The Rams play at the highest level of hockey that is not salaried or provides scholarships, the ACHA Division 1 league, and we are a founding member of the toughest league in ACHA D1, the Western Collegiate Hockey League (WCHL). Members include Arizona State, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado State, Colorado, Missouri State, Oklahoma, and Central Oklahoma. The past two national champions have come from the WCHL.
We are affiliated with USA Hockey. The team has flexibility with opponents and scheduling and plans a challenging and fun season ever year. We play 35-40 games a season starting with open tryouts in late August and playing through the National Championships in March. We honor all school holidays to include an extended break over the holiday season and players miss few school days due to the 4-6 road trips we take each year. The team usually practices on ice 3 times an week in the evenings with additional drylands workouts to avoid conflict with class schedules and work. We also get prime ice time for our weekend games.
Beyond hockey, the program provides students with an excellent opportunity for leadership, responsibility, and quality athletics that will benefit them long after they graduate. Our program is student-led and our student players, with the support of the CSU Campus Recreation Office, dedicated coaches, managers, trainers, and interns manage the entire season to include travel, media and advertising, finances, marketing, and more. Beyond the season, the team works closely with the University, groups in the community, and youth hockey organizations to facilitate team events, volunteering and fundraisers to round out the college hockey experience.