The University of North Texas has a hockey team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. If you aren't familiar with the ACHA their wikipedia page can give you a little info about what they're all about:
The ACHA offers an opportunity for college hockey programs that struggle with large budgets and Title IX issues, as an alternative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) structure. Many schools field separate teams in both the NCAA and ACHA.
UNT's team is in Division II and they're legit. In the 2015 season UNT was 21-3 with a +80 goal differential. They play their home games at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch. Their division fields teams from Texas State, Dallas Baptist, Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, and UTA among many others so if you have a college rooting interest chances are good that you could extend that rooting interest to local college hockey.
The point of this post isn't to pump their tires though. They are trying to raise funds for next season. They aren't campus funded so they have to pay their own way. They've set up a GoFundMe page to accomplish these goals. According to the page this is what the money will go to:
The UNT Ice Hockey Club is trying to hit the ground running this year as early as possible! We are preparing some really big things for this upcoming season and we need your help to get there. All proceeds will be donated to the team. A few things this money will be used for include:
- Running youth camps over the summer
- Lowering overall team fees
- New Team jerseys
- And all other expenses we incur through out the year i.e. Referees, Ice time, hotels, etc.
We look forward to this upcoming season and hope to see you in the stands come September!
Thanks and GO MEAN GREEN!
As of this writing they've received 17 donations for a total of $965 out of a goal of $6,000. If you're interested in helping promote the further growth of hockey in Texas the link to donate can be found right here. At DefendingBigD we're always happy to highlight the growing popularity of hockey in Texas. The growth of non-Varsity college hockey is but one example. If you have the means and/or desire please go help these guys out.