Best college hockey programs to become a professional athlete?
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Which colleges have highly ranked hockey programs?
Where have current professional hockey players gone to college for hockey?
If you played hockey in college, where did you attend and what did you think of the program?
What schools offer scholarships for hockey players?
It really does not matter what college you attend or what program in which you participate. The important thing is for you to strive to excel. As you become more proficient in your sport, you will be found - no matter where you are - at a time when you least expect it to happen. Scouts are everywhere.
The two most important things that you need to consider when thinking about becoming a professional athlete are:
- Learning about financial planning. Too many athletes acquire vast sums of money, which they are not prepared to manage and end up at the end of their career with nothing.
- Planning for an alternate career is very important. You need to prepare for an alternate career, as professional sports careers tend to end too often prematurely, and you will need another way to provide income.
The following will address the second issue.
Ken recommends the following next steps:
I think it's more important to find a college that is the right fit for you, as a student and as an athlete. Depending on the level you desire to play, there can be financial implications. For example DIII only offers Financial Aid, whereas DI offers athletic scholarships.
For a student, you want to find the right fit, big State school, smaller private school, programs offered and graduation rate. It's important for student athletes to focus on life after college.
For the athlete side you want to research the program as well. What role do you want to play, will you be an impact player right away, or will you be in and out of the lineup. What conference are they in - how much travel do they do? (this could impact your studies)
Life after 4 years of college hockey is most important, whether that's finding a full time job or finding a pro team to play for.