Most frequent questions and answers
All participating ice hockey players pay to play. Each team is represented under UD Club Sports and Recreation. Cost to play on any one of the three teams ranges from $2000 to $3000. These player dues cover league fees, travel expenses, equipment, ice time, and all-purpose gear. UD Athletic Trainers are present for all home games and at varying times during the week.
The NCAA is considered Varsity hockey and the ACHA is considered Non-Varsity. The NCAA represents 133 teams at the Division I and II/III levels, whereas the ACHA and CHF represent over 400 programs across three divisions. The ACHA and CHF provide an opportunity for competitive hockey players to follow their dream of playing collegiate hockey in an organized and structured format. All three programs at UD focus on the collegiate experience. We do not believe in titles, letters, or negative perceptions associated with the level next to your league name. We believe in providing the most professional and organized atmosphere possible so every athlete can work to be the best that they can be. We step on the ice every day with the attitude that we are going to get better today.
Yes, players work their way up within our program every year. Just because you do not make a certain team one year does not mean that you can’t make it the following year. This is why we believe in working to improve every day. There is not much movement between teams during the season.
Yes all players must maintain at least a 2.0 Cumulative GPA in order to be eligible to play. In addition, you must take and pass at least 9-12 credits per semester, and 18-24 in a calendar year.
Yes we have two rinks on campus. The Fred Rust Ice Arena which is an Olympic sheet with 4 locker rooms and seating for 2500 fans. The Gold Arena is an NHL sized sheet that seats up to 1000 fans. The UD Ice Arenas are located adjacent to each other and share a parking lot.
Each team rosters between 25-27 skaters with 3 goalie on each team.
UD Ice Hockey Home games are the third largest spectator sport on campus. The D1 team averages anywhere between 1,000 fans to complete sell outs.