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Consistently labelled the strongest conference from top to bottom, the Hockey East Association, encompassing 10 established Division-I hockey programs, celebrates its 22nd season in 2005-06. Hockey East has continued a steady rise to prominence since its founding charter on July 11, 1983, when the possibility of an apparent Ivy League break-off threatened the existence of the ECAC. In response, the Athletics Directors from Boston College, Boston University, New Hampshire, Northeastern and Providence announced the formation of a new Division I men's ice hockey conference. Togethe1; William Flynn of Boston College, John Simpson of Boston University, Andy Mouradian of New Hampshire, Joe Zabilski of Northeastern, and Lou Lamoriello of Providence launched Hockey East. Lamoriello assumed the role of the league's first-ever commissioner.
University of Maine Athletic Media Relations Office, "2005-2006 Men's Hockey Media Guide" (2005). General University of Maine Publications. 3121.
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