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Laura Reed

M. J. Ball

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A long time in the making, the Women’s Hockey East Association proudly commenced official league play in the 2002-03 season. As women’s ice hockey steadily expanded from its original status as an emerging sport to its current status as an NCAA championship sport, it became apparent that Hockey East should seriously consider sponsoring a separate league to accommodate its five member schools that had varsity programs: Boston College, Maine, New Hampshire, Northeastern, and Providence. However, little got beyond the level of discussion and conjecture in the early stages as administrators remained unsure of how to undergo the transition process. The unsureity remained until asplit in the Eastern College Athletic Conference grouped the five aforementioned programs into a separate league, the ECAC Women’s Eastern League, along with three other unaffiliated programs. Seeking league solidarity, administrators from the five Hockey East institutions were moved to act.


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