Why choose the NCAA route?
For more than 100 years, college hockey has been a breeding ground for outstanding hockey players and people. Today college hockey players make a bigger impact in the NHL than ever before, with more than 30% of the league coming from the U.S. college ranks.
NCAA Division I men's hockey is made up 60 member schools across six conferences: Atlantic Hockey, Big Ten, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East, the NCHC and the WCHA. The member teams range as far west as Alaska and as far south as Alabama.
There are a number of reasons to consider the college hockey path:
NHL Opportunities: From Charlie Coyle to Jack Eichel, college hockey consistently produces NHL stars and its presence in the league continues to grow.
Player Development: With its style of play, emphasis on practice and opportunity for strength and conditioning, college hockey provides an unparalleled environment for player development.
Education: Some of the finest institutions in the world offer college hockey, providing young players exposure to elite educational programs while pursuing their hockey careers. Division I men's hockey players have a 92% graduation rate, best of all Division I men's sports - and invaluable in today's working world.
Student Life: The off-ice experience of life on campus, surrounded by fellow students in a supportive environment, is unmatched and often considered the best time of a person's life.
Special Events: Holiday tournaments, conference championships, outdoor games, the Beanpot and the NCAA Frozen Four provide college hockey players the opportunity to play in intense, high-profile special events.
History: With traditions unique to each school and a history that traces back to the 1800s, today's college hockey players carry on a proud legacy.
The USPHL believes there is no better place to build your skills than college hockey and takes great pride in the fact that over 350 players from USPHL teams have advanced to NCAA hockey.