Ice hockey is not an easy sport but for athletes who have the coordination, strength and ability then an ice hockey scholarship is a great option. Universities and colleges award ice hockey scholarships to very talented ice hockey athletes, which enables the athlete to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate matches and national championships. If you are a male athlete you are able to gain ice hockey scholarships.

Ice hockey Scholarships – When is the best time?

The best time to go to the USA with an ice hockey scholarship is right after graduation from high school or up to two years after. Only athletes ages 18 – 24 can compete within the college leagues, any older and you will be looking at competing in the NAIA. Coaches are increasingly committing to younger athletes as this gives them the opportunity to work with the athletes for a longer period of time. It is also possible to go to the USA for one, two, three or four years, it depends on if you wish to seek a bachelor’s degree from your time there. We would recommend going to America as early as possible because this will give you the best chance of gaining a sports scholarship and turning professional after college.

Ice hockey scholarships –  How good do you have to be?

Athletic ice hockey scholarships can be achieved if you are at the right level. For good ice hockey players on the level of the Division I the chances to receive a full scholarship are relatively high if you know who to contact.

In order to gain the most opportunities from your profile and thus receive higher scholarship offers, it is important that you try to participate more in national tournaments in the time prior to starting U.S college. This will show college coaches that you are able to compete at a high level

If you are competing at national level then you have a great chance of receiving a 100% ice hockey scholarship. Coaches will also look at an athlete’s potential, it’s a vital aspect, as coaches know from experience that even moderate athletic performance can be boosted immensely with their intensive training methods. A college recruitment coach will look at a sport CV or the athlete, photographs, video and our staff advice regarding the athletes ability.

To find out whether you have what is takes in obtaining a ice hockey scholarship and therefore being placed in a college team, please complete our free application form.

Ice Hockey Facilities


Ice hockey training on a ice hockey scholarships program

If you gain an ice hockey scholarship you will be expected to practice with the team for around 4 hours a day 5 times a week. This would consist of ice hockey training and then you would be expected to take part in additional strength and conditioning training. If you feel you are currently lacking strength in muscle and size then don’t worry, Athletes USA works with leading sports nutrition brands that supply our athletes with leading sports nutrition products and information on how to reach your potential in the gym.

Ice hockey practice can seem tough to an international athlete because you may not be used to the hard workouts and training. This hard training often allows ice hockey athletes to reach previously unattained levels of fitness and performance while playing at college. Many college ice hockey athletes participate in the Winter Olympics, which clearly demonstrates that the college level can help you reach the top level.

The ice hockey season

The ice hockey season always begins in winter (Fall Term/ August). If you are looking to join a ice hockey college team you need to be signed to the college team around a year before.

Hockey  national championships


NCAA I+II: March


NCAA I+II: March