The University of Arizona has approved an inline hockey club, effective immediately. The Wildcats will play Division I in the Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League (www.wcrhl.com), a member of the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (www.ncrha.org). With the Tucson Indoor Sports Center, a top notch indoor facility in Tucson, freshmen recruits from Arizona’s IHAAZ such as 2010 AZ High School Player of the Year Kevin Smith and Brophy College Prep Forward Frank Zimmerman, and a strong core of upperclassmen, the Wildcats should be a threat in collegiate inline/roller hockey for years to come.
The WCRHL, arguably the toughest region in the NCRHA, features teams from 19 unique upper institutions from Arizona, California and Nevada. The Wildcats will be the 2nd university and 3rd overall program to come out of Arizona. The NCRHA has teams from nearly 150 different schools from all corners of the country. This year’s National Championships, held in Middleton, WI featured two WCRHL teams in the National Championship Game, with California State University-Long Beach (CSU Long Beach, Long Beach State) defeating California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) 4-3. The NCRHA gives scholastic athletes coming from high school leagues such as the IHF, CHSIHL and IHAAZ a chance to play in college.
For more information on the University of Arizona, visit www.arizona.edu.
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For more information on collegiate roller hockey, visit www.ncrha.org.