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Recruiting In Full Swing Part III

Nat’l Team Staff/Schedules

Sifters


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Recruiting In Full Swing Part III

August 1 visits begin… The 1st of August represents another key date on the D-I recruiting calendar. This is when coaches are allowed to begin face-to-face ON or OFF campus contact. Programs can invite recruits to visit campus for official or unofficial visits. Needless to say, it’s a busy time for coaches no matter what division you’re in. Many D-III schools have similar start dates etc. but they have more stringent rules as to when they can start on the ice with their teams. Which allows them more time to recruit and take care of visits in the early part of the year before their seasons really ramp up.

We mentioned in our last post, recruits wanting to visit to campus is becoming a ‘must’ before making their commitment to a school. Which is nice to hear. One, it means the rules put into place May of 2019 to slow the process down – is working. Two, the visit is a vital part of one’s recruiting experience. It’s a great way to judge and get a feel for what the physical environment will be like. You get to smell the smells, kick-the-tires so to speak. Seeing the classroom spaces, dorms, dinning halls, the rink, athletic facilities, the area around campus, etc. is hugely beneficial.

Here are a few thoughts on visits.

  • The type of visit you have, whether ‘official’ or ‘unofficial’ should not really matter. What should, is the kind experience you want to have.
  • Know what you want out of your visit experience. Do you want to see what campus is like when students are in session? Do you want to see the team practice or play? Do you want to eat in the dinning hall, sit in on a class, talk to players on the team, see other facilities? Be sure to communicate what kid of experience you want out of your visit. An easy way to do that, is ask the coach what’s in store for the visit.
  • Know that coaches usually have a priority list of recruits with whom they want to invite on a visit and by a certain date. If you’re talking with a school and the topic of a visit hasn’t come up yet, ask how the program handles deciding on who visits, when they can happen, and what the potential of having one for yourself is.
  • Most all visits, official or unofficial are offered by the coaching staff… don’t assume you’re automatically going to be offered a visit just because you’ve had a phone call or two. Official visits involve money being spent by the program – money that is not yours to spend. If the topic of visits come up, clarify what is being offered and ask the coach to go over how the visit would work.
  • Know that you can’t take more than 5 official visits – 1 per school – at the D-I level. Be prepared to explain how you are going to decide which schools you want to visit. Bottom line, have a plan and be willing to share your logic.

Oh – and one more thing. Try to avoid the unannounced drop-in visit. Coaches have a ton going on and may not be on campus or have their day already schedule an unable to meet. Best to always communicate and plan ahead!

A Busy August & September… The summer is coming to an end believe it or not. And coaching staffs are busy prepping for the start of their season. For some, that comes in as little as 3.5 weeks. Y-I-K-E-S! I know, right? Crazy to think the college hockey season is starting that soon – but for many programs, they’ll be on the ice as a team before August is over with. Orientation for freshmen at some schools begins as early as the Aug. 19-21 weekend with classes starting on the 22nd. On the other end of the spectrum some schools won’t start classes until after labor day or later–as late as Sept. 12th. NCAA rules allow D-I coaches to begin a limited number of hours on-ice with their teams once classes begin at their institution.

August and September are jammed back with coaches hitting the recruiting trail. And there are no shortage of events to attend. Here’s our list of major recruiting events you can expect D-I coaches to be at.

