548 former NCAA players reported to NHL training camps this month. The majority of these players are US born, followed by Canadians but also an increasing numbers of Europeans. Absent among all the Europeans are Swiss players. [continue reading…]
After the recent USA Hockey Winter Meeting the USHL announced some important Rule changes which will be implemented over the next couple of seasons. It changes the numbers of Imports allowed and will, in particular, affect goaltenders (negatively) and Canadiens (positively). The primary goal of the rule changes is for the league to stay competitive with the CHL. [continue reading…]
In September 2017 another new tuition-free, Tier II, league will mark their inaugural season. This will add another 12 teams to the current two free to play leagues, the USHL and NAHL resulting in about 300 additional no fee roster spots. The new League is the National Collegiate Development Conference – NCDC, located in the Northeast.
At this time of the year when the European pro training camps start, I always get questions like “Can I participate without compromising my NCAA Eligibility”? And the answer is, yes if you adhere to Article 18.104.22.168 of the NCAA Manual, also called the “48-hour rule”! In North America this point always comes up with the CHL which is considered a professional League by the NCAA. College Hockey published a comprehensive article (link at the end) about this subject which pretty much pertains to the European players receiving invitations to camps from pro teams.
Here’s a brief description of the most important points to comply with the NCAA rules and maintain your NCAA eligibility: [continue reading…]
One of my first posts was titled “Family Advisor vs. Agents” (link at the end). In the past few weeks there have been quite a few articles published about this subject in which the darker side of it was mentioned too. As in all professions, there are also some Family Advisors who are ethically challenged and shed a bad light on the profession. [continue reading…]
This is a question which is put forth all the time by players as well as parents. Simple question, simple answer. Not quite. If you ask a member of one of the leagues, the answer is obvious. The league which they represent is the best! In alphabetical order, the EHL Premier, NA3HL and USPHL Premier are considered the best, of the 11, Tier III leagues. Is one better than the other? [continue reading…]