.
|Air Force||Cadet Ice Arena||Colorado Springs, CO||2,502|
|American International||MassMutual Center||Springfield, MA||6,866|
|Army||Tate Rink||West Point, NY||2,648|
|Bentley||Bentley Arena||Waltham, MA||1,917|
|Holy Cross||Hart Center||Worcester, MA||1,600|
|Mercyhurst||Mercyhurst Ice Center||Erie, PA||1,500|
|Mercyhurst (alternate)||Erie Insurance Arena||Erie, PA||6,833|
|Niagara||Dwyer Arena||Lewiston, NY||1,400|
|Robert Morris||Colonials Arena||Neville Island, PA||1,200|
|Robert Morris (alternate)||PPG Paints Arena||Pittsburgh, PA||18,387|
|RIT||Gene Polisseni Center||Henrietta, NY||4,300|
|RIT (alternate)||Blue Cross Arena||Rochester, NY||10,556|
|Sacred Heart||Webster Bank Arena||Bridgeport, CT||8,412|
At the conclusion of each regular season schedule the coaches of each Atlantic Hockey team vote which players they choose to be on the three or four All-Conference Teams: first team, second team and rookie team (third team beginning in 2007). Additionally they vote to award 7 of the 9 individual trophies to an eligible player and 1 team award at the same time. Atlantic Hockey also awards a regular season scoring title that is not voted on as well as a Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player, which is voted on at the conclusion of the conference tournament. All individual and team awards have been awarded since Atlantic Hockey's inaugural season in 2003-04.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2009-01-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Niagara Men's Hockey To Join Atlantic Hockey
- "Atlantic Hockey Champions". 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- "2003-04 Atlantic Hockey All-Star Teams and Regular Season Awards Announced". Atlantic Hockey. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
- "2003-04 Regular Season Award Winners". Atlantic Hockey. Retrieved 2013-07-18.