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Stanford Joins PAC-8 Hockey Conference


It’s official: this season Stanford will be joining the Pacific 8 Intercollegiate Hockey Conference, otherwise known as the PAC-8. As the West Coast’s premier college hockey conference, the PAC-8 competes within Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and is comprised of member schools Arizona State, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, San Jose State, Cal, Boise State, Washington State, Washington, Eastern Washington, and Western Washington. Stanford was invited to join the PAC-8 this year in light of their excellent record last season, and the program’s remarkably rapid growth. Said Head Coach Spencer Mains: “The PAC-8 brings much more exposure to our hockey program, and with that we are hoping it will attract more fans, media coverage, and maybe even some new players.”

This will mean Stanford’s departure from the much smaller PCHA, a local conference that includes bay-area teams like UC Davis, Santa Rosa, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz. Don’t worry — the local rivals aren’t going anywhere, and will be on the 2019-2020 schedule alongside new PAC-8 opponents. The rough schedule for this upcoming season can be viewed here, and promises several exciting matchups against opponents the Cardinal hasn’t seen in a number of years. The season will open with a back-to-back weekend of home games against USC on October 2nd and 3rd as Stanford hopes to jump out to an early lead in the conference. Of course, no Stanford hockey season would be complete without the annual ‘Big Freeze’ matchup against bay-area rivals Cal Berkeley, who will face off against the Cardinal twice on October 30th and November 13th. “I’m excited to play UC Berkeley officially as part of the PAC-8,” said Captain and Team President Woody Wang. “We’ve fielded a more and more competitive game each year against them, and it’s about time we take back the Big Freeze Title.”

Stanford lines up for the National Anthem ahead of the last season’s Big Freeze in Oakland

After a challenging homestand against Washington State and Arizona State, Stanford will end the year with a northern road trip to Seattle, where they’ll play Washington twice on February 5th and 6th. And, if the season goes as planned, the Cardinal will earn a bid at the PAC-8 playoffs in Lake Tahoe. You can check out the full schedule (with locations) here, though times are TBD and elements are likely to change in order to adapt to challenges presented by COVID-19.

This is an incredibly exciting time for Stanford Ice Hockey, and joining the PAC-8 represents a major step forward for our team. Under the leadership of Mains, who joined as Head Coach last season, our program is growing rapidly; adding key new players and expanding the coaching staff. “Stanford Hockey has improved tremendously each and every season, and this push for the PAC-8 is the culmination of years of hard work by the players, coaches, fans, and alumni,” said Wang.

In addition to our updated website, we’ve launched new team instagram and facebook pages, where you can find all the latest updates and content. As fans, one of the most important things you can do to support the team is to follow us on social media! Speaking of supporting the team, we need your help — with our new schedule and rapidly growing program, our budget has also drastically increased to support new road trips, league dues, and more ice time for games and practices. Stanford Ice Hockey receives very limited funding from the University, and mostly relies on individual member dues to finance the team. Please consider checking out our donation page, where you can help support our team in this critical time. Thank you!

We’re hope you’re as excited as we are to join the PAC-8 and kick off an amazing season. There will be lots of updates and news coming soon, so be sure to stay tuned on our website and social media pages!

Welcome To Our New Website!


Welcome to the new website for Stanford Ice Hockey! After a lot of hard work, we’re proud to launch the latest platform where you can check news, scores, stats, and much more. Take a look around!

What’s New

We’ve added some additional pages to help you get to know the team. First, be sure to check out our new staff page, where you can learn about the boys behind the bench. We’ve also separated our roster and player stats into two separate pages. The roster will be updated shortly with pictures of the team, and you’ll be able to click on the players to view their unique profiles. All that’s coming soon! In addition, we have a brand-new page for recruits, with a recruiting form and FAQs. Finally, we’ve added a page where you can donate to Stanford Ice Hockey. We are actively seeking support from our community, so please consider donating.

We have also launched Instagram and Facebook pages. Make sure to give us a follow, as there will be a lot of important content coming soon, and throughout the season. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on Twitter, where we post game updates, and occasionally live-stream games with commentary!

Our schedule

A tentative version of our 2020-21 schedule is now available to view. There will be more games added as we get closer to the season, and no game times have been confirmed yet. This year, we’re expanding our horizons by playing opponents like USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, and Washington State, while rematching with familiar opponents like Cal, San Jose State, UC Davis, Cal Lutheran, UC Santa Cruz, and Santa Rosa. This will include two road-trips; one to SoCal in late October, and one to Seattle in early February to close off the season. If we make it to the post-season, there will be playoffs in Lake Tahoe sometime in mid-February. Stay tuned for future updates to the schedule!

Now recruiting for the 2019-2020 season!

Freshman, upperclassmen, grad students–welcome and thanks for your interest in the Stanford Hockey team! We are a club sport at Stanford and play division 2 hockey in the ACHA, regularly facing other programs like UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Santa Clara, and Fresno St.  The hockey team is a close-knit community that provides an excellent opportunity for students to meet new people, particularly upperclassmen and grad students. We encourage players with any level of experience to come to our tryouts the first week of classes. All you’ll need is your equipment; we do not provide any gear to new players so bring your bag to campus! Hopefully we can answer any questions you might have below, but if you’re at all interested in joining the team please reach out to our president, Woody Wang at


We will hold tryouts on Wednesday September 25th, 2019 at 11PM at the Nazareth Ice Oasis in San Mateo. We encourage players of all skill levels to attend tryouts! Be sure to keep checking the website and our Twitter for updates, and make sure you get in contact with Woody.

Practices and games

The team practices twice a week at the Nazareth Ice Oasis in San Mateo, where we also play our home games. Our season runs roughly from late September through March, typically keeping a pace of one or two games per week. We will organize carpooling to and from the rink at the beginning of the year, so no worries if you don’t have a car. 


As Stanford Ice Hockey is a club sport, we receive limited funding from the university. The team is largely self-funded, and players will need to pay dues every season. Players are NOT on scholarship, and prospective players receive NO special consideration regarding admissions. Stanford is a demanding university, and we understand that players may not be able to make it to every team event. However, we expect that all players make every effort to participate in team activities, practices, and games. Players who miss practice may see less playing time in games.

If you have any interest AT ALL in joining the team, please email Woody at We look forward to seeing you all to begin the school year and are excited to begin the latest chapter of Stanford Ice Hockey!