There are basically two tracks available for talented European ice hockey players who want to pursue their careers in the U.S., combining their goal of becoming a professional athlete with obtaining a College degree. To better understand the paths, one needs to have an understanding of the U.S. Educational system which is slightly different from the European models. [continue reading…]
NCAA – Roadmap for European Junior Ice Hockey players
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…]
NCAA College Hockey – Also a career path for Swiss Junior players
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).
When to start with your search to play US Junior Hockey?
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…]
Record number of NCAA players in NHL camps. No Swiss players!
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…]
NCAA 48 hour Rule!
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 184.108.40.206 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…]