Steve Stich, with some help from alum Jeff Waite, formed the team during the 1990-1991 Season.  The team played mostly exhibition games that year, and did well enough to garner interest from other SJSU students. Practices and games were held at Eastridge Ice Arena and Ron Glasow was chosen as coach.

During the 1991-1992 Season, the team grew by leaps and bounds. Steve, with Ron and Jeff's help, spread the word and soon attracted some quality hockey players (mostly grad students or open university students) to the program.

The team went nearly undefeated during it's first full campaign and began play in the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association (PCHA) that year.  The team played home games at the Golden Gate Ice Arena (now Ice Oasis) in Redwood City.

Below is a timeline of the club's history...
October 13, 1990 - Ice Hockey at San Jose State meets for their first practice, organized by their founder and president Steve Stich.
October 20, 1990 - Ron Glasow is named head coach, and Jeff Waite is named captain for the 1990-1991 season.
November 17, 1990 - The first game is played by the San Jose State Hockey team against Cal's 'B' team at Berkeley Iceland. San Jose State wins the game 6-0 and Steve Stich appropriately scores the first goal in club history, sliding in a rebound to the left of the Cal goaltender. Jim Campbell records the first assist. Goaltender Paul Legreski records the shutout.
March, 1991 - The Spartans conclude their inaugural season with a 2-4-2 record. Cody Smith finishes the season as leading scorer and Jeff Waite leads the team in penalty minutes.
Summer, 1991 - SJSU becomes an official member of the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association (PCHA), entering a 13-team Division II league.
March 7, 1992 - San Jose State caps an undefeated season (17-0) by winning the PCHA Division II Championship, defeating St. Mary's College 4-1 in the final, which was held in Fresno.
March, 1993 - After the cancellation of the league playoffs scheduled at Stanford, the PCHA declares San Jose State the Division I Champion, due to its holding of the best regular season record.
April, 1994 - Led by Lou Siville's shutout goaltending, the Spartans win their second straight PCHA Division I Championship by defeating Cal 3-0 in the finals. Tony Destro's goal early in the third period broke a tense 0-0 tie to help give SJSU its third title in a row.
March, 1995 - San Jose State wins its third consecutive PCHA Division I Championship, defeating Orange Coast College 3-2 in overtime. Tony Destro scored the winning goal after a brilliant end-to-end rush by Joel Jenkins 9 minutes into a thrilling sudden-death overtime at the Ice Centre at San Jose.
March, 1995 - San Jose State is selected for the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Collegiate Club Hockey Tournament in Fort Collins, CO. The Spartans go 1-2, defeating Southern Connecticut, but losing to Kentucky and eventual National Champion Colorado State. The Spartans finish 5th out of 8 teams.
March, 1996 - For the second consecutive year, the Spartans are selected to the ACHA National Tournament, this time held in Tampa, FL. After a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Rutgers in the opening game, SJSU falls to Southern Florida and Bradley University to finish 13th out of 16 teams.
March, 1997 - After failing to qualify for the National Tournament, San Jose State wins its 4th PCHA Division I title (5th overall) with a 7-1 victory over Orange Coast College in Stockton, CA.
Summer, 1997 - San Jose State withdraws from the PCHA and becomes and independent club team in the ACHA's Division II.
December, 1997 - San Jose State defeats Cal 12-0 in the opener, and Stanford 4-3 in the finals to win their 1st Gold Rush Tournament title.
March, 1998 - San Jose State ranks third in the ACHA West Region and qualifies for the National Tournament, held in Newark, N.J. Despite a spirited showing, the Spartans lose to Michigan State, Miami (OH), and Rutgers.
December, 2000 - San Jose State loses 8-7 to the Palmer College Pride when Colin Chala scores on Spartan goaltender Eric Lahrs as the final shooter in a shootout.
February, 2001 - San Jose State fails to make the ACHA National Tournament, finishing 6th in the West Region.
April, 2001 - The ACHA holds its annual league-wide meeting.  After several teams make bids to host the 2002 National tournament, the league votes New York University in Manhattan as host.
September, 2001 - Terrorist attacks in downtown Manhattan threaten the ACHA tournament at Chelsea Piers on the lower east side.  After some debate, the ACHA votes to continue with the tournament as planned.
December, 2001 - San Jose State beats Cal and Palmer College to win the Gold Rush trophy.
February, 2002 - Freshman center Jason Marconcini threatens Brett Faulhauber's record of 33 goals in one season, but comes up short with 30.
February, 2002 - San Jose State finishes 4th in the West Region to earn a berth in the ACHA National Tournament in New York, NY. They would lose the first game 5-0 to host NYU. The second game would prove to be even more disasterous with a 12-1 loss to Robert Morris. Old friends University of Michigan would then close out the Spartans' season by handing them an 8-1 defeat.
