Western Connecticut State adding men’s hockey for ’15-16, will join MASCAC

Western Connecticut State University has added a Division III men’s hockey program that will play a full schedule as an affiliate member of the MASCAC during the 2015-16 season.

“The MASCAC is excited to welcome Western Connecticut State University as a men’s ice hockey affiliate,” said MASCAC commissioner Angela Baumann said in a statement. “MASCAC hockey has proven to be a quality league with outstanding competition and exciting games. We are looking forward to welcoming the Colonial’s student-athletes in 2015-2016.”

The Colonials will play their home games at the Danbury Arena, approximately one half mile from the school’s Midtown campus. The arena currently houses the Danbury Whalers of the Federal Hockey League and was home of the WCSU men’s club team, which had been a member of the ACHA since 1994.

“This is an exciting move for Colonial athletics,” added WCSU athletic director Ed Farrington. “Western ice hockey has enjoyed many years of success as a club sport and we intend on building a competitive and respected program as we move into the intercollegiate ranks. We are thrilled to continue a good relationship with the MASCAC that began with affiliations in men’s and women’s tennis and football.”