We also place student-athletes in the following sports:
In North America, when you talk about hockey, people assume you mean ice hockey. Hockey is most popular in northwestern and upper Midwestern states with cold, winter climates but is gaining in popularity even in warmer states. The US boasts now more youth hockey players than even Canada!
High schools located primarily in cold weather states offer Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. Prep schools also offer hockey as part of their sports program.
While there are not many junior colleges that offer hockey programs, those that do compete at NJCAA Division 1 level and play against other JuCo teams, as well as certain intramural college teams and local club teams.
138 colleges and universities offer competitive men’s hockey programs. There are 60 Division 1 hockey schools, competing in 6 different conferences. Division 2 schools compete in 1 conference, while Division 3 schools compete in 10 different conferences. College-level hockey is an important feeder for the NHL, providing many players to professional teams.
Women’s teams (only offered at Division 1 and 3 competition level) are offered at a total of 93 different colleges and universities.
In the US there are 620 college varsity men’s and women’s ice hockey teams.