Atlantic Hockey

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Atlantic Hockey Conference
Atlantic Hockey Conference logo
Established 2003
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Members 11
Sports fielded Men's ice hockey
Region Northeastern United States and Colorado
Former names MAAC (1997-2003)
Headquarters Haverhill, Massachusetts
Commissioner Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr. (since 2003)
Atlantic Hockey Conference locations

The Atlantic Hockey Conference (AHC) is a 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. From 1997 to 2003, Atlantic Hockey was part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) before the hockey league broke away to stand independently.



Institution Location Nickname Founded Affiliation Undergraduate Enrollment Joined Women's Conference Primary Conference
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 ECAC East (D-III) Patriot League
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania Lakers 1926 Private/Catholic 4,055 1999 CHA PSAC (D-II)
Niagara University[1] Lewiston, New York Purple Eagles 1856 Private/Catholic 3,853 2010 N/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 15,401 2006 CHA Liberty League (D-III)
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut Pioneers 1963 Private/Catholic 3,500 1998 D-I Independent NEC
Locations of Atlantic Hockey Conference current member locations.



List of Championship Games

From 1999 to 2003, the conference tournament was operated by the MAAC. Since 2007, the tournament has been held at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.

Year Winner Score Runner-up Arena City
1999 Holy Cross 4–3 Canisius Hart Center Worcester, MA
2000 Connecticut 6–1 Iona Frietas Ice Forum Storrs, CT
2001 Mercyhurst 6–5 Quinnipiac Frietas Ice Forum Storrs, CT
2002 Quinnipiac 6–4 Mercyhurst Hart Center Worcester, MA
2003 Mercyhurst 4–3 Quinnipiac Tate Rink West Point, NY
2004 Holy Cross 4–0 Sacred Heart Tate Rink West Point, NY
2005 Mercyhurst 3–2 Quinnipiac Northford Ice Pavilion Northford, CT
2006 Holy Cross 5–2 Bentley Hart Center Worcester, MA
2007 Air Force 6–1 Army Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2008 Air Force 5–4 (2OT) Mercyhurst Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2009 Air Force 2–0 Mercyhurst Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2010 RIT 6–1 Sacred Heart Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2011 Air Force 1–0 RIT Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2012 Air Force 4–0 RIT Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2013 Canisius 7–2 Mercyhurst Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2014 Robert Morris 7–4 Canisius Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2015 RIT 5–1 Mercyhurst Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2016 RIT 7–4 Robert Morris Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY

National tournament history

NCAA Tournament
Year AHC 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

* – at-large selection.

Conference arenas

School Hockey Arena Location Capacity
Air Force Cadet Ice Arena Colorado Springs, CO 2,502
American International Olympia Ice Center Springfield, MA 2,200
Army Tate Rink West Point, NY 2,648
Bentley John A. Ryan Arena Watertown, MA 1,200
Canisius HarborCenter Buffalo, NY 1,800
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 84 Lumber Arena Neville Island, PA 1,200
Robert Morris (alternate) Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh 18,387
RIT Gene Polisseni Center Henrietta, NY 4,300
RIT (alternate) Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY 10,556
Sacred Heart Milford Ice Pavilion Milford, CT 1,000
Sacred Heart (alternate) Webster Bank Arena Bridgeport, CT 8,412
Tournament Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY 10,556


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:[2] 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.[3]

See also


  1. Niagara Men's Hockey To Join Atlantic Hockey
  2. "2003-04 Atlantic Hockey All-Star Teams and Regular Season Awards Announced". Atlantic Hockey. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2013-07-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "2003-04 Regular Season Award Winners". Atlantic Hockey. Retrieved 2013-07-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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