NCAA Hockey Recruiting
Recruiting is an exciting - but often confusing - process for student-athletes considering a college hockey career. College hockey doesn't have a draft, giving elite prospective players control over where they want to play.
High school students may not be actively recruited by college coaches prior to Jan. 1 of their grade 10 year. After that point, students may hear from coaches expressing interest in having them attend (or at least visit) their school. Students may reach out to college coaches prior to Jan. 1 of 10th grade, as long as they initiate contact by phone or in person (coaches may not, by NCAA rule, reply to phone or email messages).
Many prospective college hockey players wonder what they can do to get noticed by college recruiters. College hockey coaches spend a tremendous amount of time and energy scouting and recruiting potential student-athletes. If you play for a competitive midget minor, midget major, junior, or high school team, and are an elite player, there is a good a chance that the college coaches know about you.
We highly recommend that American players try out for the USA Hockey select festivals or district development camps that are held every summer. We also recommend you make a list of the schools you are interested in and visit their respective web sites (find links here). Most college hockey teams have a "recruiting questionnaire" on their team web site and it would be beneficial to fill out a questionnaire for each school that interests you. Create a hockey resume that can help introduce you to coaches.
Click here for more Frequently Asked Questions about the recruiting process.