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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
Atlantic Hockey Association logo
Established1997 (as MAAC Hockey)
2003 (as Atlantic Hockey)
DivisionDivision I
Sports fielded
RegionNortheastern United States and Colorado
Former namesMAAC (1997-2003)
HeadquartersWinthrop, Massachusetts
CommissionerRobert M. DeGregorio, Jr. (since 2003)
Atlantic Hockey Association locations

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.[1]




Institution Location Nickname Founded Affiliation Undergraduate Enrollment Joined Women's Conference Primary Conference Colors
United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado Falcons 1954 Public/Federal 4,400 2006 N/A Mountain West          
American International College Springfield, Massachusetts Yellow Jackets 1885 Private/Non-sectarian 1,700 1998 N/A Northeast Ten (D-II)               
United States Military Academy West Point, New York Black Knights 1802 Public/Federal 4,400 2000 N/A Patriot League               
Bentley University Waltham, Massachusetts Falcons 1917 Private/Non-sectarian 3,958 1999 N/A Northeast Ten (D-II)          
Canisius College Buffalo, New York Golden Griffins 1870 Private/Catholic 3,490 1998 N/A MAAC          
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts Crusaders 1843 Private/Catholic 2,897 1998 HEA Patriot League     
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania Lakers 1926 Private/Catholic 4,055 1999 CHA PSAC (D-II)          
Niagara University[2] Lewiston, New York Purple Eagles 1856 Private/Catholic 3,853 2010 N/A [a] MAAC          
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania Colonials 1921 Private/Non-sectarian 5,000 2010 CHA NEC               
Rochester Institute of Technology Henrietta, New York Tigers 1829 Private/Non-sectarian 16,842 2006 CHA Liberty League (D-III)               
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut Pioneers 1963 Private/Catholic 3,500 1998 D-I Independent[b] NEC          
Locations of Atlantic Hockey Conference current member locations.
  1. ^ Niagara's women's team was in College Hockey America before the university dropped the program in 2012.
  2. ^ 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.



Robert Morris Colonials men's ice hockeyNiagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockeyRIT Tigers men's ice hockeyAir Force Falcons men's ice hockeyArmy Black KnightsMercyhurst CollegeBentley UniversitySacred Heart UniversityHoly Cross CrusadersCanisius CollegeAmerican International CollegeConnecticut HuskiesQuinnipiac UniversityFairfield StagsIona Gaels 

AHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament champions[3]Edit

National tournament historyEdit

NCAA Tournament
Year AHA Rep. Opponent Result
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)
2010 RIT Denver W 2–1
New Hampshire W 6–2
Wisconsin L 1–8
2011 Air Force Yale L 1–2 (OT)
2012 Air Force Boston College L 0–2
2013 Niagara * North Dakota L 1–2
Canisius Quinnipiac L 3–4
2014 Robert Morris Minnesota L 3–7
2015 RIT Minnesota State W 2–1
Omaha L 0–4
2016 RIT Quinnipiac L 0–4
2017 Air Force Western Michigan W 5–4
Harvard L 2–3
2018 Air Force St. Cloud State W 4–1
Minnesota-Duluth L 1–2
2019 AIC St. Cloud State W 2–1
Denver L 0–3

* – at-large selection.

Conference arenasEdit


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:[4] 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.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "History of the MAAC".
  2. ^ "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
  3. ^ "Atlantic Hockey Champions". 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  4. ^ "2003-04 Atlantic Hockey All-Star Teams and Regular Season Awards Announced". Atlantic Hockey. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  5. ^ "2003-04 Regular Season Award Winners". Atlantic Hockey. Retrieved 2013-07-18.

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