Another sport that is very well suited as a spring board for a future professional career is ice hockey. At the moment, approximately one third of all current NHL players got their careers started playing college hockey at some point. In total there are 163 men’s and 103 women’s hockey programs, with most of them being located in the northern and northeastern states of the USA.
In those regions, the significance and the popularity of college hockey is way bigger than anything that hockey fans from around the world are used to in their countries. While some hockey powerhouses such as the University of North Dakota, University of Wisconsin, or the University of Minnesota average around 10,000 spectators per game, the all-time attendance record was broken in 2010 when over 104,000 people were in attendance at Michigan Stadium for the rivalry game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State.
Am I eligible?
Having a high enough GPA or SAT/ACT score is the passport to obtaining an ice hockey scholarship. Achievements in hockey will count for nothing if you do not fulfill the academic requirements set by the NCAA and the university of your choice. ASM Scholarships team has the ability and the experience to steer you through this rather difficult qualification process. It is an integral element of our approach to carefully evaluate and help fulfil your personal potential by working with you to select a university where you can fit in both athletically as well as academically.
Advantages of playing college ice hockey
The international influence in college hockey has also grown steadily over the last few years and currently 26% of all college hockey players come from outside of the United State. The US college system is the only place where young athletes can combine their sports career with a high quality education. In other countries, after finishing high school, young athletes need to pick between turning professional or fully committing themselves to their education and therefore putting their sporting dreams on hold. That is where the US presents a unique opportunity where young athletes can do both, study and further improve in their respective sport. Ice hockey is one of several college sports, where teams offer big scholarships to incoming recruits, some of them even covering up to the entirety of the costs. This applies for both men’s and women’s ice hockey, and as the game of women’s hockey is growing worldwide, the opportunities for women’s hockey scholarships increase for foreign players as well.
The process to securing an ice hockey scholarship
Our team will work with you directly to complete each stage necessary to making sure your future ice hockey pathway in America is easy and without hassle.
Customized recruitment timeline planning
Introduction to your management team members
Online ASM profile development & creation
College recruitment video production & editing
Access to ASM online recruitment academy portal
Review of athlete academic credentials
Identification of necessary exams
SAT registration & prep*
Toefl registration & prep*
ACT registration & prep*
NCAA Clearinghouse registration*
NAIA Clearinghouse registration*
Scheduling of your personal exam tutor prep classes
College marketing & Scholarship commitment
Identification & research of potential schools
Activation of soft recruitment campaign
Evaluation of initial marketing campaign
Activation of hard recruitment campaign
College coach interview prep
Finalizing of all college interest
Organization of college/university official visits*
Sport scholarship final offers
Review of offers & division making support
School application paperwork support
National Letter of Intent support
U.S. Entry prep
I20 preparation & support
Organization of U.S. embassy student visa process
Scholarship & Health insurance guidance & activation
Travel arrangements support
College pre checklist
Support & Pro Career Management
Support during university
University transfer assistance*
Tour ice hockey invites
*Only if required
Career pathway overview
College sports provides athletes the best of both worlds. Study and the ability to play high level sport. During this time we will continue to help manage your future career goals.