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West Coast Hockey Conference
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West Coast Hockey Conference logo
Established 2010
Association ACHA
Division Division II
Members 10
Sports fielded
Region West
Champions Cal State Northridge (4th title)
Most titles Cal State Northridge (4)
Website Official website

The West Coast Hockey Conference (WCHC) is an ACHA Division 2 club hockey league which began play in the Fall of 2010. The six charter schools were Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Northern Arizona and San Diego State.

History

The first game in conference history was played on October 1, 2010. San Diego State hosted Long Beach State and won 4-3. At the end of the regular season Arizona State was crowned the conference's first champion.[1] For the conference's second season and beyond a playoff will be held to determine the conference champion.

UNLV became the seventh member of the conference on April 16, 2011.[2] After the 2011-12 season Arizona State, San Diego State and UNLV became independent once again leaving the conference with four teams for the next two seasons.

Cal State Northridge became the fifth member of the conference on February 25, 2014.[3]

Northern Arizona left to become independent once again after the 2014-15 season and Arizona State's Pac-8 team transferred over to keep the conference membership at five.[4]

Arizona State left to become independent after one season and San Diego State rejoined the conference for 2016-17.[5]

Chapman became the sixth conference member for the 2017-18 season.[6]

The WCHC announced on May 14, 2018 UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and the University of San Diego were approved as members and San Diego State left to join the Pac-8 conference bringing the conference total to eight.[7]

The conference reached a new high in members with the addition of Cal State Bakersfield and UC Irvine for the 2019-20 season.[8] In an effort to even out the skill level two tiers were created. Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara were placed in the top tier with the remaining five teams placed in the second tier. All top tier teams automatically qualify for the playoffs and the top two teams in the second tier qualify as well.

Cal Lutheran became a new member for the 2020-21 season while UC San Diego left the conference. CLU replaces UCSD in tier II keeping total membership at ten.

Members

School Location Founded Joined Affiliation Nickname Colors Website
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA 1959 2020 Private (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Kingsmen           [1]
Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA 1965 2019 Public (California State University System) Roadrunners           None
Cal State Fullerton Fullerton, CA 1957 2010 Public (California State University System) Titans           [2]
Cal State Northridge Northridge, CA 1958 2014 Public (California State University System) Matadors           [3]
Chapman University Orange, CA 1861 2017 Private (Protestant) Panthers           [4]
Long Beach State Long Beach, CA 1949 2010 Public (California State University System) The Beach           [5]
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA 1911 2010 Private (Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities) Lions           [6]
UC Irvine Irvine, CA 1965 2019 Public (University of California System) Anteaters           None
UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1891 2018 Public (University of California System) Gauchos           None
University of San Diego San Diego, CA 1949 2018 Private (Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities) Toreros           None

Former members

School Current Division (Conference)
Arizona State ACHA D-1 (WCHL)
Arizona State-Maroon ACHA D-2 (PAC-8)
Northern Arizona ACHA D-2 (Independent)
San Diego State ACHA D-2 (PAC-8)
UC San Diego ACHA D-2 (Independent)
UNLV ACHA D-1 (WCHL)

Team Histories

  • Cal Lutheran started their program in the mid-1980s and played in the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association until disbanding in the mid-1990s. CLU re-established their program in 2013.
  • CSU Bakersfield started their program in 2018.
  • Cal State Fullerton also previously played in the PCHA until disbanding in 2005. The Titans re-established their program for the 2008-09 season, played that year in Division 3 and then moved up to Division 2 for the 2009-10 season.
  • Cal State Northridge founded the PCHA in 1972 along with UCLA and Cal Tech. The Matadors moved up to Division 2 for the 2012-13 season after making the Division 3 National Tournament in 2010 and 2012.
  • Chapman started their program in 2010. The Panthers moved up to Division 2 for the 2014-15 season.
  • Long Beach State also previously played in the PCHA. In the late 1990s The Beach moved up to Division 2.
  • Loyola Marymount originally had a team from 1930 to 1942.[9] The Lions re-established their program in 2006.
  • San Diego started their program in 2018.
  • UC Irvine also previously played in the PCHA until disbanding in 2010. The Anteaters re-established their program for the 2019-20 season.
  • UC Santa Barbara started their program in 2010. The Gauchos also previously played in the PCHA.

Champions

Year Champion Runner-Up Host
2021 Not played due to the COVID-19 Pandemic CSU Bakersfield
2020 Cal State Northridge Loyola Marymount Chapman
2019 Cal State Northridge[10] Long Beach State Cal State Fullerton
2018 Cal State Northridge Long Beach State Loyola Marymount
2017 Cal State Northridge San Diego State Cal State Northridge
2016 Arizona State-Maroon Cal State Northridge Loyola Marymount
2015 Northern Arizona Cal State Fullerton Northern Arizona
2014 Northern Arizona Long Beach State Long Beach State
2013 Northern Arizona Loyola Marymount Cal State Fullerton
2012 UNLV Northern Arizona UNLV
2011 Arizona State (Regular Season) - -

ACHA Division 2 Nationals Teams

The WCHC has sent five teams to the Division 2 National Tournament.

2016 Host City: West Chester, PA

Liberty (L 4-1)

William Paterson (L 5-1)

Lindenwood (L 9-1)

2015 Host City: Salt Lake City, UT

NYU (L 3-1)

Liberty (W 5-2)

Grand Valley State (L 7-2)

2014 Host City: Marlborough, MA

New Hampshire (L 3-1)

Liberty (L 6-2)

Grand Valley State (W 6-2)

2012 Host City: Fort Myers, FL

New Hampshire (W 7-1)

Maryland-Baltimore County (W 5-4 OT)

Michigan State (T 2-2)

Grand Valley State (L 8-2)

Penn State (L 9-0)

Siena College (L 3-1)

References

See also

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