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Welcome to GCU Women’s Ice Hockey

The GCU Women’s Ice Hockey team heads into Year 3 welcoming female players from across the country for an opportunity to play ice hockey at the collegiate level.

Our women’s hockey team is a member of the Western Women’s Collegiate Hockey League (WWCHL), and competes in Division I of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). During the 2018-19 season, not only did the team compete against teams nationwide, they were one of the leading teams on campus in community service, earning the ACHA’s Community Service Award for the second consecutive year.  The team is dedicated to not only allowing young women to continue their passion for playing hockey while earning their degrees and competing for an ACHA Division I title, but to enhance the women’s ice hockey community in Arizona on all youth levels.

Women’s Ice Hockey Program Information 2019-20

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GCU Women's Ice Hockey Coaching Staff

Natalie Rossi

Head Coach
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Focusing as much on the Grand Canyon University’s mission as the competitive spirit of hockey, Natalie Rossi heads into her third year as the head women’s hockey coach at GCU. Born in Staten Island, New York, and raised in Edison, New Jersey, Rossi grew up playing ice hockey, and transitioned from boys’ hockey to girls’ hockey in high school.  She played for the New Jersey Rockets girls’ club, and played NCAA D3 ice hockey at State University of New York at Oswego. Her knowledge of the game was the key to her ability to develop young players.

Upon graduating from SUNY Oswego, Rossi took her passion for playing hockey and turned it into a passion for coaching. Rossi coached teams from U8 to U19 with the New Jersey Rockets, where she helped grow the organization from two to ten teams. Rossi moved to Arizona in 2013, and began coaching with the Arizona Lady Coyotes, a local youth club. Currently, she continues to grow Arizona ice hockey as an Arizona Amateur Hockey Association State Girls Hockey Representative and Co-Hockey Director of local girls youth program, Arizona Kachinas. Through her work with youth hockey,  Rossi helps current GCU players with beginning to coach through an initiative with the Arizona Coyotes that allows girls to get coaching certified. 

Rossi and the Lopes have also been recognized nationally. Rossi was awarded as WWCHL Coach of the Year for the 2018-2019 season, and her team has also won the ACHA Division I Community Service Award each of the last two seasons.

Erin Cain

Assistant Coach
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Erin Cain has been a member of the Arizona hockey community since she started playing the sport at the age of 6 at the Ice Den in Scottsdale. She attended Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, playing for Brophy College Preparatory and Colorado Selects girls’ hockey teams throughout high school. Cain played NCAA Division I College Hockey from 2009-2013 at the University of Vermont, where she was a two-year captain. She received her undergraduate degree in nutrition and food science, and recently received her Master’s in Health Studies from Texas Women’s University.

Cain is currently the Director of Operations for Brian Cain Peak Performance, a sport psychology consulting company, and a certified Peak Mental Performance Coach. In 2014, Cain completed her yoga teacher training and now specializes in teaching yoga to athletes.

Since the summer of 2018, Cain has been a coach for the Arizona Coyotes’ youth programs, Small Frys and Arizona Kachinas. She is passionate about growing girls’ hockey in Arizona, and providing her athletes with the many opportunities hockey has to offer. Cain lives in Paradise Valley with her husband, Brian, and two French bulldogs.

KC McGinley

Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach
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KC McGinley is an Arizona native who grew up playing hockey locally. At the age of 16, McGinley moved to Colorado to play for the Colorado Select program to pursue her dreams of playing college hockey. McGinley played NCAA DIII at UMASS Boston for a year and a half, and then transferred home to ASU. McGinley helped start the women’s hockey program at Arizona State, and was team captain for the three years she played there. She also received WWCHL First Team All-Tournament in 2017 and WWCHL All-League Team in 2018. McGinley has been a coach for the Small Fry’s and Kachina’s youth summer programs since the beginning, and is now a part of the Kachina’s U19 coaching staff. Her goals with the GCU women’s program is to bring a love of health and fitness to the girls to help them get to the next level on the ice.

Kelsey Atkinson

Assistant Coach
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Kelsey Atkinson is heading into her third season as the Women’s Ice Hockey assistant coach for Grand Canyon University. Atkinson earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from GCU in 2018. Atkinson is a USA Hockey Level 3 coach with experience coaching youth hockey and 1-on-1 goalie sessions. Atkinson also played high school hockey as a goalie at Wyoming Seminary prep school in Pennsylvania and made the All-League Team for the North American Prep Hockey Association (NAPHA).

Although Atkinson’s main focus is with the goalies, she is well-versed in coaching all positions. Atkinson has been an integral part of the growth of GCU Women’s Ice Hockey through prospect camps, recruiting and marketing. Along with being a hockey coach, she has a full-time job working as an Arizona RealtorⓇ specializing in first-time home buyers. When she is not at the rink, Atkinson enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful state of Arizona.