NCAA Hockey and Canada

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A presentation from College Hockey, Inc. to key friends and allies in Canada about the benefits of the college path.

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NCAA Hockey and Canada

  1. 1. COLLEGEHOCKEYINC.COM
  2. 2. The best years of your life “If I had kids there would be no question they’d go the same route. It was the best four years of my life. And the other guys who have gone to college would tell you the same thing. I couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out!” Adam Burish NCAA National Champion – University of Wisconsin Stanley Cup Champion – Chicago Blackhawks
  3. 3. Canadian Friends of NCAA Hockey • Educate Canadian hockey families o On-ice o Off-ice • Dispel myth that Canadians are not welcome in NCAA hockey • Mobilize passionate NCAA supporters and former players in Canada • Understand the perspective of a Canadian hockey family
  4. 4. College Hockey Inc. • CHI represents all 59 NCAA schools that offer DI men’s hockey • Unique challenges presented by NCAA • Lack of awareness in Canada • Leverage growth and popularity of NCAA hockey
  5. 5. The path to the NHL 301 NCAA developed players in the NHL! • 31% of all NHL players
  6. 6. • 30% of NCAA Division I – More than $10 million in scholarships • 21% of Canadians in the NHL played NCAA – Toews, St. Louis, Sharp, Kunitz, Schultz NCAA wants Canadians!
  7. 7. The Path to the NHL 43% growth in 8 years! 23% 21% 24% 31% 200 220 240 260 280 300 Former NCAA Players in NHL
  8. 8. The Path to the NHL 12 NHL GMs have an NCAA background • 14 NHL GMs have a CHL background • 4 NHL GMs have neither NCAA or CHL
  9. 9. • Hockey Development – Reach your full personal potential • Everything Else – Education, Networking, Life Skills, Memories, etc…….. College Hockey
  10. 10. Complete Development Focus Optimal combination of: • Games • Practices • Off-ice Strength & Conditioning
  11. 11. Intense Games & Practices • 34 – 44 games per season • Tough, mature competition
  12. 12. Skill Development • 4 - 5 practices per week – Strategy AND skill practices • Four years NCAA eligibility = More choice! – Average NHL rookie is 23 – Only 15 NHL players were teenagers in 2011-12
  13. 13. Off-ice Strength & Conditioning • Professional caliber training facilities • Full-time strength/conditioning coaches • Manageable travel and game schedule
  14. 14. • Top Hockey Minds • Learning Environment • Commitment = No trades World Class Coaching
  15. 15. Personal Growth & Development • Discipline and leadership skills • Independent living
  16. 16. Everything else…..
  17. 17. • Since 1917, only 6900 people have played in the NHL – 344 only played one game • Of elite 18 year olds, only 5 – 8 % will play in the NHL Reality
  18. 18. • 85% of NCAA hockey players will earn a college degree • *20% of major junior players will earn a college degree * Are players who choose the OHL over college scholarships really getting the best of both worlds? - Kitchener Record; December 17, 2009 NO “worst case scenario”
  19. 19. Alumni Network Michigan State vs Michigan - 104,173 attendance
  20. 20. • NCAA coaches cannot contact a player until after Grade 10 – Many Canadian players are unfortunately ineligible by this time • A player may contact coaches and visit campus at any time NCAA Recruiting
  21. 21. • NCAA considers the CHL professional – Playing just one game – Signing a contract • CHL training camps – One camp per team – 48 hour rule – Do not accept payment or gifts Protect Your Amateur Status
  22. 22. • 16 core courses – Grades matter • Take Standardized tests (SAT/ACT) • NCAA Eligibility Center – Register at eligibilitycenter.org Academic Eligibility ELIGIBILITYCENTER.ORG
  23. 23. Canadian Friends of NCAA Hockey • Encourage players/parents to follow us on twitter @collegehockey • Encourage players/parents to sign up for our email newsletter, Play College Hockey • If you operate a web site, include a link to our site, collegehockeyinc.com • Forward College Hockey Inc. email newsletter • Introduce us to other Canadian Friends of NCAA Hockey. • Share ideas and advice about how we can best serve Canadian hockey families
  24. 24. IDEA: College Hockey Celebrates Canada Select a strategic date when the NCAA men’s DI college hockey community collectively celebrates Canada’s tremendous impact on NCAA hockey. • Dispel the notion that Canadians aren’t welcome in college hockey and promote how many actually are playing the game • Educate about the many success stories of college hockey, both on and off of the ice • TV broadcasts and media coverage has a strong Canadian flavor Potential Date - Friday, January 17th • No Canadian-based NHL teams are playing • Day before Hockey Day in Canada • CBSSN game is St. Cloud vs. Western Michigan (Andy Murray – head coach) • BTN doubleheader is PSU at Michigan St. and Ohio St at Minnesota (outdoor game)
  25. 25. The best years of your life “If I had kids there would be no question they’d go the same route. It was the best four years of my life. And the other guys who have gone to college would tell you the same thing. I couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out!” Adam Burish NCAA National Champion – University of Wisconsin Stanley Cup Champion – Chicago Blackhawks
  26. 26. collegehockeyinc.com @collegehockey Your college hockey partner

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