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Interested in Becoming a UCLA Student-Athlete?

If you are interested in complementing your college education with extremely competitive hockey while living in one of the most exciting cities in the nation, then UCLA is for you!

Few universities in the world offer the extraordinary range and diversity of academic programs and  student life that students enjoy at the University of California at Los Angeles. The University offers more than 100 major fields or the option for students to design their own interdisciplinary majors. Our faculty rank among the top American scholars and scientists. They include Nobel laureates and winners of the National Medal of Science. Athletically, UCLA is recognized as the #1 collegiate athletic powerhouse of the 20th century and into the 21st. The UCLA Bruins won more NCAA and Club titles in the 20th century than any other university and virtually all of the 22 varsity sports and 20 club sports compete yearly for team and individual honors. In addition to UCLA’s academic and athletic prowess, the beauty of the UCLA campus and recreational opportunities of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Mountains are just minutes away. And the vast resources and opportunities of Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city, are all around us.

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Before discussing the UCLA Ice Hockey program, as a high school student considering higher education and the role of ice hockey, you should be aware of the differences between teams recognized as College Club and those of the NCAA. It is also important for you to honestly assess yourself and your athletic abilities in order to gauge what opportunities are actually available to you.

Are You NCAA Ice Hockey Bound?
Universities with an NCAA DIV I, II, III, IA or IAA Ice Hockey Program are fully funded by their schools and may offer a variety of opportunites to athletically gifted students. These benefits include; scholarships, consideration in admissions, tutoring and much more. Recruitment for these teams is extremely competitive and according to the NCAA out of 133 schools within the U.S. with varsity hockey programs (57 Div. I, 8 Div. II & 67 Div III) each may offer 18 scholarships, yielding 2,394 nationwide throughout all three divisions. This does not mean that all schools offer the same number of scholarships. The 18 allowed per college or university, are the NCAA’s maximum number of scholarships an institution may offer; most do not offer the maximum number allowed. In addition, it is important to note that not all scholarships are available each year, as many are held by current players, thereby bringing the total down even further. In fact the NCAA reports that a total of 573 total or partial scholarships were awarded for the 2001-2002 college hockey season. Considering that there are over 52,700 college age players, as reported by USA Hockey for the 2001-2002 season, only one scholarship is awarded for every 92 players or just over 1 percent. And when one considers that the above numbers do not include Canadian and other foreign players, the opportunity of receiving a scholarship becomes even less promising.

Most NCAA hockey players are recruited but not playing on full or even partial scholarships. These players may have been contacted by college recruiters and, for various reasons other than a scholarship opportunity, selected an NCAA program. A final opportunity for those not recruited would be as a “walk-on.” These players have received no recruiting interest, yet may make the team during a pre-season try-out period. Unfortunately not all NCAA programs offer open try-outs. The NCAA reports 1,100 NCAA freshman roster positions for the 2001-2002 season and that less than thirteen in 100, or about 12.9 percent, of high school senior ice hockey players will go on to play men’s ice hockey at a NCAA member institution.

If you feel your hockey abilities are within the top 1 percent of the world and can earn you a scholarship, thus subsidizing your costs for education, or feel you are within the 12.9 percent of high school seniors who have the talent to make an NCAA team, we would strongly suggest talking with your coach and contacting an NCAA program. If however your primary goal is education and you wish to compliment your academic life with competitive ice hockey, a club program may be for you – particularly here at UCLA.

College Club Ice Hockey

When considering your next four years in higher education, your primary concern should be the academic qualifications and student life of the institution itself. Is it the right school for you? Does it have the academics you need? What will life be like out of the classroom? While a robust hockey experience will certainly enhance your college life, your future and the education you will obtain should direct your final decision. Unless you are one of the few select athletes who receive heavy recruiting your chances of playing professional sports or receiving a scholarship are very slim. Go to college to get an education, meet lifetime friends, play some sports & have fun! When the final whistle blows and you’re 21 years old and out of college, what you will have is experience, memories and a college degree. Don’t make the mistake of selecting a college only because they are the only school that offered you a scholarship or because you fooled yourself into believing you could make the team. Pick a college because that’s where you would want to spend the next four to five years of your life. Fortunately for those hockey players who do gain admission at UCLA, they can enjoy the best of many worlds: a very competitive and challenging ice hockey program within a internationally respected university located in an idyllic and active setting.

