In Division 1 women’s college hockey, the WCHA has been dominant since women’s hockey became a sanctioned sport in 2000. Last season’s champion was Ohio State. Aside from Clarkson winning three championships in 2014, 2017 and 2018, all the champions have come from the middle of the United States.
Things could change this year.
In Hockey East, Northeastern is loaded just like last year. Despite losing star goalie Aerin Frankel and top defender Skylar Fontaine (East Greenwich, R.I.), the Huskies return a roster good enough to currently be ranked No. 3 in the nation.
In the ECAC, talent is bursting at the seams with Colgate, Quinnipiac, Yale, Princeton and Clarkson all ranked inside the top 10. Both Yale and Northeastern earned spots in the Frozen Four last spring.