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What is Posted on this Page?

  • A section with general interest articles
  • A section with Concussion & Safety Info
  • A section with Info on NCAA Recruiting
  • A Section on "Going Pro"

A Must Read for Every Hockey Parent

Letter from a Hockey Player to His Parents

Male or female, 8U to 18U, this letter is a MUST read for all Parents.

USA Hockey Declaration of Fair Play, Safety & Respect

Link to USA Hockey's Declaration of Fair Play, Safety and respect

Text of USA Hockey's Letter plus videos including the video showing what is acceptable and unacceptable Body Contact

We are Changing the Culture of Hockey

Video below describes acceptable and unacceptable body checking.  Recommended for all parents and coaches.

Relax It's Only a Game Video

This 5 minute video is highly recommended for all parents.  The last 2 minutes have several scenarios of suspect parent behavior that will make you think...

Relax It's Only a Game

General Interest Articles

Rushing kids to specialize in one sport may not be best path to success

Article from Penn State on when to specialize. Some interesting points for parents to ponder when helping their children to make decisions.

Message to Parents - be a Good Goalie Parent

This PDF has excellent advice from a former Pro on how to be a Good Goalie Parent.

Understanding the Perspective of a Goalie Parent

This article shows the perspective of a Goalie Parent but also reminds all of us of what our children get from playing the game - discipline, time managment, friends, ...., to name a few. All of these are important to their future adult lives but rarely get mentioned.

Making the Most of Your Opportunities

Not every kid gets drafted and persistence can lead to success. Excellent article about one Goalie's path to College playing time.

The road to the NCAA and the Pros is thru JUNIOR HOCKEY

Excellent article with the statistics of how many NHL and NCAA scholarship players are alumni of the NAHL and USHL (Tier II and I Junior Hockey).

Checking the Boxes of a USHL Draft Pick

Excellent article for 14U & 16U parents and players about how to get noticed by a USHL scout. Discusses BOTH on ice and off ice behaviors.

Body Contact vs Body Checking

This page includes a video that is also shown to Level 1 and 2 officials during their training. Highly recommended for ALL parents and coaches!

Perspective for Hockey Parents

This is what your child hears when they hear you yelling at them from the stands or in the car going home!

STOP treating Goalies as Though They are Different

Words of wisdom on the Goalie Position

Raising 27's or Does Your Child Know How to Lose?

Do our kids know how to utilize a failure or loss to gain wisdom? To gain strength? To gain perspective? Can they lose and not feel like a loser? (This is big.) Can they fail and not feel like a failure? (This is also big.) If our answer to these questions is “No”, then we have some serious work to do, my friends. Because the experiences of loss and failure provide far more opportunities for growth, wisdom and strength than an 18-year-old who steps out into the world armed with nothing but a bedroom full of trophies.

Is 8U the on ramp to the NHL?

If your child enjoys 8U then he will want to play then once he gets to 14U, then he might have the desire and ability to try for NHL. But what or how much he plays before 14U rarely makes a difference on his chances. This is an article from USA hockey ADM program.

From the Toronto Sun - Attention Hockey Coaches & Parents: Minor Hockey is for Kids

This article, reprinted many times, is the classic article about the priorities of players versus their parents or coaches. Required reading (and periodic re-reading) for ALL parents and coaches!

Division I Coaches on Minnesota's It Factor

Talks about unique aspects to development in Minnesota Youth Hockey. 8U players using Cross Ice to develop. Players playing in their communities instead of organization hopping (college recruiters do notice this as a negative!) and more!

The Tipping Point in Youth Sports

Article about expectations and realizing that Development is a Process and more of a marathon than a Sprint. This article focuses on parent expectations.

A Radical Approach to Hockey at the younger levels

Do players really need travel at the 8U and 10U levels? Minnesota is showing that players who get to enjoy the game and play only in house thru 10U develop more. More development and less travel at younger ages leads to more players having success at higher levels (high school, juniors and college)

Concussion Info

A new way forward in Concussion Culture

A discussion with one of USA Hockey's experts.

What every coach and parent should be asking of their athletes

"We often forget that the person an athlete is going to confide in the most is a friend, a teammate … So, one of the best ways to become aware of the concussions we're currently missing is to ask teammates to speak up when they realize a teammate might have a concussion."
Chris Nowinski, Ph.D.
Concussion Legacy Foundation

USA Hockey's Information Page on Concussions

Articles, Posters, links to CDC Info, Signs & Symptoms to look for, An Action Plan and much more...

New 2019 Concussion Management and Return to Play Form

New Program from USA Hockey for 2019-20 on Concussion Management and a Return to Play form

Injury Prevention Info

Injury Prevention

From the USA Hockey website: Doctor Michael J. Stuart's informative and important presentations are available for download here. The valuable information is important for coaches, players, parents and physicians.

NHL/NHLPA Concussion Education Video

A lot of information specifically for hockey players on detection and management of concussions.  This information should not replace consulting your family physician should you suspect your child has a concussion.

Safety Info

What the heck is HECC?

What is HECC and why does my kids helmet have to have this sticker?

NCAA Info & Info on Getting Recruited/Noticed

Social Media - Creating Boundaries

Is social media a way for your child to market himself? Or will it wreck his/her future? Every high school has the story of the kid who posted behaviors and got suspended. But posting can impact a promising athlete as well - no recruiter or college coach wants a player who "might" be a problem.

5 Things You Need to Know about Athletic Scholarships

Eye opening tips especially for hockey parents. Most hockey scholarships are NOT full rides. Athletic Scholarships are only good for one year - playing time, grades or a new coach could mean you lose your scholarship after one year.

