Daniel Webster issues statement on men’s, women’s Division III programs

Daniel Webster put to rest the rumors that have been circulating recently regarding its men’s and women’s Division III teams.

A school spokesperson released this statement to USCHO.com Wednesday afternoon:

It’s unfortunate for our women’s ice hockey program being unable to play its second, and ultimately final season and despite what I’d call herculean efforts by our former coach DJ Fimiani to recruit and retain a functional roster, the numbers just weren’t there. On the men’s side, we’ve seen very minimal disruption. A few men decided to look elsewhere and that’s understandable. Coach McCambly has done a terrific job of keeping the team focused. We have nearly 50 young men trying out for the team so that goes to show that there remains a commitment to the season despite the circumstances.

Right now we are planning on fielding teams through the remainder of the academic year. It’s certainly a challenging situation, but our student-athletes and coaching staff have been terrific in accepting the situation for what it is. Our staff are all professionals and the job doesn’t change. We’re all still focused on what needs to be done for our respective teams. The goal during the teach-out, as it was explained to us, was that SNHU wanted to cause as minimal disruption as possible. President Paul LeBlanc and the SNHU team have been incredibly supportive of athletics and our student athletes. SNHU has no particular financial incentive to continue our athletics program through to May but has done so regardless for the benefit of the student-athletes.

In 2015-16, the DWC men’s team finished 3-18-1, while the women went 0-18-0.