Army will play a traditional slate of non-league contests for the 2022-23 hockey season, in addition to visits by newest NCAA Division I member Lindenwood and the United States National Team Development Program.
The 120th season of intercollegiate hockey at West Point begins Oct. 2 when Union College visits Take Rink for an afternoon contest.
Non-league foes include Dartmouth, Lindenwood, the USNTDP plus Providence at home, and also RPI, then New Hampshire and Yale are both on the road.
Once again, Army and host Rochester Institute of Technology will open Atlantic Hockey Association play on Oct. 7-8. Click here to learn more about hockey.
The Black Knights will face only one NCAA tournament participant – three-time defending league playoff champion American International visits West Point on Oct. 28 and Jan. 17. Service-academy rival Air Force visits on Jan. 27-28, the first matchup since the Falcons swept Army in the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals in March.
"It is still a challenging schedule,'' said head coach Brian Riley, "especially how our league has so much parity in it now.''
The USNTDP is the feeder program for USA Hockey and fields under-17 and under-18 teams that compete in the United States Hockey League. Army will face the older squad, which plays a host of Division I schools each season. Most of these players are already committed to play for major Division I programs following their two-year stay and will move on to the pros. Riley said he's been trying to set up this inaugural matchup for a number of years. "It'll be a real treat for our fans to see,'' he said.
The 20th season of play in the Atlantic Hockey Association will feature a new playoff format. The ninth- and tenth-place finishers will not participate – all members had been included in the post-season since the inception in 2003-04. Instead, the top eight seeds meet in a best-of-three quarterfinal series and the four survivors will be paired up in a first-time best-of-three semifinal series. The championship will be a one-game playoff. Riley is adamantly against the new format, saying all league members should be allowed in the tournament due to the unbalanced nature of the schedules and the idea of teams pulling off a Cinderella playoff run.