The GCU men’s ice hockey program provides students with the opportunity to play the sport at the collegiate level. The ice hockey season runs from late August through early March and consists of about 30 games against conference and non-conference club teams from other universities in and outside Arizona.
In 2017-18, the GCU club hockey team will enter its second year of competition in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). This season, our goal is to have a men’s team in ACHA Division II and III, with each team competing for a conference championship and a national tournament appearance.
We are excited for the future of the program and welcome you to join the Lopes ice hockey program!
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Daniel Roy is the head coach of men’s ice hockey and director of hockey operations at GCU. He has a long background in hockey that continued to college, where he played for Santa Rosa Junior College in 2005-06. The team folded the following season but Coach Roy and other teammates rebuilt the hockey program at SRJC, where he played again during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Roy transferred to Arizona State, where he played for the ACHA Division II Elite and PAC-8 teams.
Coach Roy has an impressive background in hockey with more than 20 years of playing experience and almost 10 years of coaching experience. He was an assistant coach for ASU’s club ice hockey team in ACHA Division II PAC-8. In his first season with ASU, the team qualified for their first D-II Western Regional tournament. During his second season with ASU’s ACHA DII Maroon (formally known as PAC-8) team, the team qualified for its first national tournament appearance. Roy was the head coach of the ACHA D-III UC-Davis Aggies during the 2009-10 season, leading them to a PCHA playoff berth. Danny was also a co-head coach for the Vacaville Jets U18A program and an assistant/goalie coach for the Cardinal Newman High School varsity hockey team.
Coach Roy and his wife, Emily, live in Tempe, Ariz., where they share their home with their dog and cat. He is extremely excited to have this opportunity with GCU. He is confident that his professionalism, drive for greatness and experience as a goalie, a player and a coach, will foster the growth of ice hockey at GCU and in Arizona.
Roger Del Fiacco is going into his second year of coaching at GCU. Coach Del Fiacco was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn., and he grew up playing ice hockey for the Phalen Youth Club, St. Casimir’s School and Hill High School as a defenseman. After high school, Coach Del Fiacco entered the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the war in Southeast Asia. Fortunate to not have been in the war zone, he brought his skates as he traveled the world and played for USAF hockey teams.
Coach Del Fiacco got involved in youth hockey after his return to civilian life. For the past 37 years, he was part of the staff that ran the Olympic Development Program in Blaine, Minn., as well 16U and 18U Select hockey programs in the Twin Cities area. He also coached high school hockey in Minnesota, Colorado, Montana and Arizona. In 2009, he helped start and build the Arizona Redhawks junior hockey program as an assistant coach. He remained there until job travel limited his coaching time in 2014. While with the Redhawks, he created and generated statistics for the coaching staff on strengths and weaknesses of player skills during practice and games. He also analyzed game films for team and opponent tendencies.
Coach Del Fiacco and his wife, Cathy, raised five children, four of whom played youth travel and high school hockey. They live in Laveen, Ariz., and their children have families in Minnesota and Arizona. Del Fiacco is excited to be a part of the GCU hockey program.
Jim Nellis is going into his second year as an assistant coach at GCU. Coach Nellis was born in Ontario, Canada. His family moved to Western Canada at a young age and settled in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He grew up playing at the highest level of hockey in the Saskatchewan minor hockey system.
Coach Nellis played Midget AAA for the Saskatoon Contacts, one of the top midget hockey programs in Canada. He was the leading scorer in his final season for the team. With the goal of earning a scholarship and playing U.S. college hockey, Coach Nellis played the majority of his junior hockey in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) for the North Battleford North Stars, the Minot Americans and the Flin Flon Bombers. He was selected by his coaches and peers as either captain or assistant captain of each team in his 20-year career.
His hope of playing U.S. college hockey ended due once he suffered a severe knee injury. He earned a degree from the University of Saskatchewan in finance and marketing in 2000. He has continued to coach and mentor younger developing players and has volunteered his time to coaching in the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association, as well as scouting for teams in the SJHL and Western Hockey League.
His leadership experience in hockey, business and personal wellness, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the game, are strong assets to the GCU hockey program. After a successful career in wealth management and marketing industries, Coach Nellis returned to school in Arizona to follow his passion – working with people. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in professional counseling and therapy with an emphasis in coaching at GCU.