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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 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 2017-2018, 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!

Men’s Ice Hockey Program Information 2017-18

GCU Men’s Ice Hockey Schedule - Team 1

Showing 2017-2018

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 09/08/2017 vs Purple vs. Black Game AZ Ice Peoria 8:15 PM W
Friday 09/22/2017 vs Arizona State University DI AZ Ice Peoria 6:30 PM 3-8 L
Saturday 09/23/2017 vs Arizona State University DI AZ Ice Peoria 6:30 PM 2-4 L
Friday 09/29/2017 at University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 7:30 PM 3-5 L
Sunday 10/01/2017 vs Colorado State University DII AZ Ice Peoria 1:00 PM 6-4 W
Friday 10/06/2017 at California State University, Northridge Simi Valley, CA 8:15 PM 1-4 L
Saturday 10/07/2017 at California State University, Northridge Simi Valley, CA 9:30 PM 2-5 L
Sunday 10/08/2017 at San Diego State University (CA) San Diego, CA 3:30 PM 2-2 T
Friday 10/13/2017 at Arizona State University DII Gila River Arena 7:30 PM 3-5 L
Sunday 10/15/2017 at Arizona State University DII Tempe, AZ 1:00 PM 5-3 W
Thursday 10/19/2017 at Brigham Young University (UT) Provo, UT 7:00 PM 3-2 (OT) W
Friday 10/20/2017 at Weber State University (UT) Ogden, UT 7:00 PM 5-3 W
Saturday 10/21/2017 at Utah State University Logan, UT 7:00 PM 2-8 L
Sunday 10/29/2017 vs Utah State University AZ Ice Peoria 9:30 AM 1-2 L
Friday 11/03/2017 at California State University, Long Beach Long Beach, CA 7:35 PM 7-3 W
Saturday 11/04/2017 at California State University, Long Beach Long Beach, CA 6:40 PM 6-2 W
Friday 11/10/2017 vs Northern Arizona University DII AZ Ice Peoria 6:30 PM 1-5 L
Saturday 11/11/2017 vs Northern Arizona University DII AZ Ice Peoria 6:30 PM 1-1 T
Thursday 11/16/2017 at Brigham Young University (UT) (Beehive Showcase) Provo, UT 8:30 PM 4-6 L
Friday 11/17/2017 at Montana State University (Beehive Showcase) Ogden, UT 4:00 PM 10-2 W
Saturday 11/18/2017 at University of Colorado DII (Beehive Showcase) Provo, UT 12:00 PM 3-3 T
Sunday 11/19/2017 at Williston State College (ND) (Beehive Showcase) Ogden, UT 8:00 AM 4-5 L
Saturday 12/02/2017 vs Weber State University (UT) AZ Ice Peoria 6:30 PM TBA
Sunday 12/03/2017 vs Weber State University (UT) AZ Ice Peoria 1:30 PM TBA
Sunday 12/10/2017 vs AHSHA Premier U18 (exhibition) AZ Ice Peoria 1:30 PM TBA
Friday 01/05/2018 at University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 2:00 PM TBA
Saturday 01/06/2018 at University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 2:00 PM TBA
Friday 01/12/2018 at Colorado State University DII (Big Mountain Classic) Fort Collins, CO 9:15 PM TBA
Saturday 01/13/2018 at Dakota College (ND) (Big Mountain Classic) Boulder, CO 3:00 PM TBA
Sunday 01/14/2018 at Boise State University (ID) (Big Mountain Classic) Boulder, CO 3:00 PM TBA
Monday 01/15/2018 at University of Colorado DII (Big Mountain Classic) Boulder, CO 12:00 PM TBA
Saturday 01/20/2018 vs Arizona State University DII AZ Ice Peoria 6:30 PM TBA
Sunday 01/21/2018 at Arizona State University DII Tempe, AZ 1:00 PM TBA
Friday 01/26/2018 at Northern Arizona University DII Flagstaff, AZ 8:30 PM TBA
Saturday 01/27/2018 at Northern Arizona University DII Flagstaff, AZ 8:15 PM TBA
Sunday 01/28/2018 vs Washington State AZ Ice Peoria 1:30 PM TBA
Friday 02/09/2018 at University of Arizona Gila River Arena 7:30 PM TBA

GCU Men’s Ice Hockey Schedule - Team 2

GCU Men’s Ice Hockey Roster - Team 1

  • Michael Barabash
  • Travis Burrow
  • Noah Cascio
  • Coleton Edgington
  • Jake Fernow
  • Wyatt Grant
  • Trey Greene
  • Will Griswold
  • Connor Hansen
  • Brenton Hill
  • Brett Kramer
  • Tyler Kurek
  • Nick Marolda
  • Sullivan Murphy
  • Michael Norris
  • Cody Parker
  • Jeffrey Payne
  • Gabe Rankin
  • Alec Salotti
  • Marvin Simmons
  • Daniel Swail
  • Raymond Thomas
  • Matt Tweten
  • Tim Van Tuinen
  • Luke Wilson
  • Cameron Wojnicki

GCU Men’s Ice Hockey Roster - Team 2

  • Jacob Allen
  • Jake Beideman
  • John Carboun
  • Joseph Duca
  • Dan Dunn
  • Monte Gualtiere
  • Brad Hookom
  • Aaron Jackson
  • Nathan Mendez
  • Eli Miller
  • Drew Murchison
  • Zachary Nasternak
  • Anthony Peralta
  • Chan Saephan
  • Jacob Sandnas
  • Chase Smith
  • Evan Whitman
  • Edward Wolbert

GCU Men’s Ice Hockey Coaching Staff

Daniel Roy

Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations
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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

Associate Head Coach
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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

Associate Head Coach

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.