From The Bench
With so few opportunities at the college level there is no room for players with any weaknesses. For defensemen this means you will need to be an excellent skater, solid stick skills, aggressive and size is especially important. As a defensemen if you can be an anchor on your line and consistently put out quality minutes you can expect a scholarship.
You have to score to win and having a fast, big, goal scorer can make or break a team. Coaches watch all of the junior hockey leagues but as a forward it is especially important you are playing against quality teams. Having great stats in a lower league will get over looked. If you are playing in a league that might not be the most popular you have to put up amazing stats just to be considered.
Teams with 18 scholarships are known as a fully funded program and not every DI program is fully funded. Additionally, Ivy League schools there are 6 at the DI level do not offer athletic scholarships at all. Coaches are always willing to shell our full ride for star players and then use the remaining scholarships to divide among the rest of the players. Some programs will also ask a group of players to walk on to the team and depending on how the practice and continue to develop they might find scholarship money for them the next year.
Shooting for the minimum academic requirements will only hurt you in the pursuit for ice hockey scholarships. Just because you are eligible by NCAA standards does not mean you are going to be able to gain admission into a university that wants to recruit you. There are some programs that can accept players who only have the minimum requirements but for the majority you will need to do much better just to be eligible.
Getting a solid GPA and test scores also makes it possible for coaches to find you academic money. That means they can get you financial aid and the athletic scholarship money you might have needed can go to another recruit and make the team better. Use the links at the bottom left hand side of this page to make up you list of ice hockey colleges. That there are over a dozen viable, experienced Boston University alumni in the NCAA and professional hockey coaching ranks, tells you a lot A spinal injury ended Neil Doef's playing career, but didn't keep him down.
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