How many hockey teams are there in men’s college hockey?
Men’s hockey is one of the smallest leagues sponsored by the NCAA with 148 total programs across all three divisions.
While men’s college hockey has not been sponsored by the NAIA since the last National Ice Hockey Championship in 1984, there are currently nine NAIA institutions with hockey programs. Previously governed by the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), all NAIA Division hockey programs are now governed by the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association.
In 2014, a group of coaches and athletic administrators came together to establish the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association and, with the help of the NAIA, began working toward their goal to reinstate ice hockey as a champion NAIA sport. As the sole governing body of the NAIA Division, the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association oversee operations and organizes a national championship, while promoting the growth of college hockey at NAIA institutions.
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What is the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA)?
The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is a men's and women’s collegiate hockey organization that governs five divisions with over 500 varsity and club level teams in 49 states. Dedicated to supporting and regulating intercollegiate hockey programs in the United States, the ACHA was an early supporter of the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association and its mission to return hockey as a NAIA championship sport.
Working together, the two associations established a new division, the NAIA Division. The ACHA governed this new division through the inaugural 2017-18 season. As a result of the ACHA’s support in of the NAIA Division’s initial season, the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association was able to take over governance at the beginning of the 2018-19 season and continue its journey to re-establishing hockey as a sponsored NAIA sport.
Colleges with Division 1 hockey teams - How many D1 hockey teams are there?
There are 60 NCAA Division 1 hockey teams scattered about the Northeast and Upper Midwest regions of the United States. Each team competes in one of six conferences; Atlantic Hockey, Big 10, ECAC, Hockey East, NCHC and WCHA. The only exception to this is Arizona State, which are classified as a Division 1 Independent after transitioning from an ACHA club hockey team to a full varsity team in 2016.