The Northern Michigan University Men’s Club Hockey team participates in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The ACHA Men’s portion is divided up into three (3) divisions. NMU participates in Division 2. The team is also a member of the Western Collegiate Club Hockey Association (WCCHA), where competition features teams from the Midwest. Entering each season, the Wildcats have high hopes of being ranked in the region. This would help get us to a regional tournament, and eventually move on to compete for the first National title in program history. The team carries a 25+ man roster, with 3 coaches, one manager, and a trainer.
We hold three practices a week and have 2 to 3 games in a weekend (except holidays). When we do travel, we leave early in the morning on a Friday and return late Saturday evening or Sunday morning. This means most weekends will be spent traveling with the team and fulfilling play obligations. We still expect the players to use time management to be able to fulfill their academic responsibilities.
Travel and Schedule
The team has decided it is both cost effective and in our best interest to keep travel within our region, with exception of the national tournament and the ACHA showcase. Players should expect to travel to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Lower Michigan. Trips will range from 2 hours (Michigan Tech) to 12 hours (Iowa, Illinois). Players will be given travel details weekly at Wednesday practice.
$2000 - $2200 for the season (this figure is not finalized yet).
This fee includes: Bauer gloves, team bag, tape, pants or shells, practice jerseys, game socks, and some team issued apparel. Game jerseys are provided but are property of the club. Also included in this cost are all ice time, referees, league affiliation costs, team trainer, and all bus and hotel travel.
This fee DOES NOT include: meals/food on the road and green team helmets. Due to size and fit we do not feel it is in our best interest to provided players with helmets. We instead have a team program set up with a local retailer so players can purchase the helmet they prefer. We will do a team order right after try outs and players will be responsible to pick up the cost of the helmet.
Player Development Camp (Cost: $100)
Player development camp will be held every season the week before classes begin. Camp is highly recommended for anyone interested in trying out for the team. Camp will consist of 1 morning off- ice and 1 on-ice in the evening and generally runs Monday through Saturday. The six day camp offers players the chance to meet and bond with teammates as well as demonstrate to the coaching staff their talent and desire to be a member of the team. Players who attend camp get an additional week to make an impression on the staff.
Tentative dates of camp are: August 20-25.
Tryouts (Cost: $65)
Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28 (times are TBD).
Players who register for tryouts will skate both Monday and Tuesday with cuts being made Tuesday night after tryouts. It is at the coaching staff’s discretion to extend tryouts through the week to players competing for final roster spots.
Monday & Wednesday Evenings in the Berry Events Center
Thursday Evenings in Lakeview Arena
The regular season will begin with games the weekend of September 14 and 15 and will continue through mid-February or even mid-March depending on post season play. Regular practices will begin Wednesday, August 29.
August 1: Deadline to pre-register for camp and tryouts.
All returning players and incoming players who have the information are encouraged to pre-register.
First payment for hockey will be due within a week of final roster being posted. The first payment will be 75% of the season dues .
A second payment will be due on November 1. Any player not able to make these dates can set up a payment plan with the approval of the head coach and Executive Board for the team.