The NCAA has conducted national championships for men’s ice-hockey since 1948, and women’s ice-hockey since 2001. Men’s college ice-hockey is a feeder system to the National Hockey League (NHL). As of the 2010-11 season, 30% of all NHL player had competed at an American college or university prior to turning professional.
On the men’s side, there are 138 university ice-hockey programs within the NCAA three divisions. For the women, 86 colleges and universities provide ice-hockey scholarship over two divisions: National Collegiate and Division III.
Over the years, attendances at American collegiate ice-hockey games have seen a significant increase. A record 104,173 fans watched the University of Michigan vs Michigan State University during their match on December 11th, 2010
An ice-hockey scholarship can cover many, sometimes all, of the costs associated with earning a university degree. In return, the student-athlete will represent the university in their respective sport and maintain a good level of academic performance.
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