DateEventLocation
July 27-28PIP Boston Harbor StyleBedford, MA
July 29-31E.C Wizards Summer ShowcaseBedford, MA
July 29-31Beantown Classic
Birth Years ’07-’12
Marlborough, MA
& Surrounding Area
August 2-12Hockey Canada U18 Selection CampCalgary, AB – WinSport
August 4-7Premier Ice Prospects
702 Showcase Vegas Styl
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Las Vegas, NV
August 8-12USA Hockey National Festival – U18Buffalo, NY – Harborcenter
August 11-14Premier Ice Prospects
615 Showcase Music City Styl
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Nashville, TN
August 14-18SnipeCity ShowcaseOshawa, ON
August 17-20USA vs. CAN 3-Game SeriesCalgary, AB – WinSport
August 19-21Premier Ice Prospects
Niagara Falls Prospect Cam
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Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
August 26 – Sept 4IIHF Senior World ChampionshipsDenmark
Sept 2-4NAHA Labor DayWellesley, MA
Sept 2-4PIP Labor Day ShowcasePittsburgh, PA
Sept 9-11Stoney Creek U18AA ShowcaseHamilton, ON
Sept 9-11**MN HS Elite LeagueBlaine, MN
Sept 16-18Stoney Creek U22/U19 Elite SHCSEHamilton, ON
Sept 16-18Calgary Firestarter U18AAACalgary, AB
Sept 16-18**MN HS Elite LeagueBlaine, MN
Sept 23-25**MN HS Elite LeagueBlaine, MN
Sept 23-25Stoney Creek U15AA SHowcaseHamilton, ON
** = MN HS Elite League schedule dates not confirmed as of 7-27-22

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USA/Canada Select Camp Info

NCAA Connections

Both the US and Canada announced their respective national team camp coaching staffs. Many NCAA ties on both sides. Team USA has 15 current NCAA Head, Associate/Assistant Coaches while representing both D-I and D-III institutions. Hockey Canada has 9 NCAA Head or Associate/Assistant coaches at their selection camps. 4 head coaches from the ECAC alone. You can see the complete camp schedules, staff lists, and US rosters below. Canada has not announced its player attendee rosters yet. The US and Canada will play a 3-game series in Calgary Aug. 17-20. Games will most likely be streamed as they have been in the passed. We’ll provide streaming info as soon as we have it.

Schedule – USA Hockey Women’s National Festival U18 & Over 18 Age Groups

Roster – USA Hockey Women’s National Festival U18 & Over 18

Schedule – Hockey Canada Women’s National Team

Schedule – Hockey Canada National Women’s Development Team

Schedule – Hockey Canada National Women’s U18 Team

Team USA Staff, USA Hockey Women’s Festival – Buffalo, NY

POSITIONNAME
Director, Women’s National Team ProgramKatie Million
ADM Manager, Female HockeyKristen Wright
Hockey Operations & Event Manager, Women’s National TeamNick Bryant
U.S. Women’s National Team Head CoachJohn Wroblewski
U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant CoachJosh Sciba
U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant CoachShelley Looney
U.S. Women’s National Team Goalie CoachAlli Altman
U22 Head CoachAllison Coomey 
U22 Assistant CoachLee-J Mirasolo
U22 Assistant CoachShari Dickerman
U22 Goalie CoachMackenzie Bruch
U18 Head CoachKatie Lachapelle
U18 Assistant CoachLindsay Berman
U18 Assistant CoachLiz Keady Norton
U18 Goalie CoachSanya Sandahl
Hockey OperationsJess Scott
Hockey OperationsEmily Ach
Hockey OperationsHeather Mannix
Hockey OperationsAnna Van Huerke
ScoutJeff Giesen
Camp CoachBrent Hill
Camp CoachDave Flint
Camp CoachKim Weiss
Camp CoachMolly Engstrom
Scout/Camp CoachHolley Tyng
Scout/Camp CoachWhitney Colbert
Strength & Conditioning Head CoachCal Dietz
Strength & Conditioning CoachAmy Hobday
Strength & Conditioning CoachBill DeLongis
Strength & Conditioning CoachTad Johnson
Strength & Conditioning CoachJessica Burlingame
Strength & Conditioning CoachKourtney Menches
PhysicianBrian Domby
PhysicianJamie Schlueter
PhysicianJohn Hatzenbuehler
PhysicianDanielle De Freitas
Athletic TrainerKatie Homan
Athletic TrainerTodd Lamoreaux
Athletic TrainerStef Arndt
Athletic TrainerAmanda Kelley
Athletic TrainerKarlie O’Reilly
Athletic TrainerAnnika Ferber
Athletic TrainerAmanda Myer
Athletic TrainerEmi Hartman
Athletic TrainerCarrie Gaydos
Massage TherapistDemarcus Long
Massage TherapistMeghan Shand
Massage TherapistSarah Martinez
NutritionistCarrie Aprik
NutritionistHanalyn Podgursk
NutritionistEmily Palmerton
NutritionistShannon Zaporski
Equipment ManagerBrent Proulx
Equipment ManagerSis Paulsen
Equipment ManagerEric Anastasi
Equipment ManagerDan McGrath
Equipment ManagerSkylar Klingfus
Equipment ManagerKaitlyn Scales
Video OperationsAdam Purner
Video OperationsAmanda Long
Video OperationsJustin Kakuska
CommunicationsMelissa Katz
Digital ContentTaylor Swierc

