A recent published report in the New England Hockey Journal suggests Merrimack may soon be on its way to fielding a women’s hockey program that would play in Hockey East.
The report states that Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna has had discussions with Merrimack and if added, due to its men’s program being in Hockey East, a women’s squad would gain automatic acceptance. All programs that have a men’s team are chartered into the women’s league.
“I’d like to see the number of programs and opportunities for female hockey players [in Hockey East] to be increased, whether that’s 10 or 12 teams,” Bertagna said in the story. “I’d like to say, like the men, there’s nobody above us, maybe some right beside us.”