ECAC Hockey

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ECAC Hockey
ECAC Hockey logo
DivisionDivision I
Sports fieldedIce Hockey (men's: 12 teams; women's: 12 teams)
RegionNortheastern United States
Former namesEastern College Athletic Conference (1962–2004)
ECAC Hockey League (2004–2007)
HeadquartersAlbany, New York
CommissionerSteve Hagwell
ECAC Hockey locations
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ECAC Hockey
ECAC Hockey logo
DivisionDivision I
Sports fieldedIce Hockey (men's: 12 teams; women's: 12 teams)
RegionNortheastern United States
Former namesEastern College Athletic Conference (1962–2004)
ECAC Hockey League (2004–2007)
HeadquartersAlbany, New York
CommissionerSteve Hagwell
ECAC Hockey locations
Locations of current ECAC Hockey member institutions.

ECAC Hockey is one of the six conferences that compete in NCAA Division I ice hockey. The conference used to be affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference, a consortium of over 300 colleges in the eastern United States. This relationship ended in 2004; however the ECAC abbreviation was retained in the name of the hockey conference.[1] ECAC Hockey is the only ice hockey conference with identical memberships in both its women's and men's divisions.


ECAC Hockey was founded in 1961 as a loose association of college hockey teams in the Northeast.[2] In June 1983, concerns that the Ivy League schools were potentially leaving the conference and disagreements over schedule length versus academics caused Boston University, Boston College, Providence, Northeastern and New Hampshire to decide to leave the ECAC to form what would become Hockey East, which began play in the 1984–85 season.[1] By that fall, Maine also departed the ECAC for the new conference.[3] This left the ECAC with twelve teams (Army, Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, RPI, St. Lawrence, Vermont, and Yale). Army would stay in the conference until the end of the 1990–91 season, at which point they became independent (they now play in Atlantic Hockey) and were replaced by Union College. Vermont left the ECAC for Hockey East at the end of the 2004–05 season, and were replaced in the conference by Quinnipiac.[1]

The ECAC began sponsoring an invitational women's tournament in 1985. ECAC teams began playing an informal regular season schedule in the 1988–89 season, with the conference officially sponsoring women's hockey beginning in the 1993–94 season.[4] ECAC teams won two of the three pre-NCAA American Women's College Hockey Alliance national championships, New Hampshire winning in 1998 and Harvard in 1999.

The ECAC was the only Division I men's hockey conference that neither gained nor lost members during the major conference realignment in 2011 and 2012 that followed the Big Ten Conference's announcement that it would launch a men's hockey league in the 2013–14 season.


There are 12 member schools in the ECAC. Beginning with the 2006-07 season, all schools participate with men's and women's teams, making ECAC Hockey the only Division I hockey conference with a full complement of teams for both sexes.[1]

Ivy League teams[edit]

The six Ivy League universities with Division I ice hockey programs are all members of ECAC Hockey. Neither the University of Pennsylvania nor Columbia University has an intercollegiate ice hockey program. Penn supported an intercollegiate varsity hockey program in the past and was an ECAC Hockey member from 1966 to 1978 before the team was disbanded. The Ivy school that has the best regular season record against other Ivy opponents is crowned the Ivy League ice hockey champion. The Ivy League schools require their teams to play seasons that are about three weeks shorter than those of the other schools in the league.[5] Thus, they enter the league schedule with fewer non-conference warm-up games, though Harvard competes in the annual Beanpot Tournament and Cornell hosts a holiday tournament in Estero, Florida.


InstitutionLocationNicknameFoundedHistorical AffiliationEnrollmentPrimary Conference
Brown UniversityProvidence, Rhode IslandBears1764Nonsectarian, founded by Baptists, but founding charter promises "no religious tests" and "full liberty of conscience"[6]7,744[7]Ivy League
Clarkson UniversityPotsdam, New YorkGolden Knights1896Private/Non-sectarian3,100Liberty League (D-III)
Colgate UniversityHamilton, New YorkRaiders1819Private/Non-sectarian, founded by Baptists[8]2,800Patriot League
Cornell UniversityIthaca, New YorkBig Red1865Private/Non-sectarian20,400[9]Ivy League
Dartmouth CollegeHanover, New HampshireBig Green1769Private/Congregationalist5,753[10]Ivy League
Harvard UniversityCambridge, MassachusettsCrimson1636Private/Unitarian20,042[11]Ivy League
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, New JerseyTigers1746Nonsectarian, but founded by Presbyterians[12]6,677 [13]Ivy League
Quinnipiac UniversityHamden, ConnecticutBobcats1929Private/Non-sectarian7,700MAAC
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy, New YorkEngineers1824Private/Non-sectarian6,376Liberty League (D-III)
St. Lawrence UniversityCanton, New YorkSaints1856Non-denominational, founded by Universalist Church of America2,100Liberty League (D-III)
Union CollegeSchenectady, New YorkDutchmen1795Private/Non-sectarian2,100Liberty League (D-III)
Yale UniversityNew Haven, ConnecticutBulldogs1701Private/Congregationalist11,483[14]Ivy League

