Alaska Anchorage Seawolves men’s ice hockey

The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves men’s ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division Icollege ice hockey program that represents the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Seawolves were an original member of the now defunct men’s division in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). They played at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to the Seawolf Sports Complex on campus at the start of the 2019–20 season.[3]

Alaska Anchorage Seawolves men’s ice hockey
University University of Alaska Anchorage
Conference TBD
First season 1979–80
Head coach Vacant
Alternate captain(s) Nils Rygaard, Cam Amantea, Nolan Nicholas, Eric Sinclair
Arena Seawolf Sports Complex
Capacity: 900[1]
Location Anchorage, Alaska
Colors Green and gold[2]

   

NCAA Tournament appearances
1990, 1991, 1992
Conference regular season championships
1987
Current uniform

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UAA began its ice hockey program in 1979, playing 8 of its 31 games against Division IIAlaska–Fairbanks (winning all) before beginning a full D-II schedule the following season. The Seawolves rose quickly in the Division II ranks, narrowly missing out on the NCAA tournament in 1984 but promoted the team to Division I that summer when the entire D-II division collapsed.[4]

Anchorage played as an independent for a year before being a founding member of the first west coast conference, the Great West Hockey Conference. The league was very short-lived, lasting only three seasons before the two non-Alaska schools dropped hockey entirely, but it did provide UAA with its first league title in 1987.[5] The Seawolves were once again without a conference in 1988–89, but a year later they posted their first 20-win season at the D-I level and were selected to the NCAA Tournament.

The Seawolves dropped both games to Lake Superior State but returned the following year after another 20-win campaign and this time they were able to win their first NCAA round, defeating the Boston College Eagles. 1991–92 provided UAA with its best record, with the team going 27–8–1 and garnering a third consecutive NCAA berth (the last such for UAA as of 2019). After one more winning season the Seawolves joined the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The stability of their new conference came as a double-edged sword, however, as the Seawolves would spend the next 20 years finishing with losing records. To make matters worse the team would lose both games in the opening round of the WCHA tournament most of the time and only twice could manage a First Round series win.

The college hockey world changed in 2013 when the Central Collegiate Hockey Association collapsed due to the formation of the Big Ten and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.[6] This caused the WCHA to replace many of its departing members with weaker teams but even in the new WCHA UAA was still a bottom-half team. After making the conference semifinals the first season the Seawolves missed the playoffs each of the next five years.

The University of Alaska Board of Regents offered the hockey team a chance at reinstatement in September if they could raise 2 seasons worth of expenses, approximately $3 million by February 2021. The fundraising was divided into 2 parts: $1.5 million in cash and the remainder in firm pledges. As of December 2020, the team began fundraising for the needed money.[7] On August 31, 2021, the university announced that enough donations had been received to save the program. The team is expected to return for the 2022–23 season.[8]

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