Pacific 8 Intercollegiate Hockey Conference
|The PAC-8 Hockey Conference|
|States:||California (3), Washington (2), Arizona (1), Oregon (1), Utah (1)|
|Executive Director:||Johnny Nguyen|
|Associate Director:||Mark Francis|
The Pacific 8 Intercollegiate Hockey Conference (PAC-8) is a collegiate men's ice hockey conference that competes in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The PAC-8 is made up of non-varsity ice hockey teams from most of the universities of the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.
Regular Season Format
According to the PAC-8 Charter, membership is limited only to sanctioned teams from universities that are also members of the Pac-12. By rule, each season starts on October 1 of each year.
Starting with the 2013-2014 season and the introduction of one additional team (for a total of 8), the PAC-8 elected to increase the number of conference games to 14, as well as play a divisional schedule.
- The North Division consists of four teams: Oregon, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
- The South Division consists of four teams: Arizona State, California, UCLA and USC.
Two points are awarded for a win, and 1 point for an overtime loss. At the end of the regular season, the top 3 teams from each division (including the host team) are invited to the PAC-8 Hockey Conference Tournament in mid-February.
Along with the required conference schedule, teams schedule several non-conference games against ACHA opponents for regional and national ranking consideration.
In game play, the ACHA follows the NCAA Rulebook for ice hockey. For interconference games, the PAC-8 mostly follows the same rules for game times and structure. A notable difference is in cases of a tie game after regulation and a 5-minute sudden-death overtime period, the PAC-8 uses a 5-man shootout to determine the winner. This differs with the NHL, which uses a 3-man shootout. This shootout is also carried into conference playoff games (both the NHL and NCAA use additional sudden-death overtime periods to determine the winner). For the 2013-2014 season, a small change was introduced to allow for an extended 10-minute overtime period for only the championship game of the conference tournament, after which the winner would be determined by a 5-man shootout.
Prior to the 2012-2013 season, the conference used a mathematical formula to account for an unbalanced schedule between teams. Points were awarded based on wins, with more weight given to wins against teams with better win/loss records.
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||1885||Public (Arizona Board of Regents)||59,794||Sun Devils|
|University of California||Berkeley, CA||1868||Public Flagship (University of California system)||35,409||Golden Bears|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA||1919||Public (University of California system)||38,000||Bruins|
|University of Oregon||Eugene, OR||1876||Public Flagship (Oregon University System)||22,386||Ducks|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||1880||Private/Non-sectarian||32,160||Trojans|
|University of Utah||Salt Lake City, UT||1850||Public Flagship (Utah System of Higher Education)||30,819||Utes|
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||1861||Public Flagship||42,708||Huskies|
|Washington State University||Pullman, WA||1890||Public||25,135||Cougars|
Of the remaining Pac-12 universities:
- Arizona competes in Division 1 of the ACHA in the Western Collegiate Hockey League (though it is a founding member of the PAC-8).
- Colorado competes in Division 1 in the WCHL.
- Stanford competes in Division 3 in the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association.
- Oregon State currently does not have an ice hockey team.
The PAC-8 Championship Tournament is typically held the weekend before Presidents Day Weekend in February. The weekend also consists of the annual league meeting and the end-of-season awards banquet.
|USC||8||2010, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998|
|Oregon||3||2009, 2008, 2005|
- PAC-8 web site
- Arizona State Sun Devils
- California Golden Bears
- Oregon Ducks
- UCLA Bruins
- USC Trojans
- Utah Skatin' Utes
- Washington Huskies
- Washington State Cougars