NCAA Division III hockey lies on the periphery of the broader sports landscape. Dwarfed by land-grant university contemporaries, and the NHL beyond that, Division III athletics, and subsequently their mascots and logos, play a key role in boosting school spirit on smaller campuses across the country. This holds particularly true with regard to hockey, given there is no Division II level for the sport.
Division III programs often compensate their lack of exposure with obscure mascots and logos, adding a fun slant for sports fans. For example, there's the University of New England Nor'easters, Skidmore College Thoroughbreds and the Connecticut College Camels.
Furthermore, the concentration of Division III hockey programs in the Upper Midwest, and along the East Coast in particular, amplifies that obscurity as many program's mascots and logos have evolved over generations.
While we would have loved to include a selection or two from Colorado schools, the state currently has no Division III hockey programs to boast so we had to cast a wide net and then narrow the list to just five selections.
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