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Hockey Camps, Combines, and Tournaments

When it comes to ice hockey, hockey camps and tournaments are important. Attending college hockey camps and tournaments increases visibility and exposure for potential college hockey players while helping them develop their skills. You may be wondering, how do I find hockey camps near me? NCSA has compiled a list of hockey camps across the country. Use the list below to find a hockey camp near you or get answers to top questions about men’s hockey camps.

Find hockey camps near you

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IMG Academy
Calendar icon Jan 1, 2024 Dec 31, 2024
Bradenton, FL
Ages / Grade Level: 12yr – 18yr
University of New England
Calendar icon Jul 8, 2024 Aug 2, 2024
Biddeford, ME
Division: NCAA D3
Dartmouth College
Calendar icon Jul 18, 2024 Jul 20, 2024
Hanover, NH
Ages / Grade Level: 10th – 12th
Division: NCAA D1
NCD Camps
Calendar icon Jul 22, 2024 Jul 24, 2024
Marlborough, MA
Lake Superior State University
Calendar icon Jul 22, 2024 Jul 24, 2024
Sault Ste Marie, MI
Ages / Grade Level: 9yr – 14yr
Division: NCAA D1

FAQs about men’s hockey camps

Choosing the right hockey camp

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Not sure how to choose hockey camps that are right for a recruit? First, think critically about your skill level. You’ll benefit more from camps where you’re skating with other student-athletes who are at the same level.

At college hockey camps, established college coaches will be on the ice and interact with players, where they can see your work ethic and what kind of player you are. Whether it’s your explosive skating or getting the puck to the net, coaches will evaluate high school hockey players at the camp.

Hockey combines put men’s college hockey hopefuls through tests of their physical fitness on and off the ice. Many hockey combines will host the same college hockey coaches who would be seeing players at large tournaments, so it’s important to maintain communication with college coaches about when and where you’ll be attending a camp or hockey combine.

Participating in the right camp can help you get noticed by college coaches as you work toward becoming a well-developed athlete ready for college hockey. Consider attending junior hockey combines, NCAA college camps, the CCM showcase, global camps, national festivals and ACHA prospect camps for direct exposure to college coaches.

We hope this list will help you decide which camps are right for you. But as always, make sure you’ve done your due diligence by researching the camps and what they have to offer.

Are hockey camps worth it? 

Yes, general hockey camps are worth for athletes looking to improve their skillset and ultimately become a stronger player. Athletes who are looking for exposure and the opportunity to work directly with college coaches should consider attending hockey camps hosted on a college campus. Athletes should consult their list of target schools and research when those programs are offering camps. 

What are the best hockey camps? 

Looking for a hockey camps that will give you the edge on other recruits? Check out our list of the top 5 hockey camps: The RB Hockey School, Mav X Hockey, Pro Ambitions Hockey Defense Clinics, Versatile Hockey, 4D Hockey.

What is the difference between hockey camps, hockey clinics, and combines? 

Ice hockey clinics

Hockey recruits can enroll in clinics to improve their skillset under the guidance of experts. The main goal of a hockey clinic is to build confidence with drills, mock games and player tips. Clinics can be focused on general skill development or position-specific development. Hockey clinics typically run for a few hours or an entire day.

Ice hockey camps

Camps are similar to clinics, with the main difference being camps usually span a couple of days or a week. Recruits can attend local or travel hockey camps, some of which take place on a college campus under the leadership of the coaches that run the program at that school. Recruits can expect a focus on skill and technique development during drills and mock games under the guidance of college coaches and other experts. An added benefit of attending a college camp is the opportunity to explore the college campus. Global Hockey provides a list of camps and clinics.

Ice hockey combines & showcases

Hockey combines provide recruits with education, exposure and experience as they work to develop their talent and pursue a collegiate hockey career. College coaches across all three NCAA divisions attend hockey combines to evaluate and recruit talent. The CCM hockey showcase is a popular event for junior hockey and NCAA coaches to recruit. In addition to our list, you can also view men’s hockey events on the USA Hockey website.

How important are hockey tournaments?

If a recruit wants college coaches to watch them play in real time, they’ll need to attend hockey tournaments that coaches typically attend.

Selecting which hockey tournaments to attend is dependent on whether the recruit is an underclassmen or upperclassmen. If the recruit is an underclassman, they should attend local and regions tournaments that will give them competition experience and contribute to skill development. On the other hand, upperclassmen should explore travel tournaments that will take them across the country to regions where college coaches recruit talent. This is especially important for recruits that live outside of the Northeast and upper Midwest regions, where the majority of college hockey programs are located.

What is a hockey showcase? 

Hockey showcases are recruiting opportunities for college coaches and hopeful college recruits. During a showcase, athletes will take to the ice to demonstrate their skillset while coaches sit in the stands and observe. Coaches use these events to identify athletes that might fit their recruiting needs. Athletes and their families will also have access to sessions on the recruiting process and meet and greet opportunities with coaches. 

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