Pacific 8 Intercollegiate Hockey Conference
|The PAC-8 Hockey Conference|
|States:||California (3), Washington (2),
|Executive Director:||AJ Boldan|
|Associate Director:||Jeff Dralla|
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.
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 five-man shootout to determine the winner. This differs with the NHL, which uses a three-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 five-man shootout.
|University of California||Berkeley, CA||1868||Public Flagship (University of California system)||35,409||Golden Bears|
|University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)||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 (USC)||Los Angeles, CA||1880||Private/Non-sectarian||32,160||Trojans|
|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).
- Arizona State has two teams in the ACHA. One competes in Division 1. The other competes in Division 2 but is independent and is a former member of the Pac 8.
- Colorado also competes in Division 1 in the WCHL.
- Stanford is a former member of the Pac 8 but now competes in Division 2 as an independent.
- Oregon State currently does not have an ice hockey team.
- Utah competes in Division 1 but is a former member of the Pac 8.
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.
|2017||UCLA||Washington||South Lake Tahoe|
|2016||Utah||USC||South Lake Tahoe|
|2015||Utah||Oregon||South Lake Tahoe|
|USC||8||2010, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998|
|Utah||3||2016, 2015, 2013|
|Oregon||3||2009, 2008, 2005|