The UGA Ice Hockey Team, dubbed the “Ice Dogs”, was established in 1987 by team founder Larry Hall and a group of students wanting to start a new tradition at the University of Georgia. The Ice Dogs now compete in the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC) of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, and play under NCAA rules. Georgia faces-off against ten SEC opponents including Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU & South Carolina. Other southern rival opponents include cross-state rival Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, and many of the other 38 teams in the South region of ACHA Division III.
Georgia Ice Hockey has made great strides in the last decade. UGA hockey has participated in ACHA post season tournament play, including a trip to the national championship game in 2004 in Phoenix, AZ. The Ice Dogs are six-time winners of the coveted Thrasher Cup from the Savannah Tire Classic held in Savannah, GA, three season conference titles, one conference championship (2004) and have played in five conference championship games, including the first ever SECHC championship game versus Tennessee in 2009.
The Ice Dogs home ice is the Classic Center Arena in Athens, Georgia. Georgia has also hosted games in large arenas such as the Savannah, GA Civic Center and the Columbus, GA Civic Center among a growing list of other arenas around the South.
As a leader in the growth of collegiate hockey in the South, University of Georgia continues to put forth competitive hockey teams while now boasting as one of the premier academic institutions in the country, and some of the most difficult admissions standards in the region. Excellence in the classroom is emphasized in concert with excellence on the ice.