49er Hockey History
Beach Ice Hockey
Legend goes that our club was originally founded in 1978 by Steve Thrasher. The first season’s uniforms matched more of the old New York Rangers style with a red, white and blue color scheme. A few years later, the club disbanded but was reborn in the early 1990’s. By the late ‘90s, the 49ers joined Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, an organization that brings together fellow club hockey teams including local foes like Univ. of Southern Calif., Loyola Marymount, San Diego State, Univ. of Calif., Los Angeles, and more. The 49ers have donned uniforms matching the classic Penguins style and the old school Bruins black and gold.
Long Beach’s best season came in 2007-2008 when the 49ers finished ranked no. 4 in the West Region. The 49ers seemed poised to run through the Regional Tournament on the way to Nationals, but were thwarted by the pesky Spartans of San Jose State. Since then, the 49ers are still making noise in the West and look to bring a championship to the great city of Long Beach!
About the ACHA (information from ACHAhockey.org)
The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) began as a men’s collegiate hockey organization for the 1991-1992 season. The ACHA currently boasts five divisions (Men’s Division 1, 2, and 3; Women’s Division 1 and 2) with over 446 teams from across the nation representing 49 different states, all but Hawaii!
The function of the ACHA is to support quality, unity and regulation of intercollegiate hockey programs in the United States. In order to do this, the ACHA has developed Organizational By-Laws and a Policies and Procedures Manual to provide the policy foundation for the organization as it works to fulfill its purpose. These documents are reviewed yearly at the ACHA’s annual meeting.
Much of this information came from the ACHA Policy Manual.
Want to be a 49er?
To be a player you must:
- Be enrolled at CSULB with 9 or more units
- Have a current cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
- Have prior ice hockey playing experience
To be a volunteer you must:
- Be willing to have a background check
- Have a flexible schedule for nights and weekends
- Have a positive and enthusiastic attitude