Membership timeline[edit]

Quinnipiac UniversityUniversity of ConnecticutNiagara UniversityRochester Institute of TechnologyUnion CollegeUniversity of MaineUniversity of PennsylvaniaUniversity of VermontYale UniversitySt. Lawrence UniversityRensselaer Polytechnic InstitutePrinceton UniversityHarvard UniversityDartmouth CollegeCornell UniversityColgate UniversityClarkson UniversityBrown UniversityProvidence CollegeNortheastern UniversityUniversity of New HampshireBoston UniversityBoston CollegeUnited States Military AcademyWilliams CollegeNorwich UniversityMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyMiddlebury CollegeMerrimack CollegeUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstHamilton CollegeConnecticut CollegeColby CollegeBowdoin CollegeAmherst CollegeAmerican International College

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Men's ECAC championship games[edit]

A men's game between Dartmouth and Princeton at Thompson Arena in Hanover

The ECAC Championship Game has been held at the following sites:

The winner of the game is awarded the Whitelaw Cup and receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Hockey Tournament.

  • 1962 St. Lawrence def. Clarkson 5–2
  • 1963 Harvard def. Boston College 4–3 (ot)
  • 1964 Providence def. St. Lawrence 3–1
  • 1965 Boston College def. Brown 6–2
  • 1966 Clarkson def. Cornell 6–2
  • 1967 Cornell def. Boston University 4–3
  • 1968 Cornell def. Boston College 6–3
  • 1969 Cornell def. Harvard 4–2
  • 1970 Cornell def. Clarkson 3–2
  • 1971 Harvard def. Clarkson 7–4
  • 1972 Boston University def. Cornell 4–1
  • 1973 Cornell def. Boston College 3–2
  • 1974 Boston University def. Harvard 4–2
  • 1975 Boston University def. Harvard 7–3
  • 1976 Boston University def. Brown 9–2
  • 1977 Boston University def. New Hampshire 8–6
  • 1978 Boston College def. Providence 4–2
  • 1979 New Hampshire def. Dartmouth 3–2
  • 1980 Cornell def. Dartmouth 5–1
  • 1981 Providence def. Cornell 8–4
  • 1982 Northeastern def. Harvard 5–2
  • 1983 Harvard def. Providence 4–1
  • 1984 Rensselaer def. Boston University 5–2
  • 1985 Rensselaer def. Harvard 3–1
  • 1986 Cornell def. Clarkson 3–2 (ot)
  • 1987 Harvard def. St. Lawrence 6–3
  • 1988 St. Lawrence def. Clarkson 3–0
  • 1989 St. Lawrence def. Vermont 4–1
  • 1990 Colgate def. Rensselaer 5–4
  • 1991 Clarkson def. St. Lawrence 5–4
  • 1992 St. Lawrence def. Cornell 4–2
  • 1993 Clarkson def. Brown 3–1
  • 1994 Harvard def. Rensselaer 3–0
  • 1995 Rensselaer def. Princeton 5–1
  • 1996 Cornell def. Harvard 2–1
  • 1997 Cornell def. Clarkson 2–1
  • 1998 Princeton def. Clarkson 5–4 (2ot)
  • 1999 Clarkson def. St. Lawrence 3–2
  • 2000 St. Lawrence def. Rensselaer 2–0
  • 2001 St. Lawrence def. Cornell 3–1
  • 2002 Harvard def. Cornell 4–3 (2ot)
  • 2003 Cornell def. Harvard 3–2 (ot)
  • 2004 Harvard def. Clarkson 4–2
  • 2005 Cornell def. Harvard 3–1
  • 2006 Harvard def. Cornell 6–2
  • 2007 Clarkson def. Quinnipiac 4–2
  • 2008 Princeton def. Harvard 4–1
  • 2009 Yale def. Cornell 5–0
  • 2010 Cornell def. Union 3–0
  • 2011 Yale def. Cornell 6–0
  • 2012 Union def. Harvard 3–1
  • 2013 Union def. Brown 3–1

Cleary Cup[edit]

The Cleary Cup, named for former Harvard player and coach Bill Cleary, is awarded to the team with the best record in league games at the end of the regular-season. There is no tie-breaking procedure should two or more teams end the season with the same record and the trophy is shared. A tie breaking procedure is applied to determine the top seed in the ECAC conference tournament. The Cleary Cup winner is not given any special consideration in the NCAA tournament as the ECAC awards its automatic bid to the winner of the ECAC tournament.