Hockey Canada National Women’s Team Selection Camp Staff Roster

Hockey Canada Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
President & Chief Executive OfficerScott SmithBathurst, N.B.Hockey Canada
Senior Vice-President, Hockey OperationsScott SalmondCreston, B.C.Hockey Canada
Director, Hockey OperationsGina KingsburyRouyn-Noranda, Que.Hockey Canada
Senior Manager, Player Development & ScoutingCherie PiperScarborough, Ont.Hockey Canada
ConsultantCassie Campbell-PascallBrampton, Ont.Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada National Women’s Team Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
Head CoachTroy RyanSpryfield, N.S.Hockey Canada
Assistant CoachKori CheverieNew Glasgow, N.S.Hockey Canada
Assistant CoachAli DomenicoOttawa, Ont.Providence College (HE)
Assistant CoachCaroline OuelletteMontreal, Que.Concordia University (RSEQ)
Goaltending ConsultantBrad KirkwoodCalgary, Alta.University of Calgary (CW)
Video CoachJames EmeryCalgary, Alta.Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning CoachVicki BendusWasaga Beach, Ont.Brock University (OUA)
Equipment ManagerBrittany SimpsonOttawa, Ont.Carleton University (OUA)
Equipment ManagerBlair SmookAirdrie, Alta.Hockey Canada
Team PhysicianDr. Kevin AsemLondon, Ont.Hockey Canada
TherapistChristine AtkinsFort Macleod, Alta.Hockey Canada
TherapistKaitlyn MaddiganLondon, Ont.Hockey Canada
Massage TherapistMeagan CowellLondon, Ont.Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey OperationsTania KennyToronto, Ont.Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey OperationsDylan RockwellCalgary, Alta.Hockey Canada
Media RelationsEsther MadziyaLethbridge, Alta.Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada Women’s Development Team Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
Head CoachKori CheverieNew Glasgow, N.S.Hockey Canada
Assistant CoachRachel FlanaganPontypool, Ont.University of Guelph (OUA)
Assistant CoachMarc-André CôtéMontreal, Que.University of Moncton (AUS)
Goaltending ConsultantPerry WilsonLaSalle, Ont.University of Windsor (OUA)
Video CoachRichard BueOttawa, Ont.Winnipeg (NHL)
Strength and Conditioning CoachShannon MacAulayCharlottetown, P.E.I.Hockey Canada
Equipment ManagerSydney AuthierWallaceburg, Ont.Ryerson University (OUA)
Massage TherapistVictoria McIntosh
Team PhysicianDr. Wanda MillardLondon, Ont.London (OHL)
Hockey Canada Camp Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
Assistant CoachMatt DesrosiersPort Colborne, Ont.Clarkson University (ECAC)
CoachGreg FargoKingston, Ont.Colgate University (ECAC)
