2014 “College Night” The Road To Hockey After High School October 13, 2014 Welcome Welcome to AHAI’s new format Welcome to our special guests Junior Tier I – Doug Christiansen – United States Hockey League Junior Tier II and Tier III – Craig Barnett, North American Hockey League (NA3HL), Director of Player Development College Hockey, Inc. – Kyle Lawson Concussion & Safety – Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth AGENDA Introduction to the evening Opening Remarks The “lay of the land” in Junior and College Hockey The Junior Hockey Option Tier II and Tier III Junior Hockey Tier I Junior Hockey – the United States Hockey League College Hockey NCAA and ACHA Hockey Opportunities Concussion Awareness AHAI College and Junior Hockey Open House Closing remarks Mike Mullally AHAI Board of Directors • United States Hockey League Tier I • North American Hockey League Tier II Tier III • North American 3 Hockey Lge. • Pay to play Lay of the Land Junior Hockey – 3 flavors Tier I United States hockey League Non – pay to play – Best of the best Tier II North American Hockey League Non-pay to play – where the game changes Tier III – “pay to Play” hockey – many leagues and teams: East, West, North and South Varied skill levels based on location Maybe too many Junior teams? Lay of the Land Tier III – Pay to Play Juniors North American 3 Hockey League Atlantic Junior Hockey League Eastern Junior Hockey League Minnesota Junior Hockey League Northern Pacific Hockey League Western States hockey League Continental Hockey Association Empire Junior Hockey League Southeast Junior hockey League The Lay of the Land College hockey College Hockey College Hockey – 2 Flavors NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association the “big time” Division I and Division III Scholarship money? – not always… ACHA – American Collegiate Hockey Association Officially, college club hockey 3 Levels – Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 414 Official ACHA hockey clubs Doug Christiansen Junior Tier I The United State Hockey League Craig Barnett Junior Hockey Tier II North American Hockey League (NAHL) Junior Tier III North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Kyle Lawson NCAA College Hockey ACHA College Hockey Elizabeth M. Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP Board Certified Neuropsychologist Associate Director, Sports Concussion Program NorthShore University HealthSystem AHAI College Night Mike Mullally AHAI Board of Directors So… now what? If your objective is to go to College and play hockey… Education - College Degree Social Experience Stability of College Athletics Life long friendships…Network The Best Financial Deal in College Education Play some Junior Hockey and attend your Community College 2 Years of Community College 2 Years at the Illinois university of your choice = Full degree at the Illinois University of your choice. Is Junior Hockey for you? Advantages of playing…. Older and more desirable to any college coach Continued hockey skill development Personal Growth and maturation Stay in Illinois – or “go away” to play Junior Hockey So… now what? College…… This year ACHA has expanded to 414 schools There is a school and a hockey program for almost everyone NCAA Schools – if you are good enough to play at the NCAA level – no one will lose you in the crowd. Academics….. Not much more to say! …be SERIOUS about school and have FUN with your Hockey! REFERENCES www.nhl.com www.ncaa.org www.usahockey.com www.achahockey.org www.collegehockey.com www.prephockey.org Jim Johannson – USAH Assistant Executive Director Hockey Operations Opportunities in Hockey Questions ?? www.AHAI.org THANK YOU & GOOD LUCK!