February, 2003 - The team finishes the season 10-7-4, but are not selected to play in the ACHA National Tournament.
February, 2004 - The team finishes 12-10-4 and are once again passed over for the ACHA National Tournament.
May, 2004 - Defenseman Ryan Richardson is selected as a 2nd Team All-American.
March, 2005 - The team finishes 3rd in the West with a 23-6-2 record, earning themselves a trip to the ACHA National Tournament in Detroit, Michigan. In their first game, the team pulls out a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory against Penn State, with captain Ray Kellam netting the game-winner. However, a 12-1 thrashing at the hands of the eventual National Champion Michigan State Spartans dashes the team's hopes of taking home the title. A 4-1 loss at the hands of Miami (Ohio) ends the Spartans' stellar season on a sour note.
May, 2005 - The Spartans rack up the post-season hardware as sophomore goaltender Ryan Lowe, posting a 12-6-1 record, earns 1st Team All-West Region honors; freshman wing Sean Scarbrough earns 2nd Team All-West Region honors with a team-leading 30 goals; and Head Coach Ron Glasow is selected as the ACHA West Region Coach of the Year.
October 16, 2005 - In an 8-2 win over Long Beach State, graduate student Aaron Scott nets the 200th point of his Spartan career, becoming the first player to reach the bicentennial mark.
February, 2006 - The Spartans finish their finest regular season to date with an astounding 26-1-1 record, including an undefeated 18-0-1 record at home. The team is voted first place in the West Region for the first time in franchise history and heads to the National Tournament in Rochester, New York as favorites to take home the title.
March, 2006 - The team's cinderella season comes to an abrupt end as they are upset in their opening game 5-2 by eventual National Runners-Up Liberty University. The Spartans keep their hopes of moving on to the semifinal round alive by defeating the defending National Champion Michigan State Spartans 3-1, but fail to advance after Liberty wins their final game of pool play. The Spartans end their season with a close 4-3 loss to Penn State.
May, 2006 - The Spartans once again take home significant post-season hardware as junior goaltender Ryan Lowe, posting an impressive 23-3-1 record, along with a 2.47 Goals-Against Average and a .923 Save-Percentage, earns 1st Team All-American (as well as 1st Team All-West Region) honors. Meanwhile, Head Coach Ron Glasow is selected as the ACHA National Coach of the Year and sophomore wing Sean Scarbrough, after leading the team in scoring with 53 points and setting a new single-season club record with 36 goals, is selected to the All-West Region's 3rd Team.
September, 2006 - The 2006-2007 campaign would prove to be one of the more memorable ones in Spartan history as the largest rookie class to date (12 new faces) would team up with some of the club’s all-time greats to make yet another run at a National title. Despite high hopes the team starts slowly with a surprising road loss to up-and-comer Long Beach State and two losses and a tie at the hands of Stony Brook, Wagner College, and Siena, respectively. But after taking 13 of their next 14 contests the Spartans would find themselves back in the National title hunt.
November 11, 2006 - In a 5-4 loss to Weber State, senior center Mason Nave nets the 200th point of his Spartan career, becoming only the second player to reach the bicentennial mark.
February 3, 2007 - Finishing the regular season with a resounding 9-1 victory over the visiting USC Trojans, the Spartans earn the #4 rank in the West and head to Logan, Utah for the Regional Tournament.
February 17, 2007 - Thanks to dramatic overtime winners from junior wing Simon Guertin and team captain Adam Smith-Toomey the Spartans down the Oregon Ducks and Denver Pioneers to advance the National Tournament in Fort Collins, Colorado.
March 11, 2007 - Thanks to a questionable call in final minutes the Spartans fall to Stony Brook again, this time by a 4-2 score. Eventual National Champion Michigan State topples SJSU 4-1 the following day and after battling back from a four-goal third period deficit the Spartans lose their final contest to Florida Gulf Coast 6-5 in overtime. Senior Ryan Lowe is spectacular in goal throughout the weekend, stopping 138 of 149 shots seen. He and junior wing Kelly Spain are selected to participate in the tournament's first ever Skills Competition. Meanwhile, having recording one assist during the tournament, senior center Mason Nave passes Aaron Scott for the all-time scoring lead, finishing his career with 238 points. Nave, senior defenseman Ian Fazzi, and junior wing Sean Scarbrough are selected to participate in the tournament's first ever All-Star game.
