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  • Gauchos Announce 2017-18 Season Schedule

    Ice Hockey at UCSB's schedule will feature several marquee matchups, including new faces, old rivals, and even out-of-state opponents! Photo courtesy: Joe Lester.

    Kyle Nicolas

    Ice Hockey at UCSB has announced a 15-game schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season which will feature a blend of new opponents, familiar foes, and old rivals.

    This season's schedule is extremely home-heavy; 11 out of the 15 matchups will take place in the friendly confines of Ice in Paradise in Goleta this season. This means UCSB will give their friends, family, and local fans plenty of opportunities to come watch the team in-person.

    Among the familiar faces on the schedule is the season-oppening opposition in the Santa Clara University Broncos, who played the Gauchos extremely tight last season, with the Gauchos sweeping the two-game weekend series, including a dramatic overtime victory. This season's season opening matchup takes place on October 20th, and comes with a prime-time 7:00pm faceoff. This gives fans and those interested in the program an excellent opportunity to come out and celebrate the start of the new campaign.

    Local rivals and all-too-familiar foes California Lutheran University are back on the docket this season, as the Gauchos will see the gold-clad Knights twice: first on October 27th at Ice in Paradise and then again in the season finale on February 3rd, 2018 in Simi Valley.

    The Gauchos will also see several opponents from last season, including Pac-8 stalwart UCLA, who will come to Ice in Paradise for the first time in their illustrious school history on January 27th. UC Santa Cruz will also make the trek to Santa Barbara for the second straight year, with a game at Ice in Paradise on February 2nd. In-division opponents Santa Rosa JC will also make the return trip to Ice in Paradise on Saturday, January 28th.

    This year's slate of contests features five opponents the Gauchos are yet to see during the Ice in Paradise era, and these new faces should provide excellent competition. The Cardinal of Stanford University comes to Ice in Paradise for a Sunday morning matinee on October 29th for an 11:00am faceoff. The Titans from Cal State Fullerton will appear twice at Ice in Paradise in a back-to-back weekend series on November 10th and 11th. Out-of-state opposition will come to Ice in Paradise for the first time this season when the Grand Canyon University Lopes head to the central coast on November 19th. The UC Davis Aggies kick off the 2018 half of the schedule for Ice Hockey at UCSB on Sunday, January 14th. And finally, the Gauchos will see San Jose State on January 20th.

    While sparse, the road schedule for UCSB will take them to both ends of California and see them face quality competition. The Gauchos will be in San Diego on November 4th, and will make their annual trip to Northern California on the weekend of January 19th and 20th, when they will face Santa Rosa JC and San Jose State University. Their final away game will be the aforementioned season-finale with Cal Lutheran on February 3rd.

    The abundance of home games means that fans at home will have plenty of opportunity catch all of the action live from Ice in Paradise on the Ice Hockey at UCSB Broadcast Network. For the third straight season we are proud to bring you a live video stream of all home games on YouTube and for the first time this season, Facebook Live. You can also get an audio-only feed of all contests, both home and away, on Mixlr.

  • Ice Hockey at UCSB Announces 2017-18 Recruitment Info

    Ice Hockey at UCSB is now recruiting players for the upcoming 2017-18 season. This co-ed program is a Club Sport of UCSB Recreation, and competes in the PCHA (Pacific Coast Hockey Association) and has ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) Division II status.

    The 18-week season runs from September to February, plus playoffs should the team qualify. There are two practices per week, as well as games held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout these months. All practices and home games are held at Ice in Paradise, located on Storke Road in Goleta. The rink is accessible from campus by bike, bus and foot.

    The team is coached by an NHL, NCAA, Olympic, and ACHA-experienced coaching staff, including Head Coach Scott Hyers, a native of Santa Barbara, and Assistant Coach Steve Heinze, former NHL player. The Associate Coach and faculty adviser is Ben Brecher.

    Important Dates:
    Sunday, August 13, 2017; 9am-11am - Prospect camp
    Saturday, September 30, 2017; 4:45 pm - Tryouts
    Sunday October 1, 2017; 4:45 pm - Tryouts

    For more information contact associate coach Ben Brecher at

  • Ice Hockey at UCSB Becomes a Club Sport!

    Ice Hockey at UCSB takes a step forward in official school recognition, becoming an official UCSB club sport under the Department of Recreation!

    Kyle Nicolas & Susan Goodale

    It's official: Ice Hockey at UCSB is now a club sport under the Department of Recreation! The move ensures continued eligibility to compete in the ACHA's Division II, as well as in the PCHA for the forthcoming future!

    The team had operated previously as a student organization under the Department of Student Affairs. However, ACHA rules require that all participating teams be recognized as an official club sport at their institution. As a part of their transition, Ice Hockey at UCSB was granted a provisional year to compete last season.

    This season, Ice Hockey at UCSB will regain full playoff eligibility, an exciting prospect after the team finished tied for the best overall record in PCHA play last season.

    In addition to a full membership in the ACHA and PCHA next season, the team will also gain a number of benefits from UCSB as a club sport. The move gives team members access to the strength and conditioning room in the RecCen, trainers, and Recreation staff who can advise on administrative matters. The team will also get access to office supplies, copiers, printers and computers in order to facilitate their needs.

    Despite the move not offering any financial support for the club for next season, the team members and coaching staff remain very grateful to UCSB Recreation for accepting their application.

    If you would like to help the team celebrate this exciting news, please consider making a gift to help support operations for the coming season.  With the team's transfer to the ACHA and the retainment of coaching staff, your financial support is extremely impactful in helping the team continue its success both on and off the ice.

  • Ice Hockey at UCSB Announces Schedule Changes

    Ice Hockey at UCSB announces two changes to the schedule for the 2016-17 season.

    Kyle Nicolas

    Ice Hockey at UCSB has announced two changes to their schedule for the 2016-17 season.

    1. The start time for the game on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 against the Cal Lutheran Knights at the Iceoplex in Simi Valley has changed from 10:30 to 9:15. The broadcast for this game, which will be audio-only and can be heard on Mixlr, will begin shortly after 9:00pm.

    2. Due to unforseen circumstances, the game between Ice Hockey at UCSB and UC San Diego, scheduled for December 3, 2016 at Ice in Paradise, can no longer continue as scheduled and has been postponed. Both teams are working to re-schedule this matchup and a new time will be announced as soon as one is created.

    For any further information or updates, check back here to as well follow the team on Facebook and Twitter.