The Atlantic Hockey Association announced that it received applications from two institutions regarding expansion of the league following the departure of Connecticut after the 2013-2014 season. The league, which held its spring meetings at Bentley University this past week, also announced it would increase the scholarship limit from 12 to 14 in time for the 2015-2016 season.
In a USCHO.com report during the spring, commissioner Bob Degregorio announced the league had entered discussions with four potential expansion targets. At the time, the four schools were St. Anselm, Rhode Island, Alabama-Huntsville, and Navy. UAH has since gained admission to the WCHA. The league previously said that “the ball is in their court” in relation to St. A’s, while the status is unknown in relation to Navy, URI, or other suitor schools mentioned in the discussion.
Additionally, the maximum amount of scholarships allowed by member institutions will increase from 12 to 13 for the start of the 2014-2015 season. Following that season, the league will allow a maximum of 14. In 2011, the league shot down a proposed increase from 12 to 13 by one vote. The NCAA allows for a maximum of 18, but the league restricts that limit to 12. That 2011 vote needed eight votes out of the 12 member schools to pass, but it fell short by a 7-5 count. By most accounts, the league was predominantly split with the western schools looking for an increase in scholarships, and the eastern schools voting against it.