How to Get Recruited To Play
College Ice Hockey

2 Must-Do's in Recruiting

Start Early

Many athletes receive offers well before their senior year and in some cases as early as middle school. If you are serious about playing college sports consider starting your recruiting process right away.

Take Control

Your recruiting process is exactly that...Yours! The only person who will be affected if you play college sports or not, or earn a scholarship or not is you. Take control of your recruiting process immediately as it only happens once in your lifetime.

Men's College Ice Hockey

3 Steps to Get Recruited for Men's Ice Hockey

Step 1


Understand Your Oportunities

The first step in the recruiting process is to understand the opportunities available in your sport. Check the charts to see how many programs and scholarships are available in your sport.

Men's Ice Hockey Programs:

D1 D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA TOTAL
60 7 81 - - - 148

Men's Ice Hockey Scholarships:

D1 D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA
18 13.5 - - 16 -

Men's Ice Hockey Programs:

D1 D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA TOTAL
60 7 81 - - - 148

Men's Ice Hockey Scholarships:

D1 D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA
18 13.5 - - 16 -

Recruiting Timeline

Freshman


  • Start researching schools. Choose 2 or more schools per week to research
  • Locate AAU teams and choose one to join. Play AAU throughout High School
  • Create highlight video
  • Compile a list up to 100 schools you would consider attending
  • Start sending letters/emails to those coaches on your list
  • Communicate with coaches and start building relationships
  • Take unofficial visits and attend camps offered by schools you are interested in

Key Dates

  • Day 1 of Freshman Year: D3 and NAIA Coaches Can Start Calling
  • Anytime: Coaches can send Questionnaires, Camp Information, NCAA Materials and Nonathletic Publications
  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches

Sophomore


  • Continue to research 2 or more schools per week
  • Start to narrow down schools that are a good fit for you and make unofficial visits
  • Fill out all questionnaires sent to you and send them back
  • Continue playing AAU and compete in tournaments
  • Create another highlight video and get an evaluation from a 3rd party scout
  • Attend camps

Key Dates

  • June 15 After Sophomore Year: D1 and D2 Coaches can make unlimited phone calls, send text and send email. D1 and D2 Coaches can also send all permissible recruiting materials
  • Top Recruits will start to receive offers heading into junior year
  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches

Junior


  • Continue to make unofficial visits to your narrowed down list of schools
  • Schedule and take official visits January 1 – Up to 5
  • Reply to every email, phone call, text and questionnaire from a college coach
  • Continue communicating with coaches. Ask questions to uncover interest from coaches
  • Continue playing AAU and compete in tournaments
  • Create another highlight video and get an evaluation from a 3rd party scout
  • Continue attending camps

Key Dates

  • January 1: First Day you can take Official Visits
  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches

Senior


  • Continue taking official visits – Up to 5
  • Continue communicating with coaches
  • Continue playing AAU and compete in tournaments
  • Reply to every email, phone call, text and questionnaire from a college coach
  • Apply to colleges of interest
  • Sign and Live Your Dream

Key Dates

  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches
  • Second Wednesday of November: Early Signing Period (Last 1 Week)
  • Second Wednesday of April: Regular Signing Period (Lasts Until May 18th for D1 and Lasts Until August 1st for D2)

Step 2


Build Your Online Player ID

In today's world of recruiting, the majority of athletes are discovered online first by college coaches. Create and build your online resume to connect directly to them.

Track your playing career and get your information verified by your high school and club coaches. Show college coaches you care about playing in college by taking the time to share the full story of you.
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Step 3


Contact College Coaches

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Find the right fit colleges for you and send your online Player ID directly to the coaches at those schools. There isn't a magic camp, showcase or tournament out there that will get you recruited.

Nothing beats sending your completed, online Player ID directly to college coaches. Then when you go to a tournament or event, invite those college coaches to come see you play!
Find the right fit colleges for you and send your online Player ID directly to the coaches at those schools. There isn't a magic camp, showcase or tournament out there that will get you recruited.

