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Welcome to GCU Women’s Ice Hockey

Come find out about our sport at our 2021-22 Informational Meeting:
Tuesday, September 7th
6:30PM
Bldg. 33 (Colangelo College of Business)
Room 208

The GCU Women’s Ice Hockey team heads into Year 5 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 2019-20 season, not only did the team compete against teams nationwide (including a big upset of then-fifth-ranked University of Colorado), they were one of the leading teams on campus in community service and have earned the ACHA’s Community Service Award two years in a row. While the 2020-21 season was limited to a handful of games against a local team from the College Hockey Elite League due to the pandemic, the Lopes are excited to get back into the groove of a full season for 2021-22. 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 1 title, but to enhance the women’s ice hockey community in Arizona on all youth levels.

Women’s Ice Hockey Program Information 2019-20

Pay your Women’s Hockey dues here.

GCU Women’s Ice Hockey Schedules

Showing 2021-2022

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Thursday 09/23/2021 vs Purple v. Black AZ Ice Arcadia NA TBA
Friday 09/24/2021 vs Purple v. Black AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Saturday 09/25/2021 vs Purple v. Black AZ Ice Arcadia 6:30 PM TBA
Friday 10/08/2021 at Arizona State University Oceanside Ice Arena NA TBA
Saturday 10/09/2021 at Arizona State University Oceanside Ice Arena NA TBA
Friday 10/29/2021 at Colorado University Colorado NA TBA
Saturday 10/30/2021 at Colorado State University Colorado NA TBA
Saturday 11/06/2021 vs Air Force AZ Ice Arcadia 12:00 PM TBA
Friday 11/12/2021 at Lindenwood University St. Luis 8:00 PM TBA
Saturday 11/13/2021 at McKendree University St. Luis 12:30 PM TBA
Saturday 11/13/2021 at Maryville University (MO) St. Luis 8:15 PM TBA
Sunday 11/14/2021 at Maryville University (MO) St. Luis 12:30 PM TBA
Saturday 11/20/2021 vs Utah AZ Ice Arcadia 7:00 PM TBA
Sunday 11/21/2021 vs Utah AZ Ice Arcadia 12:00 PM TBA
Saturday 12/04/2021 vs Arizona State University AZ Ice Arcadia 3:30 PM TBA
Sunday 12/05/2021 vs Arizona State University AZ Ice Arcadia 12:00 PM TBA

GCU Women's Ice Hockey Roster

GCU Women's Ice Hockey Coaching Staff

Natalie Rossi

Head Coach
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Focusing as much on the GCU mission as the competitive spirit of hockey, Natalie Rossi heads into her fifth year as the head women’s hockey coach at Grand Canyon University. Rossi brings over 20 years of playing and coaching experience to GCU, as well as a love for hockey that is reflected in her work ethic and determined coaching attitude.  

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 collegiately for 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 coached at all levels (from U8 to U19) with the New Jersey Rockets, where she helped grow the organization from two to ten teams while coaching with the Arizona Lady Coyotes, a local youth club.  Rossi gained valuable coaching experience with the Lady Coyotes’ U19, U16, U14 and U12 teams. She even organized an International Girls Hockey weekend event for new local hockey players. Currently, Rossi is the state girls’ hockey representative for the Arizona Amateur Hockey Association, and within the last couple of years, began the Blueline Buddies Program, which connects young girls interested in hockey with older players in high school and college (including the Lopes’ players) to foster their excitement for the game.

After moving to Arizona, Rossi continued her education at Arizona State University, obtaining a speech-language pathology assistant license, and earned her Master’s degree in the same field.