CoachSarah HilworthVancouver, B.C.University of New Brunswick (AUS)
CoachChris MacKenzieNiagara Falls, Ont.University of Connecticut (HE)
CoachNoémie MarinActon Vale, Que.John Abbott College (CEGEP)
CoachCara MoreyHensall, Ont.Princeton University (ECAC)
CoachSteve O’RourkeSummerland, B.C.Prince George (WHL)
CoachStéphanie PoirierQue.University of Montreal (RSEQ)
CoachCassie TurnerCampbellford, Ont.Quinnipiac University (ECAC)
Goaltending ConsultantBrad FogalSharon, Ont.Hockey Canada
Goaltending ConsultantPaul GibsonSt. Thomas, Ont.Oshawa (OHL)
Goaltending ConsultantSheldon GoertzenSaskatoon, Sask.University of Saskatchewan (CW)
Video CoachChandler BiggarOshawa (OHL)
Video CoachJonathan MoranWindsor, Ont.Windsor (OHL)
Video CoachEthan O’Rourke  
Strength and Conditioning CoachEmmanuelle BlaisLaSalle, Que.Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning CoachAmanda Jones
Strength and Conditioning CoachJeremy SteinbachBinbrook, Ont.CSI Atlantic
Skills CoachMike EllisBurlington, Ont.Tampa Bay (NHL)
Skills CoachMark EllisSt. Thomas, Ont.Hockey Canada
Skills CoachDave CameronKinkora, P.E.I.Ottawa (OHL)
Massage TherapistHolly ZitaOttawa, Ont.Hockey Canada
TherapistTricia McBrideVancouver, B.C.Hockey Canada
Team SupportKaterine Aubry-HébertBoucherville, Que.Hockey Québec
Team SupportJocelyn DavidsonDelburne, Alta.Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada Women’s National U18 Team Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
President & Chief Executive OfficerScott SmithBathurst, N.B.Hockey Canada
Senior Vice-President, Hockey OperationsScott SalmondCreston, B.C.Hockey Canada
Director, Hockey OperationsGina KingsburyRouyn-Noranda, Que.Hockey Canada
Senior Manager, Player Development & ScoutingCherie PiperScarborough, Ont.Hockey Canada
Head CoachCourtney Birchard-KesselMississauga, Ont.Princeton University (ECAC)
Assistant CoachStefanie McKeoughCarlsbad Springs, Ont.University of Ottawa (OUA)
Assistant CoachTara WatchornNewcastle, Ont.Stonehill College (NEWHA)
Goaltending CoachGord WoodhallWinnipeg, Ont.Winnipeg (MFHL)
Video CoachStef ThomsonOshawa, Ont.Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning CoachNick WestcottKanata, Ont.Carleton University (OUA)
Equipment ManagerMike MatthiesPrince George, B.C.Prince George (WHL)
TherapistKaryn FanstoneOakbank, Man.Brooks (AJHL)
Team PhysicianDr. Jen HackingWinnipeg, Man.Hockey Canada
Mental Performance ConsultantJackson SlauenwhiteCharlottetown, P.E.I.Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey Operations   
Coordinator, Hockey OperationsSavannah NewtonMiddle Sackville, N.S.Hockey Canada
Media Relations

Hockey Canada Women’s National U18 Camp Staff

Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
CoachGabriel Boudreau Quebec Blizzard (U15 AAA)
CoachTeresa HutchinsonMississauga, Ont.York University (OUA)
CoachEdith RacineSt. Albert, Ont.Cornell University (ECAC)
CoachDean SeymourSaskatoon, Sask.Hockey Canada
Goaltending ConsultantKatie GreenwayGuelph, Ont.Hockey Canada
Video CoachMatthew Smith  
Equipment ManagerA.J. MurleySt. John’s, N.L.Hockey Canada
TherapistDanielle McNallyWolfville, N.S.Hockey Canada
Team SupportNataliia KlimenovaCalgary, Alta.Hockey Canada

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Sifters

Little tidbits from around the world of women’s hockey

  • Our Coaching Changes Tracker has been updated which you can find HERE. Princeton has a position open in operations/video. Stonehill has hired another assistant coach – former Wisconsin Badger Lauren Williams who spent time coaching at Becker College. Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT will add a Varsity Women’s program beginning in ’23-’24. Albertus is a D-3 school. A national search for a Head Coach is underway.
  • Chris Dilks for SB Nation College Hockey reported yesterday SUNY-Binghamton is doing a study to add men’s hockey. You can read the article HERE. Binghamton is already a D-I school athletically, but that’s not what caught my eye. What did was Dilks’ quote and comment on rumors of Utica University perhaps making the jump to D-I. “The timing also feels right for a smaller eastern school like Binghamton to add a program. Between new additions of independent programs like Long Island and Stonehill, as well as a rumored move to Division I for Utica College… Click the link and it will take you to a story from back in March when the question of what’s next for Utica hockey came up in an article in the Daily Sentinel The infrastructure is already in place with Utica as there is both women’s and men’s hockey… and a rabid fan-base. We’ll pass any news we hear along the way.
  • Full announcement from the most recent NCAA’s Transformation Committee can be found HERE. Interestingly if approved, student-athletes will be allowed to transfer more than once and still be eligible. Certain sports will become the wild, wild west. Schools accepting transfers will be on the hook to fund financial-aid for student-athletes until they finish their degree or 5th year – whichever comes first.
  • The International Quebec Pee Wee Tournament in Quebec City will for the first time, host a Girls division. Girls teams have participated, but there has never been a separate girls division. You can find the tournament application HERE. Teams have until October 2022 to get their applications submitted.
  • Additional news out of Quebec as reported by CBC, “This week, the CEGEP de Saint-Laurent confirmed it’s suspending its women’s program temporarily, citing problems recruiting players and coaches.” Not good news for women’s hockey in Quebec.

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Until Next Time… Enjoy & Happy Reading!


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Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

Post #73 – 7/21/22 – Recruiting In Full Swing – Part II, USA Hockey Nat’l Dev. Camp Review, Grad Transfer Stats, Sifters


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Recruiting In Full Swing Part – II

Today we analyze what appears to be a changing landscape around college recruiting and the showcase/tournament style events coaches attend. Showcase, tournament, and camp/clinic event owner / operators could be facing big hurdles in the future as conditions within D-I recruiting, travel, and the NCAA – change.

Recruiting Event Landscape Changing

There has been quite a bit of talk this summer amongst D-I coaches regarding the lack of real high-end talent and just even a good concentration of talent at events compared to prior years. One reason, there are more showcases, tournaments, and camps than ever. There are way more event operators in the showcase/tournament/camp/clinic space than ever before. Second, beyond what USA Hockey and Hockey Canada offer as part of their Nat’l Dev. Camps or High Performance initiatives, there is only so much talent to go around and only so many weeks to schedule events. We can think of weekend in June but prior to the June 15th call date where there were 4 and 5 major events goin on in the same weekend. Only a few showcase event operators continually attract potential D-I quality talent. We don’t track event rosters and where those participants end up playing college hockey D-I or D-III, but it sure would be interesting to see. For D-III coaches, its a much different story. The environment is great for D-III programs from a talent prospective. D-III staffs do have the same problem D-I coaches have – not enough staff and or $ in the recruiting budget to get to everything they’d like to. The number of players within the competitive player pool, as we call it, has increased. Travel costs have also increased significantly.

We’re probably seeing the D-I recruiting summer landscape change right before our eyes. Coaches want to go where the talent is, especially in the summer months as recruiting is far more targeted now than it used to be. Rosters for showcase/camp style events are extremely hard to come by. Tournaments, not so much. And yes, we know it’s a chicken and egg type of situation. Event/showcase operators need to promote coaches in their marketing materials so players will sign up. But, recruiting dollars aren’t unlimited. With as expensive as travel has become, programs will probably be very careful where they put their dollars to work. Coaches usually go to events for two reason either A) Identify new prospects or B) Evaluate prospects on their recruiting list–hopefully vs. excellent talent.

The takeaway is this, with an overall talent pool spread thin having to choose between multiple events, travels costs not expected to go down anytime soon, and a lot of events scheduled on the same week/weekends, D-I coaches are probably going to get more choosey with where they go in the future, especially in the summer months. And what could make matters worse, are potential looming changes to the women’s ice hockey recruiting calendar from the NCAA Transformation Committee which could drastically cut down the number of days coaches can be off campus to evaluate players.

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NCAA Transformation Coming

Recruiting as we know it, is going to look and feel drastically different sooner than later due to upcoming changes from the NCAA Transformation Committee. How soon no one really knows. But why… is bigger more complicated question.

If you follow news about the NCAA then the NCAA Transformation Committee (‘NCAA TC’ for short) should be a group you are aware of. If you don’t, you need to, because college athletics is about to get real interesting. Unlimited scholarships for teams, players getting paid, flexible transfer rules, squad size limits, are all a very real possibility.

So who and what is this NCAA Transformation Committee and why does it exist?

The NCAA hasn’t had a real good track record with its own athletes or in the court system, or with public opinion. It has an image problem. NCAA athletes largely have been uncompensated employees while the NCAA, athletic departments, and high profile sport coaches have reaped billions, all on the backs of their own athletes’ efforts. The dollar amounts are staggering. Lawyers and the athletes realized they were being taken advantage of. Lawsuits followed, as did congressional hearings in Washington. And after a few social media posts from the 2020 NCAA D-I Women’s Basketball Tournament, the disparity in financial support the NCAA doesn’t give to it’s female sport counterparts became a tipping point. A third-party gender equity law-firm review was conducted and voila – you have an organization in real trouble with egg on its face and unless something drastic gets done, the lawsuits keep coming.

To right-the-ship, the NCAA put together a group of 21 people charged with changing how the NCAA operates, what it oversees, and what decisions it gets to make, and thus – the NCAA TC was born. The real plan for the NCAA seems to be figuring out how to transfer power, not get sued, and limit risk while improving its public image.

The NCAA TC is slowly tipping its hand at what will change and how things will be different. The full extent is not known quite yet, but here are some examples of what this group has already committed to changing.

  • Set membership standards for each Division — I, II, and III. You want to compete at the D-I level, then your athletic department will have to abide by having a certain level of services and resources. What those are exactly isn’t known. Perhaps its in the area of providing adequate mental health professionals, diet/nutrition specialists, academic support services and the like. What the NCAA won’t decide, is how much money schools or sport programs have to spend in certain areas… like scholarships, etc.
  • Do away with scholarship limits. Example… hockey has a limit of 18 full scholarships. The NCAA wants to do away with those limits and open it up to allow schools the freedom to spend as they wish.
  • Squad Size Limits… the NCAA would dictate how large rosters could be. As an example, D-I hockey teams may be limited to having no more than a certain number of players on a roster.
  • Do away with coaching staff limitations… The NCA would not mandate how many or how few coaches could be employed full-time to work with a team. Now, D-I Hockey has a limit of 3 full-time coaches + 1 volunteer… that could go away and you could have any number of coaches on staff. The number of coaches who could be in a recruiting capacity would be very similar to what staffs have now however. In hockey, this amounts to programs adding compensated skills or power skating/goalie coaches. Whereas before, program could have only volunteer, the prospect of hockey programs having many coaches is real.
  • Recruiting calendars… This is the big one. Sports would have their own recruiting calendars with a pre-determined amount of weeks where no recruiting activities could take place. As an example, women’s hockey could have a period of up to 10 weeks per calendar year where no recruiting activities can take place… no player evaluations, no communication allowed with recruits, families, youth hockey/high school/club coaches… this is a complete evaluation and communication SHUTDOWN. D-I women’s hockey already has about 6 weeks where we can’t evaluate from the end of April (usually) until June 1. However, coaches can still communicate. Programs would have a certain number of ‘recruiting days’ to utilize per year to evaluate and potentially have NO limits on the number of evaluations or how often communication could take place. As an example, a D-I program may have 200 recruiting days to use as a staff combined between all coaches (not 200 per coach), and recruiting shut-downs would occur from say, around mid-April to mid-June (8 weeks), plus a week around the US July 4 holiday week and the week prior to Dec. 25… again – these dates are only used as examples for now.
  • Enforcement of rules and who handles that aspect of regulation will change too. It could be the conferences themselves more involved? Perhaps a 3rd party entity will be created? Much is not known on who will control enforcing the rules. But one thing we can infer is, you can’t make major rule/policy changes to say – recruiting – without sorting out how enforcement will work. So until that happens, don’t expect recruiting or scholarship rules to change yet.

The above list is just a smattering of what will actually may change and unfortunately, no one knows exactly when all these will occur. Who will be in charge of managing scholarships, financial aid, and who can spend what? It will be largely up to the conferences or at least we thing that is the direction the NCAA TC could go. May be certain institutions? What is going on is a complete shift in who has power. In college athletics, power is who controls money and people (athletes/coaches in this case) and the NCAA wants out of that business. They’d much rather transfer their risk to others willing to take it on. Conferences have too much $ on the line with TV contracts, apparel deals, etc. to not be the ones to take over for the NCAA in regulating the day-to-day of how college athletics operates.

As things become known, we’ll keep you as up to date as we can. For clear-cut definition and roster of who sits in The NCAA TC, click HERE.

Update as of 9pm EST July 20, 2022… The NCAA’s D-I Council announced its endorsement of several recommendations from the Transformation Committee, “… to better support student-athletes, improve efficiency and timeliness in the infractions process, and improve clarity in the transfer environment.”

The big takeaway from tonight’s announcement has to do with clarity in the Transfer Process... Specifically 1) The transfer window will be open for athletes to transfer more than once. Previously it was one-time. 2) Beginning the day after the NCAA D-I Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament field is announced (and for all other winter-sports), athletes have a 60-day window to notify their current institution in writing their wish to enter the transfer portal. Using this year as an example, the 60-day window would have began Monday March 7, 2022 and ended Thursday May 5th. 3) Schools accepting transfers will be REQUIRED to provide financial aid (athletic scholarships) through the completion of the athlete’s 5th year of eligibility or when their degree is granted – whichever comes first.

The D-I Council’s recommendations must be approved by the D-I Board of Governors next month to be adopted. You may read the NCAA’s official announcement from tonight HERE.

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USA Hockey Nat’l Dev Camp Observations

USA Hockey ends the busiest portion of its summer with the U18 Select Camp finishing up today. Yours truly attended the 15 Camp as well as the past 3 days of the U18 Select Camp. The only camp left to be held is the U18 final camp or 30 or so players usually, in early August to select the initial U18 World Championship roster. That team will then head to Calgary, Alberta for a 3-game series vs. Team Canada. Here are some observations…

  • Lots of D-I coaches on hand for the 15 Camp (’07/’08 birth yrs)… not as many for the U18 Select Camp. And certainly plenty on hand at the 16/17 camp (’06/’05 birth yrs).
  • USA Hockey made a change this year regarding 15 Camp attendees in that, no 15 Camp attendee would get selected for the the U18 Camp. Parents were not happy. The only way ’07’s were allowed to attend the U18 Camp was if they were selected to it in the first place. Where as 13 players from the 16/17 camp were selected to attend the U18 camp.
  • 15 Camp is probably too long, especially for goalies. Goalies attended a USA Hockey goalie camp before the main camp. 4-5 days total would be plenty. 6 nights and 7 days for players or 10 & 9 for goalies (8 and 7 for staff), is way too much. Less is more. Especially if no one from camp is going to be moving on to the Select 18’s.
  • Interesting numbers on penalties called at the U18 Select Camp. Too many?
Game ## of PenaltiesTotal # of Mins in GM% of GM on Special Teams
Game 14610.7%
Game 2121832.1%
Game 3121832.1%
Game 4142137.5%
Game 51116.529.4%
Game 6121832.1%
Game 7710.518%
Game 8913.524.1%

*Warning, personal opinion based rant… One final thought from an NCAA coaches perspective…

Everything that goes on at these types of camps matters. You can add in all the Canadian provincial and Hockey Canada camps as well. These camps become extremely important to NCAA D-I coaches. And what better eval do you want as a coach then to watch players in a best-on-best format? It’s great hockey to watch and we as coaches are thankful USA Hockey / Hockey Canada and the Canadian provinces put these events on. However…

Sometimes it appears the ‘importance’ of these event for college coaches gets lost in the mix. Let’s face it, NCAA coaches come to these events and leave making six-figure type decisions that will impact lives and livelihoods based on what they saw at these events. For decades now, NCAA programs have helped produce Team USA and Hockey Canada’s olympic and World Championship rosters. There is a lot at stake. The money alone that gets decided on out of these events is a lot. I’d be willing to bet in the U18 select camp alone, when all the college commitments and scholarship/financial aid offers get made, there was close to $12 million dollars on the ice this week. Not to mention what the 16/17 camp was worth. Heck, if every D-I scholarship or financial aid offer was an average of $40K per year, D-I alone commands about $40 million a year with 42 teams.