Nothing beats sending your completed, online Player ID directly to college coaches. Then when you go to a tournament or event, invite those college coaches to come see you play!
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Women's College Ice Hockey

3 Steps to Get Recruited for Women's Ice Hockey

Step 1


Understand Your Oportunities

The first step in the recruiting process is to understand the opportunities available in your sport. Check the charts to see how many programs and scholarships are available in your sport.

Women's Ice Hockey Programs:

D1 D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA TOTAL
35 5 62 - - - 102

Women's Ice Hockey Scholarships:

D1 D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA
18 18 - - - -

Women's Ice Hockey Programs:

D1 D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA TOTAL
35 5 62 - - - 102

Women's Ice Hockey Scholarships:

D1 D2 D3 NAIA NJCAA CCCAA
18 18 - - - -

Recruiting Timeline

Freshman


  • Start researching schools. Choose 2 or more schools per week to research
  • Locate AAU teams and choose one to join. Play AAU throughout High School
  • Create highlight video
  • Compile a list up to 100 schools you would consider attending
  • Start sending letters/emails to those coaches on your list
  • Communicate with coaches and start building relationships
  • Take unofficial visits and attend camps offered by schools you are interested in

Key Dates

  • Day 1 of Freshman Year: D3 and NAIA Coaches Can Start Calling
  • Anytime: Coaches can send Questionnaires, Camp Information, NCAA Materials and Nonathletic Publications
  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches

Sophomore


  • Continue to research 2 or more schools per week
  • Start to narrow down schools that are a good fit for you and make unofficial visits
  • Fill out all questionnaires sent to you and send them back
  • Continue playing AAU and compete in tournaments
  • Create another highlight video and get an evaluation from a 3rd party scout
  • Attend camps

Key Dates

  • June 15 After Sophomore Year: First Day D2 Coaches can make phone calls, send text and send email.
  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches

Junior


  • Continue to make unofficial visits to your narrowed down list of schools
  • Schedule and take official visits January 1 – Up to 5
  • Reply to every email, phone call, text and questionnaire from a college coach
  • Continue communicating with coaches. Ask questions to uncover interest from coaches
  • Continue playing AAU and compete in tournaments
  • Create another highlight video and get an evaluation from a 3rd party scout
  • Continue attending camps

Key Dates

  • January 1: First Day you can take Official Visits
  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches

Senior


  • Continue taking official visits – Up to 5
  • Continue communicating with coaches
  • Continue playing AAU and compete in tournaments
  • Reply to every email, phone call, text and questionnaire from a college coach
  • Apply to colleges of interest
  • Sign and Live Your Dream

Key Dates

  • Anytime: You can call or email coaches
  • Second Wednesday of November: Early Signing Period (Last 1 Week)
  • Second Wednesday of April: Regular Signing Period (Lasts Until May 18th for D1 and Lasts Until August 1st for D2)

Step 2


Build Your Online Player ID

In today's world of recruiting, the majority of athletes are discovered online first by college coaches. Create and build your online resume to connect directly to them.

Track your playing career and get your information verified by your high school and club coaches. Show college coaches you care about playing in college by taking the time to share the full story of you.
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Step 3


Contact College Coaches

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Find the right fit colleges for you and send your online Player ID directly to the coaches at those schools. There isn't a magic camp, showcase or tournament out there that will get you recruited.

Nothing beats sending your completed, online Player ID directly to college coaches. Then when you go to a tournament or event, invite those college coaches to come see you play!
Find the right fit colleges for you and send your online Player ID directly to the coaches at those schools. There isn't a magic camp, showcase or tournament out there that will get you recruited.

Nothing beats sending your completed, online Player ID directly to college coaches. Then when you go to a tournament or event, invite those college coaches to come see you play!
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Ready to Connect With College Coaches?

Athletes Get Started