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DiCuria announces partnership with Sport-Tests (Switzerland)

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bgjjgiciWe are excited to work with Sport-Tests (Switzerland)! This allows us to give coaches additional valuable information about our clients. [continue reading…]

USHL – Another path for Swiss Top Talents to consider!

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USHL, the US top junior ice hockey league, is not well known in Switzerland or better said, is considered inferior to the CHL. This season there are eight Swiss Players playing in the CHL compared to one in the USHL. What makes it so that it is viewed this way? [continue reading…]

College Hockey – Timetable for European Players

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Screenshot 2014-10-27 22.32.52More and more Swiss players (and their parents) show interest to continue their hockey development in the US combining it with obtaining a College degree. Unfortunately with most it comes as an afterthought once their hockey development in Switzerland does not progress as planned. [continue reading…]

NCAA – Amateur Status. Beware!

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NCAA_IceHockey_logoWith the start of training camps in Europe, I’ve received an increased number of inquiries about the NCAA Amateur Status regulations. This is a minefield not only for European but also North American players (see blog post Amateurism Requirements).

Here’s a brief synopsis of the most important points to keep in mind to avoid jeopardizing your NCAA Amateur Status:

48 hours camp rule
Don’t stay longer than 48 hrs at a professional team camp if the organization is covering your expenses. After the initial 48 hrs, you may stay but have to pay for all incurred camp expenses.

Pro teams exhibition games
Don’t play any exhibition games with a pro team, in the case of Switzerland Nat. A or Nat. B. Of course this also applies to any other European or North American pro leagues including CHL.

Agent Contract
Don’t sign an Agreement with an Agent nor have a tacit, verbal understanding.

Gifts
Don’t accept any monetary or material gifts, not even team jerseys, hats, T-Shirts.

If your goal is to play NCAA College Hockey it is imperative not to violate any of these rules. Too many players HAVE lost their NCAA Eligibility or had to accept long suspensions because of breaching the NCAA Amateurism Rules! More about this subject: DiCuria – FAQ Amateurism Certification and College Hockey NCAA Eligibility College Hockey Inc. – NCAA Eligibility

USA – Youth Ice Hockey

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In Europe’ Junior Hockey includes all age levels starting at U6 and going all the way up to U20. In the US they distinguish between Youth Hockey and Junior Hockey. Youth hockey starts at the U6 level (Mites) up to U18 (Midget). The Junior Hockey Leagues age group is 16 – 20 (see my post US Junior Ice Hockey – Leagues). There is an overlap at the 16-18 age level where players already play in Junior Leagues or at the Midget (Youth) level (more about this further down). [continue reading…]

US Junior Ice Hockey – Leagues

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In a previous post I compared Swiss Junior Hockey with the USA Hockey Junior model  {Junior Hockey: Comparison USA – Switzerland}. The US Junior Hockey system is hard to understand for a European. I see this in the dazzled looks every time I try to explain the various Tier’s, and Leagues in the Tier III, and the emails I receive on the subject.  Here’s an attempt to explain the US Junior Hockey system, mostly based on a recent article by Alex Kyrias, Director Communications and Sales, NAHL (Junior Hockey: make the smart and informed decision) [continue reading…]