The NCAA Division 1 is the highest level of college hockey. There are 58 teams and this will be expanding over the next few years. Penn State will be joining in the 2012-2013 season. You will be very familiar with the teams of the NCAA Division 1 Schools . You hear about them almost every night in the Hi-lights of the NHL games when some former NCAA player like Jonathon Toews or Matt Moulson notches a goal or gets an assist or Boston College made it to the Frozen Four.
Division 1 teams are highly scouted by the NHL. As each year goes by, you see more and more NCAA players signing NHL contracts. There are currently 282 former NCAA players in the NHL including such greats as Mike Cammalleri, Jonathon Toews, Matt Moulson, and recent signings Tyler Brenner of RIT , Joe Sova of Alaska Nanooks, and Jake Gardiner of the Wisconsin Badgers.
It is extremely difficult to make it to a D1 team. There are approx 350,000 players in Can and US from Bantam and up, only 0.44% will play Div 1. 67% of these players are from the US, 31% are from Canada and 2% are from other countries. The major sources for players were from Ontario, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. You will be competing against players from Midget AAA, Prep School, high school and Junior hockey for a limited number of spots that are available each year.
Coaches from NCAA division 1 schools will scout players as early as their 9th grade year. Players will be followed by NCAA coaches to see progress and development in to junior hockey up until their eligibility to play junior runs out during their 20 year old year.
There are approximately 25-28 players on each team. Teams will dress four lines, three sets of D and three goalies for each game. Even though you have dressed for the game, you may not receive a great deal of ice time. The first and second lines receive the bulk of the ice time and special teams are next. The remaining players do not necessarily travel with the team for road games.
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