The continued growth of Atlantic Hockey will be showcased both figuratively and literally this season.
After Canisius won its second league championship last season, the league is getting set to return Robert Morris University to its ranks and will compete with 11 programs again.
The upcoming campaign also will feature a new coach and the first full go-around in a new arena for two of the teams.
The opening of new arenas and greater funding for programs have produced results in terms of parity and success, with three straight league champs reaching the second round of NCAA tournament play from 2017-19.
Here are five things to watch in Atlantic Hockey: