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Atlantic Hockey Association
Atlantic Hockey Association logo
Established1997 (as MAAC Hockey)
2003 (as Atlantic Hockey)
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Sports fielded
Region Northeastern United States and Colorado
Former names MAAC (1997-2003)
Headquarters Winthrop, Massachusetts
CommissionerRobert M. DeGregorio, Jr. (since 2003)
Atlantic Hockey Association locations

The Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) 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.

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 [n 1] 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 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.



Robert Morris Colonials men's ice hockey Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey RIT Tigers men's ice hockey Air Force Falcons men's ice hockey Army Black Knights Mercyhurst College Bentley University Sacred Heart University Holy Cross Crusaders Canisius College American International College Connecticut Huskies Quinnipiac University Fairfield Stags Iona Gaels

List of Championship Games

From 1999 to 2003, the conference tournament was operated by the MAAC. From 2007 to 2018, the tournament was held at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. Starting in 2019, the tournament will be held at HarborCenter in Buffalo, 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
2017 Air Force 2–1 Robert Morris Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY
2018 Air Force 5–1 Robert Morris Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY

National tournament history

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 3-2

* – at-large selection.

Conference arenas

School Hockey Arena Location Capacity
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
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 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
Tournament HarborCenter Buffalo, NY 1,800


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: [3] 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. [4]

See also


  1. ^ "History of the MAAC".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2009-01-30. Niagara Men's Hockey To Join Atlantic Hockey
  3. ^ "2003-04 Atlantic Hockey All-Star Teams and Regular Season Awards Announced". Atlantic Hockey. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  4. ^ "2003-04 Regular Season Award Winners". Atlantic Hockey. Retrieved 2013-07-18.

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