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2022 NCDC Entry Draft: What You Need To Know

By Joshua Boyd /, 05/06/22, 11:30AM EDT


There will be well over 100 hockey futures getting brighter beginning next Wednesday, May 11, 2022, following the conclusion of the 2022 NCDC Entry Draft. Here is a handy guide of all you need to know about the Draft! 


Who Is Eligible? 

All players born between the years 2005 and 2006 are eligible to be drafted. Similar to NHL teams at the NHL Entry Draft, NCDC teams are building towards future year teams (in most cases) at the Draft. 

“The idea behind the NCDC Draft is that we’re looking at younger players, many being outside of our league footprint, in order that we may better inform players about the benefits of the Tier II Tuition-Free NCDC and its Pathway To College Hockey,” said Commissioner Bob Turow. 


How Many Rounds? 

There is no limit to the actual “rounds” of the NCDC Draft. Instead, teams are working to fill their 70-man protected lists. Some teams may draft 10, some may draft 15, and the new members Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and Mercer Chiefs may draft several more than that as they have no returning players. 


How Are 70-Man Protected Lists Filled Aside Of The Draft? 

Returning age-eligible players, previously drafted players, signed tenders and additional organizational assets are all part of each NCDC team’s 70-Man Protected List. 


Until What Date Can NCDC Teams Tender Players? 

May 9 is the Tender Deadline. The 2022-23 Tender maximum is 14, which does not apply this year to Mercer and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 


Where and When Can I Watch Coverage of the NCDC Entry Draft? 

The Dan K Show, the official Broadcast and Podcast Partner Of The USPHL, will present its Live Coverage of the NCDC Draft exclusively on the USPHL YouTube Channel beginning at 8 p.m. EST on May 11. The USPHL website, and the league’s social media accounts will release Draft results also beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

Watch USPHL Social Media for a link to the show itself.