Atlantic Hockey Association Championship coming to Utica

The Atlantic Hockey Association is a Division I NCAA college hockey conference.

Get ready Utica, the Atlantic Hockey Association is coming to town.

At a press conference on Thursday, it was announced the conference would hold its “final four” championship round at the Adirondack Bank Center on March 18th and 19th 2022. The two semifinal games will be played on the 18th, and then the championship game will be played on the 19th.


The top eight teams in the Atlantic Hockey Association will battle it out for the right to play in Utica, with the four winners of the quarterfinal games. The winner of the championship will be awarded the Atlantic Hockey Associations’ automatic bid to the NCAA hockey tournament, as well as the Jack Riley Trophy. Jack Riley is a United States Hockey Hall of Famer and was the legendary coach of the United States Military Academy hockey team from 1951 -1986. He was also the coach of the United States National Team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Squaw Valley, California Winter Olympic Games.

Utica College Pioneers remain at number three in the latest national poll

Before coming to the Adirondack Bank Center this season, the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Championship had been played at the Harbor Center in Buffalo, New York. The Atlantic Hockey Association is comprised of the following teams:

  • The United States Military Academy Black Knights
  • The United States Air Force Academy Falcons
  • The Sacred Heart University Pioneers
  • The Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers
  • The Niagara University Purple Eagles
  • The Mercyhurst University Lakers
  • The College of the Holy Cross Crusaders
  • The Canisus College Golden Griffins
  • The Bentley University Falcons
  • The American International College Yellow Jackets

To learn more about the Atlantic Hockey Association, visit To acquire tickets for the Championship, contact the Adirondack Bank Center Box Office at (315)790-9070 or visit

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