College hockey offers players the unique opportunity to pursue a professional hockey career at the highest levels while earning a college degree from some of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning.
More than 85 percent of college hockey players graduate with a college degree, setting themselves up for success after their hockey career. Each year Division I hockey programs award more than $30 million in scholarships, unquestionably the most significant education program in the sport.
|"Best of both worlds. Ivy was not a prerequisite, but it seemed to make the most sense in terms of those two worlds (education and hockey). My family stressed being well-rounded (and) that included a passion for hockey and sports and our upbringing about school." - Dominic Moore, Harvard/San Jose Sharks
"My family did a lot of work researching; education was always a big thing in our family. At the time the whole process was a bit overwhelming, but I couldn't have made a better decision." - Brendan Morrison, Michigan/Chicago Blackhawks
College hockey is played primarily on weekends to maximize class and study time, allowing student-athletes to enjoy a full college experience while becoming part of the campus community.
Every U.S. college boasts thousands of alumni in every professional field: business, law, engineering, government, medicine, sports and entertainment. Alumni networks, combined with a degree, put graduates in an ideal position to transition into their post-hockey careers.
Even for those players who reach the highest level, very few play in the NHL past their mid-30s. That leaves decades of life ahead - and college hockey prepares its athletes for both the NHL and what lies beyond.