Norwich and Plymouth State have been accepted by the administrators of ECAC East Women’s Hockey as new members.
Norwich University, located in Northfield, Vt., and Plymouth State University, of Plymouth, N.H., have recently upgraded their women’s hockey programs to varsity status, and will begin conference play at the start of the 2007-08 season.
“On behalf of all the members of the ECAC Women’s East Hockey League, we are excited to welcome Norwich and Plymouth State into our hockey family,” said Interim Commissioner Steven Bamford. “It is always refreshing to see new hockey programs join the conference, coupled with the opportunity for their student athletes to experience the thrill and excitement of league competition. Knowing the athletic reputation of both institutions, it’s only a question of time before each will be a serious contender for the league championship, and we wish them well.”
The Panthers, who will host the majority of their home games at the Waterville Valley Ice Arena, announced the hiring of Heather Hoffay in May as the school’s first varsity women’s ice hockey coach. The Cadets, meanwhile, are currently involved in the search process for their head coach, and will play their home contests at Kreitzberg Arena.