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The new rules set new dates for first recruiting contacts with the goal of slowing down and improving the recruiting process. The changes will significantly alter the timeline for Division I hockey prospects. How will they impact European (import) players?

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Changes in the US Junior Hockey Tier I & II Leagues!

Over the last few days both top US Hockey Leagues announced changes in their league team rosters for 2019-20 which will have an impact on the US ice hockey junior landscape. While the Tier I USHL will operate, based on the current level of information, with one team less, the Tier II NAHL will add two teams. It is good and bad news but overall good for players as it will add, a net, 23 free to play Junior spots for next season! [continue reading…]

Is Canada the only path to the NHL for Swiss Juniors?

When I talk to Swiss players and their parents, I often get the impression that they think the only way to the NHL is by playing Junior hockey in Canada. This is definitely not correct. Analyzing the November 7, “NHL Draft Watch List 2019” and EliteProspects table “2018-19 NHL Players Produced per League” paint a different picture. Although the Canadian CHL remains one of the leading options to get drafted there are plenty of alternatives. [continue reading…]

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NCAA regulations require all incoming student-athletes to meet a prescribed level of academic performance while maintaining their amateur status before entering college. The students who wish to compete at the Division I and II level must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center which looks at two main criteria: [continue reading…]

In Switzerland only three of the four available paths to the NHL, for Swiss Junior Ice Hockey players, are commonly known: the Swiss National League, Sweden’s SuperElit and the Canadian Hockey League Major Juniors (CHL). Up to now most of the talented Swiss Junior players chose the CHL path (Sbisa, Niederreiter, Bärtschi, Meier, Andrighetto,  Hischier etc.). Only a few tried the alternative USHL/NCAA path (Luca Cunti, Brady & Jordy Murray).
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Every year European players and parents approach me in late spring, early summer, looking for an opportunity  to play Junior Hockey in the US. While it is not impossible to find a team relatively late in the selection process, it becomes very hard. This leads to the question when should I start exploring my options to play Junior Hockey in the USA? [continue reading…]