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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 2020-21, they’ll begin play in early January, 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 WWCHL Playoffs for the first time ever, and qualified for the regional tournament for the 2nd consecutive season.

Team 2

Team 2 will begin its second year at the Division II level trying to further the success that Team 1 has had. Team 2 ascended to the Division II level last year after competing at the Division III level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) for three seasons. The ice hockey season runs from early January 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!

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GCU Men’s Ice Hockey Schedules

Showing 2020-2021

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 02/05/2021 Intrasquad Scrimmage AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM FINISHED
Friday 02/19/2021 Intrasquad Scrimmage AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM FINISHED
Friday 02/26/2021 Intrasquad Scrimmage AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM FINISHED
Saturday 03/13/2021 Intrasquad Scrimmage AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM FINISHED
Friday 03/26/2021 vs CHEL D1 AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM 5-12 L
Saturday 03/27/2021 at CHEL D1 Oceanside 4:40 PM 1-10 L

Showing 2020-2021

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 03/19/2021 at CHEL D2 Oceanside Ice Arena 7:45 PM 0-4 L
Saturday 03/20/2021 vs CHEL D2 AZ Ice Arcadia 1:00 PM 0-4 L

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 fifth season as both head coach of men’s ice hockey and director of hockey operations at Grand Canyon University. 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.  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.

Kelly Newton

Assistant Coach

Kelly Newton begins his second full season as a member of the Grand Canyon University Men’s Hockey coaching staff, having joined the Lopes in early 2019.  Even before stepping onto the GCU campus, Newton brought one of the most extensive resumes of anyone in the ACHA.  Newton has been a coach for the past dozen years for three perennial powerhouses in the west.  Newton came to GCU after spending four months as an assistant coach for the Buffaloes’ D1 program at the University of Colorado.  That was his first assistant coaching job in over a decade, since he spent the three years before that overseeing the University of Northern Colorado Bears’ Men’s Hockey program, leading them to the ACHA D2 National Tournament.

Newton’s greatest coaching success also came in the Rocky Mountain State, since from 2006 until 2014, Newton was the head coach for Colorado State University, overseeing both the D1 and D2 teams.  Under his tutelage, the Rams went to eight consecutive ACHA National Tournaments.  Newton’s head coaching record all-time is 130-60-11, one of the better ones in the history of ACHA D2.

Newton also brings another kind of valuable experience to the Lopes, since he helped lead CSU’s rise to the ACHA Division 1 level in 2013-something GCU will do starting in the 2019-20 season.  Newton also holds a USA Hockey Masters Coaching level 5, and is an active member of FCA Hockey.

Newton has another big reason to bleed Lopes’ purple, since his daughter Kennedy is a sophomore at GCU.


Xavier Lopez

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Xavier Lopez begins his second 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, 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.