Navigating the path to NCAA hockey using free tools to help young players

RinkNet’s player management system is used by many NCAA schools as well as professional hockey organizations, including the NHL, CHL, USHL and NAHL.

The concourse at 3M Arena at Mariucci features the Big Ten Conference teams.
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Like every other high school sport, hockey coaches are a critical component in developing each player’s skillset, ultimately giving athletes the mental and physical tenacity to take it to the next level—a place on an NCAA team. But how do young hockey players and those influencing them, navigate the ins and outs of recruitment and optimize their chances of getting on a team? That’s where College Hockey Inc. comes in.

“We provide young athletes access to free tools, events and information that helps guide them on the path to Division I men’s hockey and understand the importance of it,” said Mike Snee, College Hockey Inc. executive director. “We’re an advocate for college hockey in this sometimes confusing world of youth and amateur hockey.”

College Hockey Inc., a nonprofit, was established in 2009 and since then has reached thousands of young players and their families, promoting the college hockey experience. Not only does that experience serve for some as a path to the NHL, but it also sets players up for a career in today’s workforce after hockey. Division I men’s hockey players currently have a 93% graduation rate, among the best of all Division I men’s sports.

“All individuals who are playing hockey at a recruitable age have their stats and information in RinkNet , a technology company for hockey scouts, coaches and managers,” said Sean Hogan, senior director of athlete relations. “When I meet with families, I can add my notes, which are all available to D1 hockey coaches.”

RinkNet’s player management system is used by many NCAA schools as well as professional and junior hockey organizations, including the NHL, CHL, USHL and NAHL.


Coaches, scouts and managers can also use RinkNet’s Commitments Tracker to see which players have committed to which D1 school.

“From extensive stats and information to analytics, these tools provide the solid information coaches need so they’re not basing decisions off of opinions, but rather data,” said Kenny Rausch, vice president of client relationships.

In addition to using the latest technology to give players greater visibility with NCAA DI coaches, College Hockey Inc. is a great resource for answering questions players have about navigating to NCAA hockey, including when to talk to coaches and eligibility requirements.

“We want to ensure that all questions are answered and our services are always available without a fee,” Hogan said.

Players also look forward to College Hockey Inc.’s Summits, which gathers top players from across North America to inform them and their parents about the college hockey experience and introduce them to some of the sport’s coaches.

“Hosting in-person presentations for aspiring players and their parents is the foundation of what we do,” Hogan said.

The best way players can learn more about the journey to college hockey is to register with College Hockey Inc . Athletes will get email newsletters, their information shared with schools of their interest, recommendations on how to connect with schools that have mutual interest, and have their information with the RinkNet scouting service. To learn more about College Hockey Inc. visit .

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