The CSU Rams Women’s Ice hockey team competes at a highly competitive, national level in the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Women’s Division 1. The ACHA is affiliated with USA Hockey. We are in the Western Women’s Collegiate Hockey League (WWCHL) along with the University of Denver and rivals University of Colorado - as well as Arizona State, Grand Canyon, Midland, Lindenwood – Belleview, University of Wisconsin, and University of Minnesota.
Our season begins with tryouts in early September and runs through the National Championships in early March. We honor school holidays and have a mid season holiday break from mid-November through early-January. In total, we play 25-30 games per season. Of which 14-16 are league games against our division and 12-14 are against teams in the east such as UMASS, URI, Miami – Ohio, Liberty, and Penn State.
As student-athletes we do have university excused absences roughly eight school days per season due to the four travel-weekends we take every year. The Women’s Hockey Team practices on-ice three times per week and holds off-ice drylands twice a week. These take place in the mornings or evenings in order to not conflict with class schedules.
We function as a student-run organization, thus our program depends on the five-member student board with the support of the CSU Campus Recreation Office, our faculty advisor, Peter Jacobs, and head coach, Loch Miller. The student officers manage finances, travel, media, and scheduling. In addition to our regular season, we volunteer within the Fort Collins and greater community two-three times per season, and partake in regular fundraising events throughout the year.
In all, the team is the tightest knit group of women out there. The program provides so much more beyond hockey. Being a student-athlete offers not only community and companionship, but also teaches responsibility, time management, communication skills, and above all leadership. The women’s hockey team provides these life-long attributes all while fostering a competitive and high quality collegiate athletic opportunity.