The international influence in US collegiate ice-hockey has grown steadily over the last few years and currently 26% of all college hockey players come from outside of the United State.
In total there are 163 men’s and 103 women’s hockey programs, with most of them being in the northern and north-eastern states of the USA.
In those regions, the popularity of college hockey is way bigger than anything that hockey fans from around the world are used to in their countries. While some hockey powerhouses such as the University of North Dakota, University of Wisconsin, or the University of Minnesota average around 10,000 spectators per game, the all-time attendance record was broken in 2010 when over 104,000 people were in attendance at Michigan Stadium for the rivalry game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State.
You do not have to be the right size and weight but being undersized makes the process more challenging.
Not all colleges that are eligible to offer scholarships will choose to do so. For example, Ivy League schools choose not to offer athletic scholarships.
Hockey is an equivalency sport, which means all scholarships are not full scholarships. For example, in NCAA Division I, hockey coaches can divide the value of the 18 scholarships available to them between as many players as they see fit.