Top 10 Oldest Hockey Programs in
NCAA Ice Hockey

The top 10 oldest hockey programs in men's and women's NCAA ice hockey teach us all about commitment, teamwork, work ethic, and success.

Men's Division 1

The oldest team in the men's D1 ice hockey is the Yale Bulldogs. They are also the oldest team in all of NCAA ice hockey. 

Top 10 Oldest Hockey Teams in Men's Division 1

Team Year Program Started
Yale University Bulldogs 1896
Brown University Bears 1898
Harvard Crimson 1898
Princeton University Tigers 1900
Cornell University Big Red 1901
Rensselaer (RPI) Engineers 1901
Union College Dutchmen 1904
Army Black Knights 1904
Dartmouth College Big Green 1905
University of Massachusetts Minutemen 1908, 1979

Men's Division 3

The oldest team in men's D3 NCAA ice hockey is Norwich University Cadets.

Top 10 Oldest Hockey Teams in Men's Division 3

Team Year Program Started
Norwich University Cadets 1909
Amherst College Lord Jeffs 1910
St. Michael's College Purple Knights 1912
Hamilton College Continentals 1918
Bowdoin College Polar Bears 1919
University of St. Thomas Tommies 1920
Colby College Mules 1922
Middlebury College Panthers 1922
St. Olaf College Oles 1927
Augsburg College Auggies 1928

Women's Division 1

The oldest team in Women's D1 NCAA ice hockey is Brown University Bears.

Top 10 Oldest Hockey Teams in Women's Division 1

Team Year Program Started
Brown University Bears 1964
Cornell University Big Red 1972
Providence College Friars 1974
St. Lawrence University Saints 1974
Yale University Bulldogs 1975
Dartmouth College Big Green 1977
University of New Hampshire Wildcats 1977
Harvard Crimson 1978
Northeastern University Huskies 1979
Princeton University Tigers 1979

Women's Division 3

The oldest team in the women's D3 NCAA ice hockey is Colby College.

Top 10 Oldest Hockey Programs in Women's Division 3

Team Year Program Started
Colby College Mules 1975
RIT Tigers 1975
Wesleyan University Cardinals 1976
SUNY Cortland Red Dragons 1977, 2000
Middlebury College Panthers 1981
Bowdoin College Polar Bears 1984
Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties 1987
Williams College EPHS 1993
Amherst College Lord Jeffs 1995
Augsburg College Auggies 1995

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