Women's ECAC championship games[edit]

  • 1985 Providence def. New Hampshire
  • 1986 New Hampshire def. Northeastern
  • 1987 New Hampshire def. Northeastern
  • 1988 Northeastern def. Providence
  • 1989 Northeastern def. Providence
  • 1990 New Hampshire def. Providence (in Durham, New Hampshire)
  • 1991 New Hampshire def. Northeastern (Durham)
  • 1992 Providence def. New Hampshire (in Providence, Rhode Island)
  • 1993 Providence def. New Hampshire (in Boston)
  • 1994 Providence def. Northeastern (Providence)
  • 1995 Providence def. New Hampshire (Providence)
  • 1996 New Hampshire def. Providence (Durham)
  • 1997 Northeastern def. New Hampshire (Boston)
  • 1998 Brown def. New Hampshire (Boston)
  • 1999 Harvard def. New Hampshire (Providence)
  • 2000 Brown def. Dartmouth (Providence)
  • 2001 Dartmouth def. Harvard (in Hanover, New Hampshire)
  • 2002 Brown def. Dartmouth (Hanover)
  • 2003 Dartmouth def. Harvard (Providence)
  • 2004 Harvard def. St. Lawrence (in Schenectady, New York)
  • 2005 Harvard def. Dartmouth (Schenectady)
  • 2006 Harvard def. Brown (in Canton, New York)
  • 2007 Dartmouth def. St. Lawrence (Hanover)
  • 2008 Harvard def. St. Lawrence (Boston)
  • 2009 Dartmouth def. Rensselaer (Boston)
  • 2010 Cornell def. Clarkson (in Ithaca, New York)
  • 2011 Cornell def. Dartmouth (Ithaca)
  • 2012 St. Lawrence def. Cornell (Ithaca)
  • 2013 Cornell def. Harvard (Ithaca)

Conference arenas[edit]

A Men's game between Dartmouth and Quinnipiac at the TD Bank Sports Center
SchoolHockey arena (built)Capacity
BrownMeehan Auditorium (1962)3,100
ClarksonCheel Arena (1991)3,000
ColgateStarr Rink (1959)2,246
CornellLynah Rink (1957)4,267
DartmouthThompson Arena (1975)4,500
HarvardBright Hockey Center (1956/1979)2,850
PrincetonHobey Baker Memorial Rink (1923)2,092
QuinnipiacTD Bank Sports Center (2007)3,386
RensselaerHouston Field House (1949)4,780
St. LawrenceAppleton Arena (1951)3,000
UnionFrank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center (1975)2,225
YaleIngalls Rink (1958)3,500

NCAA Records[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d timeline of ECACH history,
  2. ^ "History of ECAC Hockey". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ About Hockey East
  4. ^ "Women's Season Summaries". ECAC Hockey. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Brown's website characterizes it as "the Baptist answer to Congregationalist Yale and Harvard; Presbyterian Princeton; and Episcopalian Penn and Columbia," but adds that at the time it was "the only one that welcomed students of all religious persuasions."[2] Brown's charter stated that "into this liberal and catholic institution shall never be admitted any religious tests, but on the contrary, all the members hereof shall forever enjoy full, free, absolute, and uninterrupted liberty of conscience." The charter called for twenty-two of the thirty-six trustees to be Baptists, but required that the remainder be "five Friends, four Congregationalists, and five Episcopalians"[3]
  7. ^ facts about Brown University
  8. ^ Colgate University: History & Traditions accessed 04-22-2008
  9. ^ Cornell facts sheet
  10. ^ Dartmouth enrollment data sheet
  11. ^ Harvard at a glance
  12. ^ Princeton online campus tour
  13. ^ Princeton University profile
  14. ^ Yale University factsheet
  15. ^ St. Lawrence University: Men's Hockey
  16. ^ College Hockey News :: Longest Games
  17. ^ :: Game is longest ever in college hockey
  18. ^ NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey History

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