Camps are a ton of work, and you can’t make everyone happy. But when 5 on 5 play is only close to 70% or less of game play or a goalie session gets cancelled on the last day of camp and no one outside of USA Hockey knows about it, or roster info doesn’t get distributed until a certain point in an event… lack of those things matters. If the NCAA ever deregulates camps/clinics rules to allow coaches to hold invite only events, perhaps NCAA coaches will band together and organize their own best-on-best events themselves. But until then, with all that money & opportunity on the line, it would be nice to see a different thought process where everything matters.

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21-22 Graduate Transfer Data

Last December, our Pipeline Blog Post had grad transfer data… rosters by team of graduate transfer players and statistics through the end of November. You can check it out here. Now that the season has ended, here is the the data for the 21-22 season which you can find HERE.

In all, 80 grad transfer players found their way on to D-I rosters this year. In a typical year, that’s about 1/3 of a incoming recruiting class across D-I. That means, 80 incoming freshman may not have had a spot. In addition to the 80 – 5th year grad transfers, who have now exhausted their NCAA eligibility, there are 200 or so Seniors graduating. That means the pool of next year 5th year grad transfers will come from this pool… but it won’t be all 200. 1) Seniors from Post, St. Mike’s, St. Anselms, RPI, Union, and all 6 Ivy League schools were not eligible for a 5th year. Players needed to be on a college hockey roster in 20-21 in order to get a ‘COVID 5th year’ from the NCAA.

In all, it looks like the grad transfer players were pretty productive with 18.5 points per player. 7.13 goals and 11.36 assists per player. Goalies averaged a save % of .926, GAA of 2.10, and 11.1 wins.

Sifters

Little tidbits from around the world of women’s hockey

  • USA Hockey Moving On??? With the end of USA Hockey’s Nat’l Dev. Summer Camps in St. Cloud… we’re hearing rumblings it may indeed be the actual end of camps for USA Hockey in St. Cloud. Rumor is bids are being taken or will be, to host future camps. St. Cloud offered a nice combo of 2 sheets of ice, dorms, dining halls, and all the other services USA Hockey likes/needed to run its operation. No word on possible locations. That said, Lake Placid please???
  • Best-of-Three In CHA… College Hockey America is changing its post-season playoff format to include the top four team in a 1v4 and 2v3 – best two-out-of-three format hosted by the high seed. Semi-final winners will move on to play a 1-game CHA Championship Game hosted by the highest remaining seed.
  • ECAC Hires New Associate Commissioner… Nick Sczerbinski has been named new ECAC Associate Commissioner announced by the league office. Sczerbinski is no stranger to the ECAC having graduated from and worked in the athletic department at Quinnipiac University where he was associate athletic director for athletic communications. You can read more on his hiring HERE.
  • WCHA Hires Interim Commissioner… With Jennifer Flowers departing the WCHA to take an Athletic Director position at Southwest Minnesota State University, the WCHA announced on July 5th former Bemidji State Athletic Director Tracy Dill, has been hired by the league on an interim basis and will begin his duties August 1. In its press release, the WCHA sighted the NCAA’s uncertainty with de-regulation and what the role of a commissioner or conference may be in the near future. You can read more on his hiring HERE. Rob DeGregorio, commissioner of the CHA and NEWHA will also step down as of the end of this coming season. The D-I landscape of commissioners will look very different at the end of next season.
  • NCAA D-III Passes Legislation… Recently passed legislation at D-III will impact women’s ice hockey for the coming season. The biggest of which is the D-III National Championship Tournament will now be at 11 teams, up 1, from 10. You can read the NCAA’s official announcement HERE. Now the D-I and D-III national championships will have the same amount of teams – 11.

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Until Next Time… Enjoy & Happy Reading!


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Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.