What Does "Character" Mean to College Coaches

Your child has the talent to play in college but does he/she have the character? Will he or she fit in, play as part of the team, help team mates, get the grades to stay eligible? Coaches are watching to see how your child interacts with their team mates and coaches. Coaches are watching the parents too - the parents in the stands tracking playing time and yelling the refs will be noted. With college coaches, parents are to be seen and not heard.

An Open Letter from a Coach to a prospective Recruit

an article both parents and athletes should read. Coaches care about character.


NCAA Recruiting

There are many college recruiting websites.  Whether you want to spend time on them or get involved with them is up to you.

But Realize: The most important group in college athletics is the NCAA.  They provide a huge amount of info for guidance counselors, parents and athletes.  This is where you should get the facts and if you hear something or get contacted by someone - check them out or go to the NCAA for the facts.

14U/16U On College Commitments - Should my child commit early?

Social media makes a big deal about player's committing to a college at an early age. This quick question identifies what these commitments mean and what parents should be emphasizing to your child if they want to play college hockey!

Want to Play College Sports?

Excellent page with resources on Division 1,2, and 3. Also links to required high school coursework, GPA, SAT/ACT - required reading for potential student athletes and their parents

NCAA Recruiting Calendars

Links to the official NCAA Recruiting Calendars and a Frequently Asked Questions section on the terminology.

NCAA Eligibility Center

Visit this page to find out about eligibility and recruiting. Students must be qualified (as amateurs and academically) by the NCAA to accept a scholarship and play college sports.

USA Hockey Link to College Hockey Info

College Hockey Inc. Their frequently asked questions page appears to be up to date and has good information that is not easily found on NCAA and other websites. One example is Division I college hockey teams only have 18 scholarships and typically carry 25-30 players so not all players get full athletic scholarships.

How does my child get recruited to Play College Hockey?

Answer - play Juniors.  Go to the Junior and Development League websites (listed below) - they have recruiting events and tell you how to play in their leagues.  Even the NTDP 18U and 17U teams play in the USHL (Tier I Junior League).

My child plays AAA! or AA!  We go to these big expensive Tournaments to get recruited.  Fact remains, most college coaches want players to play a year or two of high level juniors.

Still don't understand?  Go to Division I and III hockey programs and check out their rosters.  Almost all list their players last team - very few come from High Schools or AAA teams, most come from Junior Teams or in some cases Prep Schools.  See the links below. 

USA Hockey's Junior Website

This website lists the Tier I (USHL), Tier II (NAHL) and Tier III (RMHL, NA3HL and EHL) Junior Hockey Leagues

College Hockey Inc List of Developmental/Junior Leagues & College Hockey Leagues

Excellent play to find out where to play if you want to play College Hockey or want to explore the various College Hockey Leagues

RIT (Division I) Mens Hockey Roster

Every player is off a Canadian or US Junior team.

Boston University (Division 1) Men's Ice Hockey Roster

A few from USPHL elite teams, several from the NTDP 18U team, a few from Prep Schools and the rest from Canadian or USHL Junior teams

SUNY Brockport (Division III) Men's Ice Hockey Roster

One player from the NAHL with most of the rest split between the EHL (a Tier III junior league) and the USPHL

College Hockey or Canadian Major Junior - which is better for a NHL Career?

College Hockey Inc Article on College vs CHL

Biased towards the NCAA but worth reading

Understanding Junior Hockey

Written by the USHL which wants players to go to college

Predators coach Dan Muse’s advice for 14U/16U players

Could your child make it to the Pros? What skills are needed for higher levels of hockey? Predators Coach Dan Muse discusses these questions.

Major Junior vs College Hockey

Excellent article - which route is best for your child? Discusses the many pros and cons. Gives examples.

St John Fisher Academic Paper - Major Junior or College Hockey

A well written academic paper on the merits of college hockey versus major junior. Many citations and well researched.

Going Pro

Most NHL players came out of the CHL (Canadian Hockey League also known as Canadian Major Junior), the NCAA, or various European Leagues. 

The CHL includes the OHL, WHL and QMJHL. Playing or signing a contract to play in these leagues will forfeit your NCAA eligibilty.

Many NHL players play in the minor leagues before making it to the NHL.  Many NCAA players "go pro" after graduating from college by joining one of these leagues.  The American Hockey League (AHL), ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) and SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League).  Each NHL team has a AHL affiliate.  Each AHL generally has an affiliated team in the ECHL and most ECHL teams have an affiiation with SPHL teams to replace players who get called up or are injured.

Statistics about Playing College Hockey & Going Pro from Men's College Ice Hockey

Shows the statistics of playing men's college hockey and the statistics of being drafted. One of the most interesting statistics is : In 2018, 31% of players on active NHL rosters played college hockey (all Division I), up from about 20% in the year 2000

There are more than 480,000 student athletes, less than 2% go pro

There are more than 480,000 student athletes, less than 2% go pro

Parent's Info

Parents: Do you have an idea about info you would like to see on this page? 

Contact Jeanne Barreca with ideas!

Tryouts for the 2019-20 Season

For age classifications that do not lead to a National Tournament (12 U & below) tryouts can start Tuesday,March 26, 2019.

For age classifications that lead to a National Tournament (13 U through 18 U)  tryouts can begin Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Organizations generally hold House & 8U/6U Evals (MOHL-Buffalo & EAHC-Rochester) after the last Tryouts end although some may hold them after Nationals if ice is available.

For Travel/Girls Tryout & House/8U/6U Evals schedules for each organization, please consult the schedules posted by each organization on their website in February and March.