University of Arizona hockey is no longer on thin ice.
After years of decline and near collapse, the team has re-emerged stronger because of re-energized organizers, increased media exposure and more wins.
This time of the year, the University of Arizona’s club hockey team is typically skating on the ice and bonding in the locker room. Hugging and dog-piling after goals Singing along to Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” after every victory. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Tucson Arena has gone silent.
Uncertainty continues to loom over the Arizona Wildcats club hockey team’s 2021 season. Troy Vaughn, the UA’s director of campus recreation, said in a news release last week that he can give “no timeline” on when the team might return to practice or play games.
The team plays its home games at Tucson Arena.
After nearly a year of hoping and waiting, the University of Arizona club hockey team’s season is over. The team announced Friday that it was ending the 2021 season before it started because of the coronavirus pandemic. Time simply ran out.
For 597 days, the UA club hockey team prepared to take the ice again at the Tucson Arena.
Last weekend, the team played its first home games in more than a year and half, raised their conference championship banner and rewarded fans with back-to-back wins over Colorado State.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — the time when Tucson Arena turns into a college hockey battleground. The UA club hockey team will host rival Arizona State on Friday and Saturday, marking the latest chapter in a heated history between the in-state foes. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Tucson Arena.
The UA club hockey team will complete its 29-game regular season this weekend with a two-game series against rival Arizona State at Tucson Arena. With the Cactus Cup already secure for a fourth straight season, the Wildcats will focus on dialing in the details before the national tournament begins.
The new Mosaic Quarter Iceplex will be home of the UA club hockey team starting in 2024. The Wildcats won’t be alone. The UA announced last week that it will add three new teams when the 3,000-seat Iceplex opens: An ACHA Division II men’s hockey team that will feed the Division I squad, an ACHA Division I women’s hockey team, and an adaptive sled hockey team.