About the UK Hockey TeamThe University of Kentucky "Cool Cats" Hockey team is a club sport participating in the Southeast Conference in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association The team has a strong tradition over the past 20 years of providing competitive winning teams and is highly respected in the ACHA. Fan support for the Cool Cats at the University of Kentucky is tremendous and hockey is typically the third largest spectator sport (behind basketball and football).
Team TryoutsTryouts are held at the beginning of the fall academic semester and are open to anyone interested in playing hockey for UK. There is an organizational meeting where tryout times and team information will be given and is mandatory for new and returning players.
Once the time and location of this organizational meeting is finalized, information will be posted on our homepage as well as in the campus newspaper, the Kernel. Players are required to have full protective gear and are asked to pay a small fee for ice time before they are able to join the tryouts.
Academic EligibilityEach player must meet all ACHA academic eligibility requirements to play hockey at UK:
- You must be enrolled in the University
- Undergraduates must carry & pass a minimum of 9 credit hours
- Graduate Students must carry & pass minimum 6 credit hours
Scholarships and Financial ResponsibilitiesBecause of our club status, the University of Kentucky Hockey program does not offer scholarships. In additiono ur operating budget is over $90,000 a year. Although most of our income comes from game admissions and sponsorship from local businesses, we do ask that each student player pays a yearly fee of $2,000 to cover travel expenses, practice ice time, and uniforms. This is common practice in collegiate level club hockey and we do everything we can to keep the cost to players as low as possible through fund raising efforts like selling t-shirts.
If you are interested in playing hockey for UK, feel free to contact us with any questions you have about our program. We encourage prospective players to come to a game during the season so let us know if you are coming to Lexington for a visit.
Ian Ward, General Manager
University of Kentucky Hockey
4368 Clemens Drive
Lexington, KY 40514