Johnson & Wales, Suffolk, Salem State to join NEHC with 2018-19 season

The NEHC announced Wednesday the addition of Johnson and Wales, Suffolk and Salem State as league members, effective for the 2018-19 season.

Johnson and Wales and Suffolk will compete in both the men’s and women’s division, while Salem State will compete in the women’s division only.

“I am pleased to welcome these programs to the NEHC and grow both the men’s and women’s divisions with these additions,” said NEHC commissioner Katie Boldvich in a statement. “Bringing Johnson and Wales, Suffolk and Salem State on board solidifies both divisions while providing extra security for the league’s NCAA automatic qualifiers.

“Membership continues to shift in Division III hockey and I am proud of the leadership of the NEHC Director’s group in adding these programs.”

Johnson and Wales and Suffolk’s men’s programs currently compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, while the women’s programs of Johnson & Wales and Salem State are founding members of the Colonial Hockey Conference.

Suffolk will begin the sponsorship of women’s hockey beginning in 2018.

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