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Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association
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Established 1972
[[ACHA]] Division II
Members 4
Sports fielded Men's ice hockey
Region West
Former names Southern California Collegiate Hockey Association (SCCHA)
Headquarters ,

The Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association (PCHA) is a collegiate hockey conference within Division 2 of the ACHA. The PCHA has been in operation for more than 40 years and administers the PCHA Playoffs at the conclusion of each regular season. The winner of the PCHA Playoffs receives the coveted Adams Cup, named after Cary Adams who started the conference.


The PCHA, originally named the Southern California Collegiate Hockey Association, began in 1972. The three charter schools were Cal State Northridge, UCLA and Caltech.

In 2008 San Diego State became the first PCHA team to advance to the ACHA Division 3 National Championship Game but lost to California University (PA). In 2011 College of the Canyons became the first PCHA team to win the national championship by defeating Hope College 5–3.

The PCHA has competed in Division 2 of the ACHA since the 2016-17 season.


School Location Founded Joined Affiliation Nickname Colors Website
Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA 1851 2016 Private (Roman Catholic) Broncos           [1]
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA 1918 2012 Community College Polar Bears           [2]
UC Davis Davis, CA 1905 2012 Public (University of California System) Aggies           [3]
UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA 1965 2016 Public (University of California System) Banana Slugs           [4]

Former members[]

School Current Division (Conference)
California ACHA D-2 (PAC-8)
Cal Lutheran ACHA D-2 (WCHC)
Cal State Fullerton ACHA D-2 (WCHC)
Cal State Northridge ACHA D-2 (WCHC)
College of the Canyons
Fresno State ACHA D-2 (Independent)
LA Valley College
Long Beach State ACHA D-2 (WCHC)
Moorpark College
Northern Arizona ACHA D-2 & D-3 (Independent)
Orange Coast College
Pierce College
Sacramento State
San Diego State ACHA D-2 (PAC-8)
San Francisco State
San Jose State ACHA D-2 (PAC-8)
Stanford ACHA D-2 (PAC-8)
UC Irvine ACHA D-2 (WCHC)
UC San Diego ACHA D-2 (Independent)
UC Santa Barbara ACHA D-2 (WCHC)
University of Redlands
West LA College

Adams Cup Champions[]

When the PCHA was split into two divisions the Division 1 champion was awarded the Adams Cup named after founder Cary Adams. The Division 2 champion was awarded the Warden Cup named after former president Doc Warden. In the modern era the PCHA champion is awarded the Adams Cup.

Year Division 1 Champion Runner Up Division 2 Champion Host Team/City
2020 Santa Rosa JC Santa Clara - Oakland
2019 Santa Clara UC Davis - Oakland
2018 UC Santa Barbara Santa Clara - South Lake Tahoe
2017 San Jose State (Non-member) Santa Clara - South Lake Tahoe
2016 Santa Rosa JC UC Davis - Santa Rosa JC
2015 Santa Rosa JC UC Davis - South Lake Tahoe
2014 Santa Rosa JC Santa Clara - UC Davis
2013 Santa Rosa JC UC Davis - South Lake Tahoe
2012 College of the Canyons Cal State Northridge - Bakersfield
2011 College of the Canyons Cal State Northridge - Fresno State
2010 College of the Canyons Cal State Northridge - South Lake Tahoe
2009 College of the Canyons Northern Arizona - Fresno State
2008 San Diego State Cal State Northridge - Bakersfield
2007 San Diego State Northern Arizona - Northern Arizona
2006 UC San Diego Santa Rosa JC - CSUN
2005 Moorpark College Santa Rosa JC - Fresno State
2004 College of the Canyons UC Davis - South Lake Tahoe
2003 Fresno State College of the Canyons - San Diego
2002 UC San Diego -
2001 UC San Diego -
2000 UC San Diego -
1999 Cal State Northridge -
1998 San Diego State -
1997 San Jose State -
1996 Orange Coast College Fresno State
1995 San Jose State -
1994 San Jose State -
1993 San Jose State Orange Coast College
1992 Stanford San Jose State
1991 UCLA Caltech
1990 Pepperdine Caltech
1989 UCLA Pepperdine
1988 Cal State Fullerton Caltech
1987 Cal State Fullerton USC
1986 Cal State Fullerton USC
1985 Cal State Fullerton UC Irvine
1984 USC Caltech
1983 Pierce College Pierce College Team 2
1982 Cal State Northridge Cal State Fullerton
1981 Cal State Northridge Long Beach State
1980 USC LA Valley College
1979 USC LA Valley College
1978 LA Valley College Caltech
1977 Cal State Northridge Pierce College
1976 USC USC Team 2
1975 - USC
1974 - Caltech
1973 - Caltech

