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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 Eligibility – Ice Hockey (International)

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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…]

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).
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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…]

USHL Rule changes will affect imports!

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…]

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…]