INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE HOCKEY
Basic Conference Setup
evolution has led to the creation of sport-specific conferences,
rather than groups like the Big Ten or the Big East. Instead, the
58 Division I men's college hockey teams are divided into Atlantic
Hockey, College Hockey America, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association,
the ECAC Hockey League, Hockey East and the Western Collegiate Hockey
The latter four
are the most well-established and occasionally called the "Big
Four"; Atlantic Hockey and College Hockey America are our mid-majors,
if you will.
each play for regular-season and playoff titles. The regular-season
schedules vary from league to league, depending on the number of
teams in the conference and other factors, but schools generally
play each other between two and four times per year.
Teams also play
non-conference schedules, somewhat like inter-divisional games in
the NHL. Like the NHL, these games count in your overall record,
but unlike the NHL they do not count in determining conference standings.
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