Division 1 Championship Totals

Team Titles Years
Santa Rosa Junior College 5 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020
San Jose State 5 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2017
College of the Canyons 5 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
UC San Diego 4 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006
USC 4 1976, 1979, 1980, 1984
Cal State Northridge 4 1977, 1981, 1982, 1999
Cal State Fullerton 4 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
San Diego State 3 1998, 2007, 2008
UCLA 2 1989, 1991
Santa Clara 1 2019
UC Santa Barbara 1 2018
Moorpark College 1 2005
Fresno State 1 2003
Orange Coast College 1 1996
Stanford 1 1992
Pepperdine 1 1990
Pierce College 1 1983
LA Valley College 1 1978

ACHA Division 3 Nationals Teams[]

From 2002-2012 the PCHA sent 17 teams to the ACHA Division 3 National Tournament.

2012 Host City: Vineland, NJ

  • College of the Canyons (Finished 7th)

Davenport (L 8-2)

Robert Morris (W 9-6)

Central Florida (W 7-6 OT)

  • Cal State Northridge (Finished 9th)

Hope College (T 5-5)

California (PA) (L 8-6)

Alabama (W 7-6 OT)

2011 Host City: Holland, MI

  • College of the Canyons (National Champion)

Fredonia State (W 4-3)

Loyola-Maryland (W 5-4)

Saginaw Valley State (W 4-1)

California (PA) (W 2-1 OT)

National Championship Game- Hope College (W 5-3)

2010 Host City: Fort Myers, FL

  • College of the Canyons (Finished 5th)

Florida (W 8-3)

Robert Morris (W 7-4)

Saginaw Valley State (L 4-1)

  • Cal State Northridge (Finished 11th)

Central Florida (L 7-4)

California (PA) (L 9-2)

Lansing Community College (W 8-6)

2009 Host City: Rochester, NY

Penn State-Brandywine (W 5-1)

Saginaw Valley State (L 7-2)

College of the Canyons (W 11-3)

Dordt College (L 2-1 SO)

  • College of the Canyons (Finished 14th)

Albany (W 6-5)

Grand Valley State (L 7-2)

Northern Arizona (L 11-3)

Georgia Tech (L 9-7)

2008 Host City: Rochester, MN

  • San Diego State (National Runner-Up)

Tennessee (W 5-3)

Hope College (W 6-1)

Central Florida (W 6-1)

National Championship Game- California (PA) (L 7-3)

Northwood (W 4-3)

California (PA) (L 7-3)

Farmingdale State (W 5-4)

Hope College (L 4-3)

2007 Host City: Fort Wayne, IN

Tennessee (W 9-5)

Albany (L 3-2)

Northern Colorado (L 8-3)

Indiana (PA) (L 3-2)

  • College of the Canyons (Finished 10th)

Kennesaw State (L 12-3)

California (PA) (W 11-5)

San Diego State (W 6-5)

Wright State (L 12-4)

  • San Diego State (Finished 12th)

Indiana (PA) (L 6-4)

Central Florida (W 3-2)

College of the Canyons (L 6-5)

Penn State-Berks (L 3-1)

2006 Host City: Fort Myers, FL

  • College of the Canyons (Finished 12th)

Wright State (L 6-1)

Indiana (PA) (W 5-4 SO)

Central Florida (L 12-1)

Pittsburgh-Johnstown (L 9-2)

2005 Host School: California (PA)

  • Fresno State (Finished 6th)

St. Vincent (W 9-4)

Penn State-Berks (L 7-3)

California (PA) (W 7-2)

Wright State (L 8-2)

2004 Host School: Arizona State

  • West Los Angeles College (Finished 9th)

Indiana (PA) (L 1-0)

Florida Gulf Coast (W 9-4)

Radford (W 16-1)

Georgia Tech (W 9-2)

2003 Host School: Muskegon Community College

  • College of the Canyons (Finished 5th)

Wagner College (W 3-2)

Hope College (L 1-0)

Tennessee (W 9-7)

Georgetown (W 5-4)

2002 Host School: Georgia Tech

  • UC San Diego (Finished 8th)

Georgia (W 4-3)

Muskegon Community College (L 5-3)

Slippery Rock (L 3-2)


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