The University at Buffalo Men’s Ice Hockey Program, as it exists today, was born in 1988. Until 1988, the University at Buffalo sponsored a varsity hockey team at the NCAA Division I and III levels. During 1988, the University at Buffalo dropped its NCAA Hockey Program which is why our overall program’s goal is to return the sport of hockey at the University at Buffalo to its rightful place at the Division I level.
The UB Men’s Hockey Program is part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The ACHA has been around for many years and it provides highly-competitive college hockey to universities who can’t or won’t support an official NCAA hockey program. Currently, there are six major conferences in ACHA Division I Hockey: Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL), Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA), College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA), Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL), Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) and Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (NECHL). The University at Buffalo is a member of the NECHL and plays league games against the following teams; Binghamton University, Cornell University, Ithaca University, Niagara University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, St. Bonaventure University, and Syracuse University. Our program also plays non-league games against perennial top-25 programs such as Mercyhurst College, University of Pittsburgh, University of Central Oklahoma, and Robert Morris of Pennsylvania.
To provide the best possible training and practice for our players, the University at Buffalo established its home arena, complete with our very own dedicated locker room, at the Northtowns Ice Center in Amherst which is located directly across from the UB North Campus. During the season, our team practices three to four times a week and has full access to the University at Buffalo weight and training rooms.
All home games are played at the Northtowns Center in Amherst on Friday and Saturday evenings. There are also occasional Sunday matinee games. Away games are also predominantly played on Fridays and Saturdays with travel arrangements being provided by the team.
For detailed information about becoming a member of the University at Buffalo Men’s Hockey Team, please visit the Recruitment Information tab.