ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - The Elmira College men's and women's ice hockey teams moved from the United Collegiate Hockey Conference to the New England Hockey Conference in the 2021-22 season. After a successful three years, the Soaring Eagles are headed back to the UCHC.

Elmira will join the UCHC at the start of the 2025-26 season.

The EC men won the UCHC title in 2021, and over 51 years as a program, Elmira has won 11 league titles and they have made the NCAA Tournament 18 times.

The Elmira women won four straight UCHC Championships as a league member from 2018-2021. The Soaring Eagles have made the NCAA Tournament 18 times, most recently last season where they made to the National Championship before falling to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Elmira College released the following statement from Director of Athletics, Rhonda Faunce.

"We are excited to return to a familiar home for our hockey programs ahead of the 2025-26 season. The UCHC Championship trophy is named after Pat Thompson, former Vice President of Athletics at Elmira, and we were fortunate to be able to capture five league championships in the league between our two programs in just four seasons (2017-21). Returning to a league that we are familiar with and is more regionally located will provide a positive experience for our student-athletes and fan base."

Elmira is one of four teams making the move to the UCHC along with Albertus Magnus, Hilbert, and St. John Fisher.

More information on this announcement from Elmira College Athletics can be found here.