May, 2007 - Two Spartan seniors are honored in the post-season as goaltender Ryan Lowe and defenseman Ian Fazzi are selected to the All-West Region squad. Lowe is selected to the All-West Region's 2nd Team, posting a 16-8-1 record, along with a 3.12 Goals-Against Average and a .914 Save-Percentage. Despite only playing 11 games, Ian is selected to the All-West Region's 3rd Team, having led the team defensively with his patented hip checks and offensively with 3 goals, 10 assists, and 30 penalty minutes.
September 28, 2007 - In the season opener, the team retires former captain Ray Kellam's #4. It is a magnificent night as the club first pays tribute during warm-ups with each player wearing their own "Kellam #4" jersey. After the pre-game skate, three of Ray's former teammates (Max Ramsay, Ryan Lowe, and Adam Smith-Toomey) read the heartfelt poem Ray wrote at the beginning of his final season before finally presenting him with a framed sweater. The current team capped off the evening with a 5-1 victory over the USC Trojans.
September 29, 2007 - Featuring the largest rookie class ever assembled at SJSU (16 new faces) the Spartans suffer a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Trojans, snapping the franchise's 42-game home-unbeaten streak; one that had stretched back to the 2004-05 season.
November 9, 2007 - In a 5-2 win over University of Utah, junior wing Sean Scarbrough nets two goals to become only the third Spartan to join the bicentennial club.
February 11, 2008 - The team is decimated by injuries and ineligibilty, losing 12 players over the course of the year to various ailments and travesties. Despite the drama, the team is somehow able to limp into the post-season with the #9 seed in the West.
February 23, 2008 - After a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory against the #4-ranked Long Beach State 49ers, the Spartans come up short against the #3-ranked Colorado State Rams and are denied a trip to the National Tournament in a hard-fought 5-3 loss. With 2 goals and 3 assists on the weekend, including the overtime winner against the 49ers, Sean Scarbrough passes Mason Nave for the all-time scoring lead.
May, 2008 - Sean Scarbrough is selected to the All-West Region's 3rd team, marking the third time in four years he receives such an honor. Sean led the team with a franchise-best 71-point campaign, bested his own goal-scoring mark with the club's first 40-goal season, and set the franchise's all-time scoring mark with 242 points.
September 26, 2008 - For the third straight season, the Spartans ice a double-digit number of rookies (12 in 06-07, 16 in 07-08, and 12 again in 08-09) as they begin the 2008-09 campaign with a 3-1 loss to visiting Weber State.
Decmeber 6, 2008 - After opening the season with their worst start in recent memory (3-7 with 3 OT losses), the Spartans close out the semester strong with an 11-1 record, including a 20-2 win over Stanford and a 4-3 (OT) win over #3-ranked Utah State in Logan, UT.
February 13, 2009 - With 3 assists in the Spartans' 5-3 victory over Long Beach State, Andy Dickerson breaks Sean Scarbrough's all-time single-season scoring record. By adding two 2 goals in the following night's 10-2 victory over the 49ers, Andy sets the new franchise mark at 74 points.
February 14, 2009 - The Spartans never find their footing in the 2nd semester and finish 8-4-2. Despite finishing the season on a high note with 2 wins over both USC and Long Beach State, the team heads into the playoffs ranked 8th in West.
February 27, 2009 - After a 15-hour bus ride to reach the site of the 2009 West Regional Playoff in Logan, Utah, the Spartans jump out to a 2-0 lead over #5-ranked Northern Colorado. The team surrenders three goals over the final two frames, though, and is eliminated from the playoffs with a disappointing 3-2 loss.
April, 2009 - In his final season, Sean Scarbrough is once again selected to the All-West Region's 3rd team, setting a Spartan record with four selections in five years. Asserting himself as the most prolific goal-scorer to ever wear a Spartan sweater, Sean once again leads the team in goal-scoring, finishing with 37 tallies. He also improves his own franchise-best scoring mark to a whopping 308 points and finishes his career as the Spartans' all-time leader in games played (160) and goals (180) while also finishing 2nd all-time in assists (128).
May, 2009 - In late April, President Andy Dickerson travels to Naples, FL to attend the ACHA Annual Meeting and present the team's bid to host the 2011 ACHA National Tournament. He returns successful, announcing at the team's annual banquet that the program has, with unanimous approval, secured the bid to host the event. In addition to the prestige that comes with hosting the event, the team is given the added bonus of an automatic bid to compete.
September 25, 2009 - For the fourth straight season, the Spartans ice a double-digit number of rookies (10) and kick off the 09-10 season on the right foot with a 9-2 victory over visiting Loyola-Marymount.
October 26, 2009 - After starting the season with a 5-2 home record over half the team is stricken with the swine flu. A shortened and sick bench leads to disappointing results in Southern California as the team suffers one-goal losses to Long Beach State and San Diego State. The Spartans rally on the final game of the trip, however, and secure a convincing 5-2 victory over the Aztecs.
