MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Salve Regina University and the University of New England will become members of the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) beginning with the 2018-19 season. They will join Becker College, Endicott College, Morrisville State College, Nichols College and SUNY Canton, comprising a seven-team league.
"The University of New England and Salve Regina bring established hockey programs and top-notch universities under the umbrella of the Colonial. These additions solidify the league and is an important step as the league grows and evolves," said CHC Commissioner Katie Boldvich.
The Seahawks have had a women's ice hockey team since the 2000-01 season. Over the history of the program they have reached the conference playoff semifinals four times and the championship game once. The Nor'easters are a newer program but with no shortage of success. UNE has played in their conference postseason tournament in every eligible year, advancing to the semifinal round last season.
"The University of New England is very pleased to be a member of the Colonial Hockey Conference with fellow Commonwealth Coast Conference members in women's ice hockey," commented University of New England Vice President for Student Engagement and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald. "The University is very committed to elevating and supporting women's ice hockey, and this move to the Colonial Hockey Conference places UNE in a very good NCAA Division III conference. I would also like to thank the members of the New England Hockey Conference for two years of excellent competition and sportsmanship."
Both programs are currently members of the New England Hockey Conference. UNE sits at 6-9-2 overall while Salve Regina is 1-14-1. Both teams have eight league games remaining this season before the NEHC's postseason tournament.
"We are excited and appreciative for the opportunity to compete in the Colonial Hockey Conference," echoed Salve Regina University director of athletics Jody Mooradian. "This will give us an opportunity to rejoin several schools with whom we compete in other sports (Becker, Endicott, Nichols, and U. of New England)."
For more information on the Colonial Hockey Conference visit www.colonialhockey.com