Men's Hockey Recruiting Timeline

You can show coaches the same grit and determination on the ice in the recruitment process. It starts with learning about the programs, building the relationships with coaches and joining highly competitive teams. Sending in letters, persistence, making the visits and exposing your skills will get you to the right hockey program.


Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools; consider both athletics and academics
  • Film highlights tape
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Go on unofficial visits to colleges
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, send letters and emails
  • Attend camps with the goals of honing your skills and to gain exposure  

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • High-level players should be playing on an AAA team/high-profile prep team/junior level-USHL
  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and on the field
  • Standouts are proactive; it’s never too early for YOU to write a letter or make a call to coaches
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until sophomore year, but YOU can contact them any time
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at any time
  • Important: be familiar with the school both athletically and academically


Sophomore Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Get an evaluation of your skills tape
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Narrow your list to top schools
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters, emails
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Schedule unofficial visits

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Recruits can get calls and letters from DI coaches January 1 of sophomore year


Junior Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schools
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • DI and DII programs will start to put offers on the table for top recruits
  • DI coaches can start calling twice per week starting August 1 and off-campus contact on or after September 16
  • DII coaches can write, call, text, and visit off campus or after June 15 of their sophomore year
  • DIII coaches can see or talk to you off campus after your junior year


Senior Year

  • Make official visits – only allowed 5; unofficial visits are unlimited
  • Narrow your top list of schools
  • Keep communicating with coaches
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply for financial aid- starting October 1 
  • Sign and commit to a school and program (DI/DII –early signing second week in November, regular starts in August)
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime 
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