November 22, 2009 - The team struggles through early November with a 1-2 Utah trip and a 2-1 home showcase, losing 3-1 to #10 Northern Arizona. The team responds to the adversity with a strong 2-1 Colorado trip to close out the semester, including a 3-2 (OT) victory at #7 Denver (the game-winner notched by rookie scoring sensation Sam Cimino) and a split with #5 Northern Colorado. The team heads into the break ranked #7 in the West Region.
January 18, 2010 - After opening the second semester with two home wins over visiting University of Illinois, the Spartans travel to Spokane, WA for Eastern Washington's showcase. The team defeats #15 University of Idaho in their opening game before picking up a season-defining 2-1 win over #1 Colorado State; the program's first win over the Rams in nearly 5 years. The team stumbles through the remaining two games on the trip, though, losing 7-3 to #4 Utah State and 6-2 to #3 Eastern Washington.
February 16, 2010 - The Spartans blaze through the rest of the second semester winning their final 10 regular season games, including a sweep of the Royal Coach Tours Gold Rush Showcase with wins over Boise State (12-0), #13 San Deigo State (8-2), and #11 Texas A&M (5-3). With a 14-2 second semester record the Spartans finish the season ranked #5 in the West; their highest ranking since the 06-07 season.
February 27, 2010 - The Spartans travel to Greeley, CO for the 2010 ACHA West Regional Playoff. The team satisfyingly demolishes #8 UNLV by an 8-2 score to advance to play #6 Northern Colorado on their home ice with a berth to the National Tournament on the line. The Spartans jump out to a 3-1 lead, but the Bears tie the score at 3-3 to force overtime. Just 25 seconds into extra time Andy Dickerson wins an offensive zone face-off cleanly back to Sam Cimino who steps into the middle of the ice and buries the puck in the back of the net to send the Spartans their first National Tournament since 2007.
March 20, 2010 - The Spartans travel to Simsbury, CT for the 2010 ACHA National Tournament. In their first game they face Ohio State, the Southeast Region's #1-ranked team. The Spartans struggle early and fall behind 4-2 but battle back with 2 goals in the 3rd period to force overtime. Less than a minute into OT, the Buckeyes' Todd Rudasil converts on a breakaway opportunity to deal the Spartans a heartbreaking defeat. The following day the Spartans jump out to a 2-0 lead over arch-rival Michigan State thanks to 2 quick goals by Sam Cimino. Poor second period play plagues the team throughout the weekend, though, and they are eliminated from contention with a 5-3 loss at the hands of the other Spartans. The team makes a statement on the last day, however, when they defeat eventual National Runner-Up Central Connecticut State 4-2. The 09-10 squad equals the program's best finish ever with a 10th place national ranking.
June, 2010 - Two Spartans are honored with post-season hardware for their play in the Spartans' stellar 09-10 season. Jeff Sawhill is selected as a 2nd Team All-American and 1st Team All-West Region Defenseman while Andy Dickerson is selected as a 2nd Team All-West Region Forward. Jeff was routinely tasked with shutting down the opposing team's top lines, but he was still able to contribute offensively as he led the Spartan defense in goals (14) and was second in assists (29), points (43), plus/minus (+19), and power play points (26). With the graduation of 5-year veteran Paul Fuller, Jeff also took on a much needed leadership role and mentored the team's relatively young defense corps. Andy, meanwhile, anchored one of highest-producing lines in the ACHA alongside Sam Cimino and Mickey Rhodes. Andy played all 40 SJSU games and led the team in assists (44), points (70), and power play points (28) and was 2nd on the team in plus/minus (+34). 2009-10 marked Andy's 3rd straight season with 20+ goals, 40+ assists, and 70+ points as he moved into 4th place on the team's all-time scoring list.
 
Spartan History: Origins of a Mascot
  By Thomas Guide
We labor without tire.
We fight without fear.
We conquer without mercy.
We are warriors.
We are winners.
We are Spartans.
In 1924, the year our mascot was officially chosen, our university was known as the San Jose State Teachers' College. In the beginning of the fall semester, its newspaper, the State Teachers' College Times, called upon students' imaginations and pens to create and decide upon a physical representative of what their school meant to them. This was partly in response to the formation of an organized sports program at the college. It was felt that a mascot would make a positive influence on athletes and fellow students: unifying both by providing grand displays of their collective collegiate pride.

A mascot is generally supposed to epitomize noble qualities and traits to admire. To that end, most names embodied strength, courage, determination, and valor...The boards final cut consisted of five names, and one day was given to vote between the Golds, the Spartans, the Badgers, the Hawks, and the Mustangs. On January 5th, 1924, the Spartans edged out the Golds by an incredibly narrow 10-vote margin.