Photo: While defenseman Graeme Strukoff and his University of Alabama-Huntsville teammates may not have a lot to celebrate in 2013-14, they enter a season as a member of an NCAA conference for the first time since 2009-10 (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
The revamped WCHA is comprised of ten teams that made up parts of last season’s WCHA, the now-defunct CCHA, and one of the two now former independent programs. The parity and the recent successes by some of the member schools make the WCHA very competitive and well worth watching in 2013-14.
Photo: University of Wisconsin forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Michael Mersch is expected to be one of the offensive leaders for the Badgers in his final NCAA season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The Big Ten is one of two brand new conferences debuting in the NCAA this season. There’s much anticipation and excitement surrounding this new conference and, with 50 NHL prospects playing in the Big Ten this season, it is certain to be among the most-watched conferences.
Photo: Quinnipiac University forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Kellen Jones will be one of the main cogs in the Bobcats’ offensive attack in 2013-14 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The ECAC is one of two NCAA conferences that remain intact this season. And there are no changes to the membership in the foreseeable future.
In the first of two parts, Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the six non-Ivy League programs in the ECAC that will feature 11 NHL prospects spread among five of the teams. Quinnipiac leads all non-Ivies with five, followed by Clarkson with three. St. Lawrence is the only non-Ivy league program without an NHL prospect on their roster this season.
Photo: Canisius College goaltender Tony Capobianco, shown here stopping Quinnipiac’s Matthew Peca during a NCAA East Regional game last March, will play a major role in his school’s defense of their 2012-13 Atlantic Hockey title (courtesy of Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Hockey's Future has taken a look at five of the 12 teams in the NCAA's Atlantic Hockey conference in the first part of our conference preview. The remaining seven teams are covered below in part two of our 2013-14 Atlantic Hockey preview.
Photo: Bentley University forward Andrew Gladiuk was Atlantic Hockey’s top rookie in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of SportsPix)
With the dramatic changes that have taken place in the college hockey landscape, Atlantic Hockey is one of only two conferences that remain unchanged heading into 2013-14. This season, Atlantic Hockey features two NHL prospects representing UConn and RIT, respectively.