The University of Kentucky’s first ever Men’s Club Ice Hockey team was formed in 1984 with the assistance of Frank and Karl Gdovka. Terry Pelto served as the team’s first head coach with Mark Shupe serving as the first general manager. The team initially joined the Southern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SCHA) in 1987. In 1989 and 1990, the team won back to back SCHA Championships. The 1990 - 1991 season proved to be unprecedented for the Cats with the team only losing one game. During the 1991 -1992 season, the Cats were ranked #1 by the American poll and were invited to the National Tournament. Unfortunately the Cats lost to Toledo in the Championship game.
In 1993 - 1994 season, the Cats had a National ranking of #3 and went 18-1-1 in the regular season but lost to Colorado State in the semifinals of the National Championship. In 1995 the Cats were again invited to the National Tournament for the second straight year where they made it to the final four.
For the 1995 - 1996 season, the Cats joined the Midwest Collegiate Hockey League (MCHL), arguably one of the toughest leagues in the country. The Cats continued to have winning seasons in the MCHL. The 1998 – 1999 season marked the first ever UK hockey poster which featured UK Alum Ashley Judd. Through 2002 the Cats maintained a 15 year streak of winning seasons. Unfortunately that streak was broken during the 2002 – 2003 season. However, after some coaching changes, the program turned around for the 2004 – 2005 season and posted a 20-14-1 record. In 2006, the Cats came up just one game shy of a return to the National Tournament.