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Welcome to GCU Ice Hockey

The GCU Men’s Ice Hockey program provides students with the opportunity to play the sport competitively at the collegiate level, and the program reached historic heights in 2019-20.

Team 1

For the first time ever, after competing at the Division II level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) for three seasons, Team 1 moved up to the Division I level for the 2019-20 season.  In 2021-22, they’ll begin play in early October, and their schedule will run through early April when they’ll compete for regional and national championships.  Team 1 will compete against conference and non-conference club teams from other universities from Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and North Dakota.

In 2018-19, the GCU Men’s Ice Hockey team earned a No. 7 national ranking – their highest mark ever.  They also clinched the top seed at the WCHL Playoffs for the first time ever and qualified for the regional tournament for the 2nd consecutive season.

Team 2

Team 2 will begin its third year at the Division II level trying to further the success that Team 1 has had. Team 2 ascended to the Division II level two years ago after competing at the Division III level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) for three seasons. The ice hockey season runs from early October through March, and consists of games against conference and non-conference club teams from other universities from Arizona, Utah, California, Colorado and Texas.

We are excited for the future of the program, and welcome you to join the Lopes’ Men’s Ice Hockey program!

Pay your Men’s Hockey dues here.

GCU Men’s Ice Hockey Schedules

Showing 2021-2022

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 10/01/2021 at Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ 8:30 PM 6-1 W
Saturday 10/02/2021 at Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ 8:00 PM 5-6 (OT) L
Thursday 10/07/2021 at Maryville University (MO) St. Louis, MO 5:00 PM 4-7 L
Friday 10/08/2021 at Missouri State Springfield, MO 5:15 PM 2-15 L
Saturday 10/09/2021 at Missouri State Springfield, MO 3:00 PM 3-8 L
Saturday 10/16/2021 vs University of Arizona AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Friday 10/22/2021 vs Colorado University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Saturday 10/23/2021 vs Colorado University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Friday 11/05/2021 at University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 7:30 PM TBA
Saturday 11/06/2021 at University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 7:30 PM TBA
Friday 11/12/2021 at Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 8:00 PM TBA
Saturday 11/13/2021 at Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 7:00 PM TBA
Thursday 11/18/2021 vs University of Oregon AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Friday 11/19/2021 vs University of Utah AZ Ice Arcadia 5:30 PM TBA
Saturday 11/20/2021 vs University of Utah AZ Ice Arcadia 3:30 PM TBA
Friday 12/03/2021 vs University of Nevada, Las Vegas AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Saturday 12/04/2021 vs University of Nevada, Las Vegas AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Saturday 12/11/2021 at University of Arizona Prescott, AZ 7:00 PM TBA

Showing 2021-2022

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Saturday 10/02/2021 vs Northern Arizona University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM 9-0 W
Friday 10/08/2021 vs Arizona State University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM 1-2 (F/OT) L
Saturday 10/09/2021 vs Arizona State University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM 2-2 T
Thursday 10/14/2021 vs Northern Arizona University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM 5-3 W
Friday 10/15/2021 vs Utah State University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Friday 10/29/2021 vs Brigham Young University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Saturday 10/30/2021 vs Brigham Young University AZ Ice Arcadia 11:30 AM TBA
Friday 11/05/2021 vs Long Beach State University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Saturday 11/06/2021 vs Long Beach State University AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Thursday 11/11/2021 Boise Showcase Boise, ID NA TBA
Friday 11/12/2021 Boise Showcase Boise, ID NA TBA
Saturday 11/13/2021 Boise Showcase Boise, ID NA TBA
Sunday 11/14/2021 Boise Showcase Boise, ID NA TBA
Friday 11/19/2021 vs University of Oregon AZ Ice Arcadia 9:00 PM TBA
Friday 12/03/2021 at Arizona State University Tempe, AZ NA TBA
Sunday 12/05/2021 at Arizona State University Tempe, AZ NA TBA

GCU Men's Ice Hockey Roster - Team 1

GCU Men's Ice Hockey Roster - Team 2

GCU Men's Ice Hockey Coaching Staff

Daniel Roy

Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations
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Daniel Roy enters his sixth season as both head coach of men’s ice hockey and director of hockey operations at GCU. Roy has an impressive background in hockey with more than 25 years of playing experience and almost 10 years of coaching experience. His college playing career began in his hometown at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) in northern California in 2005.  The team folded the following season, but Roy and other teammates rebuilt the hockey program at SRJC, where he played again during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Roy then transferred to Arizona State University (ASU) in 2012, where he played goalie for ASU’s ACHA DII team.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in Communication from ASU in 2014, he was offered an assistant coach position with ASU’s ACHA DII team.  In his first season with ASU, the team qualified for their first ACHA DII Western Regional tournament and reached the ACHA DII National Tournament a year later.

Roy was also the head coach of UC Davis’s ice hockey program in 2009-10, and has coached various youth programs in northern California as well as here in Arizona. He is currently a coach with the Arizona High School Hockey Association (AHSHA) Premier Team and coach for Team Arizona, an elite high school hockey team which represents Arizona at the USA Hockey’s America’s Showcase.

Roy jumped at the chance to build the GCU Ice Hockey program from the ground up when he signed on in 2016.  Since then, the program has grown exponentially in numbers and in success.  In 2018-19, the Lopes’ Men’s Hockey team ranked seventh out of 55 teams in the West and qualified for regionals for the second consecutive season.  Roy has won the ACHA DII Western Region Coach of the Year award, taking the plaque home in 2018.

Roy married his high school sweetheart, Emily, in 2015, and they currently reside in Tempe, and are expecting their first child.  Roy is extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to build a winning program at GCU, and is confident that his professionalism, drive for greatness and experience as a goalie, player and coach will foster the growth of ice hockey at GCU and in Arizona. 

Xavier Lopez

Strength & Conditioning Coach
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Xavier Lopez begins his third season with GCU’s hockey program. Lopez came to GCU after graduating from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. He spent the final semester of his senior year interning with Central Washington’s strength coaches. The coaching staff was comprised of a variety of sports, some of which included football, women’s & men’s rugby, baseball, softball, and cross country. Lopez is eager, passionate, and driven to pursue his career in this field. Lopez intends to continue his education by entering a Master’s program. His long-term goal is to apply his skills and passion towards an athletic trainer position within a sports organization.