U of Vermont may leave ECAC

The University of Vermont announced today that it has initiated discussions that could lead to its men’s and women’s hockey teams leaving the ECAC for Hockey East (HEA). No timeline for official meetings or a possible vote by current HEA members have been set.

UVM’s leaving would impact Dartmouth more than anyone else, as the two schools are travel partners under the current scheduling system in the conference.

No word yet from the ECAC on what they would do if UVM does in fact jump ship, be it adding a new 12th team or trying to work with the ugly scheduling of an 11 team league. Fan speculation has the conference looking at Holy Cross, Army, Quinnipiac, UConn, and Sacred Heart as possible replacements.

There is no doubt that UVM is likely a better fit for HEA, as they are currently the only public university in the ECAC. HEA currently has UNH, Maine, and UMass along with BU, BC, Providence College, Merrimack, Northeastern, and UMass-Lowell.