Your high school performance as a student will be just as important in gaining admission to a prominent university like UCLA, as your performance on the ice would be for gaining a hockey scholarship. UCLA is considered one of the top universities in the world offering students a variety of academic options all in the picturesque setting of Southern California. We are sure, once you have compared UCLA to other colleges and universities, you will understand why UCLA is the most popular university in the nation, receiving more applications for admission annually than any other.

The UCLA Ice Hockey Team is a member of the PAC 8 Conference of the American College Hockey Association DIV II. The ACHA is comprised of over 150 Universities and Colleges throughout the U.S., while the PAC 8 represents those PAC 10 Universities with officially recognized programs. These include; California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State. Arizona State is also a member however plays in DIV I of the ACHA. While the team is recognized as a Club Sport, it should not be considered a “social” group and requires quite a commitment from the players. The team is on the ice four times a week with practices held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and games on Friday and Saturday. In addition, off ice activities from dry land practices, team work outs and chalk talks are also required. The team plays approx. 25 games per year traveling throughout the western United States. UCLA hockey games usually draw in an average of 1,000 screaming Bruin fans who also travel to away games to support the Blue and Gold.

The level of play varies from team to team and even within a team. UCLA currently carries both an A and B team with the A team playing and traveling to the other PAC 8 and ACHA Universities, while the B team plays a less extensive schedule vs. other local B teams and recreational teams. In some cases, B players can, and have moved up to the A team. The A team is comprised of players with backgrounds as diverse as; local players who grew up playing in the Southern California area, Junior players who chose to pursue education rather than hockey careers and even former NCAA Div I players now attending UCLA as graduate students. These include players from Brown, Colorado College, Dartmouth, Harvard, Michigan, Minnesota, Princeton and Yale. Former professional players are not allowed to compete in the ACHA despite their academic standing. Each player is also required to participate in fundraising and promotional events. These events are usually quite fun and run from handing out information at other campus events to working with our sponsor, The Los Angeles Kings.

The team also enjoys popularity within the UCLA campus community as well. The cross-town rivalry with USC brings fans out to standing room only capacity at Healthsouth with FOX SPORTS WEST and COX Cable providing the television coverage. The UCLA Daily Bruin with a daily circulation of 26,000, provides in-depth reporting of games and seasonal spotlights of individual players. UCLA Student Housing also provides shuttle service from the dormitories to home games, keeping the collegiate atmosphere alive.

Away from the ice, UCLA Ice Hockey has participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities. Because of UCLA’s proximity to Hollywood, the team and players have participated in the filming of several commercials, television series and motion pictures. To date Bruins can be seen in: the motion picture “Senseless,” the television series “The Nanny,” and several sports related commercials. In addition to acting, UCLA has participated in the 2001-2002 All Star Weekend – playing an exhibition game prior to the All-Star game, Los Angeles Kings Camp, Tip-a-King, and many more.

Playing for UCLA

Because UCLA is a Club Sport administered by UCLA Recreation and not an NCAA program run by UCLA Athletics, the program and its advisors can not assist students in gaining admission to the University. Those interested in playing on the UCLA Ice Hockey Team must first gain admission based solely on their own academic eligibility and application. We will be happy to assist you any way we can with your admissions materials should you need help during the application process. UCLA is extremely competitive and receives more applications for freshman enrollment than any other university in the nation. In 2010, of the 57,660 applicants, 13,042 were admitted. The average scores for an incoming Freshman in 2010 were: GPA 4.37, SAT (V) 662, SAT (M) 691, and SAT (W) 677. A complete picture of an average UCLA freshman and more information on admission is available on the Undergraduate Admission web site. Because of UCLA’s competitive admissions you should begin preparing for you application as soon as possible. Academic elements UCLA considers for admission are:

