The University of Louisville Hockey team is a club sport, participating in the Southeast Conference in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Players interested in playing hockey for The University of Louisville need to complete the Prospective Athletic Form. We encourage prospective players to come to a game during the season. Any questions about our program should be directed to Coach Brian Graham.
Tryouts are held at the beginning of the fall academic semester and are open to anyone interested in playing hockey for The University of Louisville. An organizational meeting will be held to identify where tryout times and team information. This meeting is mandatory for new and returning players. Once the time and location of this organizational meeting is finalized, information will be posted on our homepage. Players must wear full protective gear and are required to pay a fee for tryout ice time prior to tryouts commencing.
Each player must meet all ACHA academic eligibility requirements to play hockey at the University of Louisville.
As a club team status, the University of Louisville Hockey Club program DOES NOT offer scholarships. Academic Scholarships are available through the University of Louisville.
Each player pays a yearly fee of $3,000 to contribute to our operating budget of over $90,000/year. This pays for travel expenses, practice ice time, and uniforms. A yearly fee is common practice in collegiate level club hockey and we make every effort to keep player costs as low as possible. Mandatory fund raising efforts will also occur various times enabling us to keep the fees low.
Louisville proudly bolts into the public eye for 120 seconds each May, but there is more to this divine city on the Ohio River than the Kentucky Derby. The last decade has seen a cultural and civic blooming, with new galleries, restaurants, hotels, and performance spaces taking their place alongside the city’s already robust roster of seductions. Entire neighborhoods — Butchertown, for instance, and NULU — have been re-imagined as engines of cultural and culinary expression. Regardless of the changes, Derby City retains its easy, calming charm — especially when a glass of fine bourbon and good conversation aren’t hard to find. And for the record, it’s pronounced “LOU-uh-vull.”
Our city is a place where there are more bourbon barrels holding aging whiskey there than there are people. Louisvillians are known to kindly welcome bourbon enthusiasts from around the world with open arms as they arrive to tap into the world-famous distilleries with generations of a storied tradition. This is our culture, our heritage, and our pride. The city is packed with delicious bourbon experiences from distilleries to speakeasies, museums to bars, legendary traditions to innovations yet to be discovered. From the Bourbon Trail to the new $45 million state-of-the-art facility Old Forester Distillery, you will find much to indulge in and admire.
Louisville’s culinary scene has also garnered worldwide recognition. Local chefs are known for innovative takes on Southern food, exploring international flavors, and using Kentucky’s rich agricultural bounty. We pride ourselves on our locally-owned restaurants and fill our nights with tasting dinners, chef’s table experiences, and chef-driven events. We proudly claim local chefs Edward Lee (Bravo Top Chef, Food Network Iron Chef) and Anthony Lamas (James Beard Foundation Best Chef Nominee) among many others, as our own.
Travel + Leisure Magazine recently added Louisville to their list of “America’s Best Cities for foodies”, while Thrillist named Derby City their “Best Up-and-Coming Food City.” Simply put: Louisville is becoming a destination for foodies.
Our uniqueness is found in our culture. There are so many historical places to explore, miles and miles of green space to relax in, and entertainment can be found everywhere. It has a thriving independent scene for music, movies, art, and business. This is especially seen in the "Keep Louisville Weird" movement to promote local small businesses over more corporate/national chains. Bardstown & Frankfort roads are especially known for their unique, locally-owned restaurants, coffee shops, and businesses. Layers of art and culture without having to deal with the crowds of a major city.
Louisville is filled to the brim with an interesting history - the legendary Louisville Slugger, the official bat of Major League Baseball, was first made in 1884 by a 17-year-old boy in Louisville, Ky., and is still manufactured here. Legendary rock band My Morning Jacket calls Louisville home, forming the band here in 1998 by singer-songwriter Jim James. Main Street in downtown Louisville has the nation's second-largest collection of buildings with cast-iron storefronts, an architectural flourish that is both historic and beautiful. Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood is No. 1, so Louisville is in some pretty ritzy company. And last but certainly not least, Louisville is the disco ball capital of the world, with 72-year-old Yolanda Baker handcrafting disco balls for the likes of Madonna, Kid Rock, and Pearl Jam. Our pride and joy, though, is that boxing titan and global icon Muhammad Ali was born and raised here, and ultimately laid to rest in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery.
In the end, our Southern Charm shines brightest in our people. Louisville natives are just comfortable with who they are. It shows in the firmly entrenched civic pride. It shows, too, in the warm, open hospitality and a firm but kind directness that feels almost nothing like any other place. People will tell you what they think, and they'll tell you with a smile.
We’re a small city with big intentions. It's got everything the big cities do, but at a slower, warmer pace. If you're looking to dip your toes in Southern life but don't want to get too far away from the trappings of home, Louisville is a great place to start. Stop by! We’ll leave the light on for you.