Arizona State elevates men's ice hockey team to Division I after winning 2014 ACHA title

Arizona State is elevating its hockey program to Division I.

The Sun Devils won the 2014 ACHA national championship in hockey last season and will phase into Division I over the next three years.

Arizona State will play a hybrid schedule of games mixed between Division I and ACHA competition before playing a full Division I schedule as an independent in 2016. The Sun Devils plan to align with a conference when they fully transition to Division I in 2017.

Arizona State is the first school from a power five conference to add men's ice hockey since Penn State in 2012.

The school plans to add a varsity women's sport in the near future to remain in compliance with Title IX.