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…]
Changes in the US Junior Hockey Tier I & II Leagues!
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…]
USA Junior Hockey Tier III – do your homework!
Tier III Hockey (pay to play leagues) in the US is offered all over the USA. There are 7 leagues with a total of 171 teams (number at the beginning of the season). Before you send the first check to a team you better make sure you did your homework about the league and the team you will be playing for. Not all leagues and teams are the same! [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…]
Changing Landscape in US Junior Hockey!
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.
US Junior Hockey – Family Advisor
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…]