In 1987, Chris Warner, Editor/Publisher of The US Hockey Report wrote in Sports Illustrated, “To college hockey fans in the snowbelt areas of the U.S., it must have seemed as unlikely as surfing in Duluth. The nations top college hockey rivalries in – Los Angeles? Not to the fans who packed the 5,000 seat Polar Palace on Saturday nights from the middle to late 1930’s”
But as early as 1925 The California Amateur Hockey Association was formed, consisting of the Hollywood Athletic Club, Los Angeles Monarchs and Los Angeles Athletics. A novelty to most sports fans, games drew as many as 3,000. The league was later known as the California Hockey League and the Commercial Hockey League. The opening of the Hollywood rink led to the formation in 1926 of the California Professional Hockey League, which included the Hollywood Millionaires and Los Angeles Richfields. The league fell victim to the Depression and dissolved in 1933. The Inter-City League appeared in 1934 with teams in Hollywood, Glendale and Los Angeles, but few records of it exist. Local college players stocked the Southern California Hockey League, which had success into the early 1940s at the Pan Pacific Auditorium, near Gilmore Field and the open air Sonia Henjie Westwood Palace of Ice.
UCLA first began play in 1926. In their first two seasons, the UCLA Bruins dominated play going undefeated against teams from Southwestern University, Occidental and The Hollywood Athletic Club. For three straight season’s UCLA captured the Southern Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship.
By 1929, the Pacific Coast Hockey League was formed and along with UCLA, The Hollywood Athletic Club, Occidental and Southwestern, included USC, Loyola, California and The Automobile Club of Southern California.
The 1926-27 UCLA Bruins Ice Hockey Team
The Bruins played a variety of teams across the Western United States and Canada from Loyola University and Occidental College in Southern California, to the Universities of Vancover and Toronto.
UCLA and USC, face off in 1940. Two of the leagues
outstanding centers met in this face-off between the
Bruins and Trojans. Bruin captain Morrie Pechet was
opposed by Eric Beauchamp.
UCLA first battled cross town rival, The University of Southern California Trojans in 1928. A then record crowd of 1,500 spectators attended, and although UCLA lost to USC 4-3, a tradition of competition began that remains one of the longest continuous rivalries in either school’s history.
UCLA goaltender, Jim Bartholomew, is lost amid flying pucks
and sharp skates as he blocks the shot on goal.
Waiting to receive the puck were
Clyde Christofferson and USC’s Harry Black.
Today, UCLA and USC meet for a five game series known as the “Cross Town Cup”. In addition to USC, UCLA plays schools throughout the west, competing in the Pacific Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (PAC-8). The PAC-8 is comprised of those PAC-10 Universities with Ice Hockey programs; Arizona State, Stanford, California Berkeley, UCLA, Southern California, Oregon, Washington and Washington State. The UCLA Bruins were the 1998-99 PAC-8 regular season and tournament champions.
UCLA’s national affiliation is with The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The ACHA represents over 120 colleges and universities across the United States, and ranked UCLA 15th nationally and fourth in the west during the 1998-99 season.
The UCLA, USC rivalry continues today.
USC’s Nick Nickson’s shot is stopped by UCLA’s Mike Michelena.
2012-2013 Crosstown Cup Champions
2009-2010 Crosstown Cup Champions
2005-2006 PAC-8 Tournament, Third Place
2004-2005 PAC-8 Tournament, Third Place
2004-2005 PAC-8 Regular Season Champions
2000-2001 PAC-8 Tournament, Third Place
1999-2000 PAC-8 Tournament, Runner-up
1998-1999 PAC-8 Tournament, Champions
1998-1999 PAC-8 Regular Season Champions
1997-1998 PAC-8 Tournament, Third Place
1990-1991 PCHA Tournament, Champions
1990-1991 PCHA Regular Season Champions
1988-1989 PCHA Tournament, Champions
1988-1989 PCHA Regular Season Champions
1986-1987 PCHA Tournament, Runner-up
1986-1987 PCHA Regular Season Champions
1939-1940 Howard Cup Champions
1939-1940 PCC Regular Season Champions
1927-1928 SIHL Champions
1927-1928 SIHL Regular Season Champions
1926-1927 SIHL Champions
1926-1927 SIHL Regular Season Champions
2012-2013 All Pac 8 First Team, Michael Carder
2012-2013 All Pac 8 Third Team, Al Ricciardelli
2011-2012 All Pac 8 Second Team, Michael Carder
2011-2012 All Pac 8 Second Team, Doo Soo Kim
2011-2012 All Pac 8 Second Team, Al Ricciardelli
2010-2011 All Pac 8 First Team, Daniel Vaynter
2010-2011 All Pac 8 Second Team, Michael Carder
2010-2011 All Pac 8 Honorable Mention, Al Ricciardelli
2009-2010 All PAC 8 1st Team, Daniel Vaynter
2008-2009 All PAC 8 1st Team, Daniel Vaynter
2008-2009 All PAC 8 1st Team, Dylan Ramos
2008-2009 All PAC 8 2nd Team, Neal Parsons
2007-2008 All Pac 8 1st Team, Aaron Munoz
2006-2007 All Pac 8 Honorable Mention, Aaron Munoz
2005-2006 All PAC 8 1st Team, Martin Galstyan
2005-2006 All PAC 8 1st Team, Adam Kubalski
2005-2006 All PAC 8 1st Team, Martin Galstyan
2005-2006 All PAC 8 1st Team, Scott Freschet
2005-2006 All PAC 8 Honorable Mention, Ryan Samec
2004-2005 All PAC 8 1st Team, Martin Galstyan
2004-2005 All PAC 8 2nd Team, Niki Kollar
2004-2005 All PAC 8 Honorable Mention, Stu Szuch
2004-2005 All PAC 8 Honorable Mention, Paul Medina
2004-2005 All PAC 8 Honorable Mention, Matt Miller
2003-2004 All PAC 8 Honorable Mention, Ryan Samec
2003-2004 All PAC 8 Honorable Mention, Scott Freschet
2000-2001 All ACHA Western Region, James Campbell
2000-2001 All ACHA Western Region, Ben Theule
2000-2001 All PAC 8, James Campbell
2000-2001 All PAC 8, Mike Michelena
2000-2001 All PAC 8, Ben Theule
1999-2000 Coach of the Year, Patrick Masson
1998-1999 ACHA #1 Ranked Goaltender, Mike Michelena
1998-1999 PAC-8 MVP, Ben Theule
1998-1999 Coach of the Year, Daryl Evans
1997-1998 Coach of the Year, Daryl Evans
1989-1990 PCHA MVP, Mike Thompson
John Anderson, 1936-1940
Daryl Evans, 1997-Present