Ice Hockey

Your scho­l­ar­ship in the USA

Ice hockey has a huge place in American sports culture. If you want to make the leap to the profes­sio­nals, you’ve defi­ni­tely come to the right place! Here the future NHL super­stars play in front of several thousand spec­ta­tors.
But even smaller univer­si­ties offer high-quality sport and enable you to complete a great degree.

More than 300 former college athletes played in the 2017-2018 NHL season and the numbers are incre­a­sing every year.

Hockey stars like Jack Eichel, Charlie McAvoy, Brock Boeser, Quinn Hughes, Johnny Gudreau and many more played hockey in college before they became NHL stars.

Even a few German players are or were compe­ting at a college in the US. That includes German national team players Parker Tuomie, Marc Michaelis, and Julian Napravnik, among many others.



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Ice Hockey

in the USA

How many scho­l­ar­s­hips are there?

Ice hockey is only promoted in the NCAA D1 with athletic scho­l­ar­s­hips at college. The level of perfor­mance in the NCAA D1 is extre­mely high.

Univer­si­ties with ice hockey team:

NCAA D1: 61 men und women
NCAA D3: 74 men und 93 women
ACHA D1: 70 men und 25 women
ACHA D2: 200 men und 51 women
ACHA D3: 140 men und 0 women

How is the trai­ning and season in the USA struc­tured?

In the USA, trai­ning is usually done at noon. Before that, you have attended all of your lectures and then go on the ice after a warm-up. The units vary from 45 minutes for a pre-game skate to 1.5 or some­times 2 hours of trai­ning. After­wards, a strength unit with a fitness trainer is completed several times a week. Due to the high load, the athletes have excel­lent condi­tions for physio­the­ra­pists, chiro­prac­tors and medical profes­sio­nals. They also have access to all rege­ne­ra­tion faci­li­ties that meet the highest stan­dards.

The season begins with the start of trai­ning in the case of semes­ters. Most of the time, the athletes arrive a little earlier and hit the ice toge­ther. There are always between 4-6 prepa­ra­tion games and then the season starts with games in the first week of October. In total, you have around 34 games in the USA and then the cham­pions are played in a tour­na­ment format, first in the respec­tive confe­rence and then on a national level. So it can be that you have up to 42 games.


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Requi­re­ments for your scho­l­ar­ship

Ice hockey is more important in the USA than in Germany. The market for poten­tial talent for coaches is corre­spon­dingly larger. In order to receive a spor­ting scho­l­ar­ship you should play in the highest league for your age. In addi­tion, you should already have been part of a selec­tion or even the national team. But also for athletes who have not played in the top league, it is possible to receive a scho­l­ar­ship at a univer­sity in the USA. Here, a “detour” is made via a univer­sity, where the player can develop and is intro­duced to the American game system. After that, it is possible to switch to a univer­sity where you can also receive spor­ting funding for ice hockey.

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