Hockey, Ice

Are YOU prepared to stand on your head to make a play?

sometimes you have to stand on your head to make a play

Okay, Morrow wasn’t actually standing on his head to make this play. As you see in the sequence below, he had just been wrecked by Bergeron (2003 NHL playoffs).
Bergeron hip checked Morrow

Yes this is a Web site about REAL hockey (ice; not roller, not inline, not table, not bubble, or field hockey).

On NHL Hockey Ice

So you think you’d like to skate on the NHL hockey ice?
Well, there are many ways to get to skate on NHL ice these days. NHL franchised hockey teams have many different promotions to facilitate your use of their ice. Playing professional hockey on NHL ice is a different story.

Play Pro Hockey – NHL Entry Draft

How does one get to play pro hockey, specifically nhl hockey? To be recruited to the NHL entry draft, NHL prospects are watched and chosen from the CHL (ohl, whl, qmjhl); Europe; junior hockey leagues; college hockey leagues from NCAA hockey; highschool and minor hockey; CJHL, USHL, and NAHL. Those players who attract the attention of NHL scouts have extensive hockey training from numerous hockey drills and hours on and off ice. They’ve attended hockey camps and hockey schools, and have superior hockey skills. Some will have to prove themselves in the AHL or other minor pro hockey leagues like the ECHL first.

Ice Hockey Goals
If your goal is to play ice hockey on an NHL team, then it’s likely that you’ve already put in some effort, and hockey teams may want you too. Their scouts have to find you though.

Do you know which are the best hockey leagues to play in to be scouted?

To Be A Pro Hockey Player
Not everyone can be a pro hockey player. Imagine the love of the ice hockey game, the dedication to hockey training, the number of ice hockey games you’d have to play. What would it take for you to play at the pro hockey level, NHL, AHL, or even the major junior hockey or junior A level? A lot! Read pages and comments in this Web site. Ask us your question(s). Get involved and take control of your own hockey career. Nobody else can do it for you.

NHL Hockey Ice will cover how to learn hockey so you can get to the NHL, common steps taken to get there, who is likely to get on a NHL ice hockey team, and what it’s like to play team hockey at that level, or any other high level of hockey.

League Hockey forthcoming articles

  • AAA Hockey team
  • Junior Hockey Tryouts
  • College Hockey (NCAA Hockey)
    • USCHO Hockey
      • Atlantic Hockey
      • CCHA
      • CHA
      • ECAC
      • Hockey East
      • WCHA
  • Junior A Minor Hockey
    • CJHL
    • NAHL
    • USHL
  • Major Junior Hockey CHL
    • OHL
    • WHL
    • QMJHL
  • UK Elite
  • ECHL
  • AHL
  • NHL

Hockey Training forthcoming articles

How To Learn Hockey
Hockey Camps
Hockey Skills
Ice Hockey Drills
Ice Hockey School
Private Hockey Lessons Plans

NHL Hockey forthcoming articles

Your First NHL Hockey Game

Pro Hockey Life forthcoming articles

What it’s like to live the professional hockey life or that of an NHL star.


  1. Jake says

    Hi coach. I started roller hockey when I was 7 years old.. I have racked up points on the scoresheet. I am a forward specifically a center and am currently 12 years old. I switched over to ice at 11 years old and am doing great. I am currently in an Inhouse league playing peewee. Out of all peewee players for the anaheim ducks in house players I currently rank number four in points and scoring. My mom is going to put me in travel hockey next year and my personal coach said I will easily make A hockey if not AA. I train every day to aspire to play AAA hockey. My coach played D1 college hockey in Boston and stresses the importance of academics. I have great grades. I want to play high school then college hockey and my parents support me. Do you have any suggestions or helpful advice for me to get where I want to go?

  2. Luke says

    Can you make it to the NHL from high school hockey? If you can can you tell me the route I would take, because AAA is too expensive. Or just tell me the best route i could take i would just like to play Major junior hockey some day if if I could NHL
    I’m 14 btw.

  3. hannan says

    hey coach, my name is hannan im 13 years old and im 5’0 yes im short but my doctor says after my growth spurt ill be around 6″2.. right now im in 8th grade playing highschool hockey, im going to join minor hockey next year and work to my best to make it to the nhl some day i was wondering if im too late because next year i turn 14 when i join a minor hockey league again. please reply!

  4. Mike says

    Hello, I’m Mike from Connecticut, I play Tier II Bantam Hockey, I’m a 2nd year, of the age 14. NHL players, coaches, are saying I should try AAA, and maybe even go to Canada, my friends and teammates say I have a chance to make the NHL, I feel like I can do it, but I don’t know if what I’m doing mentally and physicallys enough… 3 or 4 days of the week, I train, maybe with friends or teammates at school or home, and on the days I don’t I’m on the ice trying new things, and trying to improve my game. At school, I average a C+ (8th grade). A lot of highschools want me to play for them, and I’ll keep playing until I’m too old too hold a stick, but what I’ve been wondering, is what I’m doing enough? Thanks!

  5. Kristian says

    Hello Coach!!

    At first sorry for my english. Its not the best.

    Well, I will tell you my story, hopefully you can give me an adivce after….

    My name is Kristian.
    I started playing ice hockey when I was 8. I couldnt start earlier due to money. When i began, trainers were not giving me a chance, i didnt even know to stand up on the skates. I was just skating around the barrier. After a season, trainer told me he didnt see anybody like me yet. It was incredible for him that I learnt to skate and play in one year. When I was 12 years old, I was still playing in Slovan Bratislava, but then new trainer came to the team and he sent me to the much worse club in the city. I was very upset leaving my heart club, but the trainer in new club saw something special in me, he let me on the ice usually 40-45 minutes each match. Sometimes he just said me when it was 10 minutes to the end of the match: I dont wanna see you on the bench anymore, just go and score beacause we need it!! After a year playing like this, the old trainer in Slovan bratislava got kicked and came a new one. After that one year trainer from Slovan Bratislava took me back to the team and immediately put me in the first line. I was scoring incredible goals, trainers, specators, teammates really didnt know how could i become that good in just one season. I knew it – 45 mins ice time each match…..Then i got invited to the slovakia representation, but i couldnt come cuz broken arm. And this is the point where it started to fuck up…A lot of injuries were coming to me, i was outplayed and gettin worse and worse…When I was 14 or 15 I am not sure, I quit due to torn meniscus. I had to, cuz I was training with torn meniscus about a year cuz i didnt want to take another break…..Now I am 19, hockey misses me everyday soo much…Atleast once a week I have a dream that I play and I score and I am very happy. I really need to play…Since I quit I was playing only games with my friend for fun. My knee still hurts sometimes but I wanna visit my doctor what he is goin to say about it nowdays.

    I still think about coming back to the ice, I got offer to play in second slovakia league in junior category. But I dont know, is there any chance I could get back all that skills I lost in those 4-5 years??? Is it even possible??? I am considering that I would pay my personal trainer to get me into the condition and then get to the match cycle hopefully I can do something what i did when i started in my 8years…In one year reach all the guys playing all the time……..

    Please, answer me.


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