West Coast Hockey Conference

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West Coast Hockey Conference
Established: 2010
Sport: Ice hockey
League: ACHA
Classification: Division II
Members: 6
State(s): California (6)
Web site: WCHC Hockey

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


The first game in conference history was played on October 1, 2010. Long Beach State defeated San Diego State 4-3 in San Diego. 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.

The WCHC announced on April 16, 2011 UNLV was voted unanimously to become the 7th member of the conference.[2] After the 2011-12 season Arizona State, San Diego State and UNLV went back to being independent leaving the conference with four teams for the next two seasons.

The WCHC announced on February 25, 2014 Cal State Northridge was unanimously voted to join the conference increasing membership to five schools. On June 29, 2015 the WCHC announced Northern Arizona would be leaving to become independent and Arizona State's Pac 8 team would be leaving that conference to join the WCHC to keep the conference membership at five. On February 7, 2016 it was announced San Diego State would rejoin the conference. Arizona State later decided to become independent. For the 2017-18 season, Chapman was voted in to the conference as it's sixth member team.


School Location Founded Joined Affiliation Nickname Colors
California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, CA 1957 2010 Public (California State University System) Titans          
California State University, Northridge Northridge, CA 1958 2014 Public (California State University System) Matadors          
Chapman University Orange, CA 1861 2017 Private Panthers          
Long Beach State University Long Beach, CA 1949 2010 Public (California State University System) 49ers          
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA 1911 2010 Private (Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities) Lions          
San Diego State University San Diego, CA 1897 2016 Public (California State University System) Aztecs          

Former Members[edit]

School Current Division (Conference)
Arizona State ACHA D-1 (WCHL)
Arizona State ACHA D-2 (Independent)
Northern Arizona ACHA D-2 (Independent)
UNLV ACHA D-1 (Independent)

Team Histories[edit]

  • Cal State Fullerton previously belonged to the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association Division 3 conference before the program disbanded 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. They 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 for the 2010-11 season. The Panthers moved up to Division 2 for the 2014-15 season.
  • Long Beach State previously belonged to the PCHA. In the late 1990's the 49ers moved up to Division 2.
  • Loyola Marymount first had an ice hockey team from 1930 to 1942.[3] The Lions re-established their program for the 2006-07 season.
  • San Diego State previously belonged to the PCHA. The Aztecs moved up to Division 2 for the 2008-09 season after being the Division 3 National Runner-Up to California University (PA).


Year Champion Runner-Up Host
2018 Long Beach State
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[edit]

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)


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