  • GPA
  • Performance on the standardized tests: The Scholastic Assessment Test I [SAT I]; ACT Assessment; and SAT II subject tests, including Writing, Mathematics [Level 1 or 2], and additional subjects.
  • Number of and performance in honors, Advanced Placement [AP], International Baccalaureate [IB], and college courses
  • The strength of the senior-year program.
  • Quality, quantity, and level of course work throughout the entire high school program, especially course work completed beyond the minimum courses required
  • The strength of the program taken within the context of the high school attended.
  • A progressively challenging academic program, including honors/AP/IB courses as well as mastery of academic subjects demonstrated by high grades.
  • Participation in activities which develop academic or intellectual abilities.
  • Presence of summer session/inter-session courses which enhance academic progress.
  • Membership in the top 4% of the school.
  • Honors and awards in recognition of academic, intellectual, or creative achievement.

Once you are, or have already been admitted, contact the team immediately. Try-outs are held in September. Please consult our web site for more information as the month draws nearer.

We hope after a serious assessment of not only your desires in collegiate ice hockey, but your education and career goals as well, you will find UCLA the right choice. It is important for you and your family to honestly assess your potential as a hockey player and its place in your overall educational and career objectives. Should you have any questions regarding the team or UCLA, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you – UCLA Ice Hockey


Campus Office 2131 John Wooden Center,

Box 951612

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1612


Home Ice Valley Ice Center,

8750 Van Nuys Blvd,

Panorama CA, 91402


Chancellor Dr. Gene Block,
Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Claudia Mitchell-Kernan,
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student & Campus Life – Dean of Students Robert J. Naples,
Director, Cultural & Recreational Affairs Mick Deluca,
Director, Center for Student Programming Berky Nelson,
Recreation Advisor Adam Pruett,


Student Groups Advisor Pam Cysner,
General Manager Jason Kitay
Ice Hockey Founded 1926
Colors Blue & Gold
Nickname Bruins
Conference PAC 8
Conference Web Site www.pac8hockey.com/
National Affiliation American College Hockey Assoc.
Campus Facts
Enrollment 36,890
Campus Founded 1919


00-01 PAC-8 Tournament, Third Place

99-00 PAC-8 Tournament, Runner-up

98-99 PAC-8 Tournament, Champions

98-99 PAC-8 Regular Season Champions

97-98 PAC-8 Tournament, Third Place

90-91 PCHA Champions

90-91 PCHA Regular Season Champions

89-90 PCHA Champions

89-90 PCHA Regular Season Champions

39-40 Howard Cup Champions

39-40 PCC Regular Season Champions

27-28 SIHL Champions

27-28 SIHL Regular Season Champions

26-27 SIHL Champions

26-27 SIHL Regular Season Champions


James Campbell

00-01 All PAC 8

Tommy Kim

00-01 All PAC 8, Second Team

Mike Michelena

00-01 All PAC 8, Second Team

Ben Theule

00-01 All PAC 8

James Campbell

99-00 All ACHA Western Region

Ben Theule

99-00 All ACHA Western Region

James Campbell

99-00 All PAC 8

Mike Michelena

99-00 All PAC 8

Ben Theule

99-00 All PAC 8

Patrick Masson

99-00 Coach of the Year

Eric Eisner

98-99 All ACHA Western Region

Reinhart Kramwreither

98-99 All ACHA Western Region

Mike Michelena

98-99 ACHA #1Goaltender

Ben Theule

98-1999 PAC-8 MVP

Daryl Evans

98-99 Coach of the Year

Daryl Evans

97-98 Coach of the Year

Mike Thompson

89-90 PCHA MVP


Bill Ackerman,

Assistant Coach & Advisor

UCLA Tennis Coach & UCLA Athletic Director

Rick Adam,

Player, 1980-1984

Current League President & CEO,

East Coast Hockey League

John Anderson,

Player, 1936-1940

Founder, The John Anderson School of Business

Daryl Evans,

Head Coach, 1997-Present
Six year NHL Veteran

James Parker,

Player, 1996-99

Hockey Official, AHL IHL, NHL & WCHL,