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. Tyler says

    Hello, my name is Tyler I’ve always wanted to play hockey in the nhl, I’ve played school hockey for 2 years before taking it away, I’ve also played in minor hockey before moving to ottawa. I’m five foot eight inches tall. And weight 185 pounds and I’m only 18 years old. I’ve tried emailing ohl coaches to see what I can do but never got an answer. Is it to late and what do I have to do

  2. Taranvir says

    Hi coach i was wondering if you could give me some advice and inspiration. I am 14 right now, i started and learned to skate when i was 8 i have been playing since then. I was thinking about trying out for a competitive rep team next year when im 15 and then try gunning for a major junior league like the WHL cause were i live in Vancouver you can see a lot of Vancouver Giants scouts around. I work out almost everyday ( i dont lift weights because im in the middle of my growth) and i try my best to eat healthy and am trying to put on a lot more weight. Is too late to make the NHL i dream of playing there, a lot of people tell me you are never gonna make it its too late. Is there a way i can attract major junior scouts. I take hockey camp practice my slef and play a house league. I really need some Inspiration coach.

    • says

      Taranvir, 14 years old is not too late to begin a run for pro hockey eligibility because you have many years ahead of you. Starting a WHL pursuit now may be out of reach considering you have not yet had any rep experience.

      You might consider getting a certified physical trainer to help you with your assumptions of adding body weight and regarding weight lifting.

  3. Chelsea says

    Hi, I’m posting about my boyfriend… He recently moved to the US from England (to Georgia, if it matters, where we don’t actually have an NHL team). He played hockey in England up to 18U as a goalie and went to many camps in Canada during his time playing, but he stopped playing almost 2 years ago due to finance issues.

    Here, he’s gotten back into playing and has been playing as a right wing in an adult men’s rec league (lower AA level as a player on the ice instead of a goalie) and doing daily skate sessions during the off season now. He will be 19 soon. He doesn’t know I’m posting this… But he has expressed wanting to play professionally. He loves the game and I love watching him play because I can tell it’s his passion. I just want to know what the actual chances are he could make it. And what he would have to do to make it there. I want to support this dream of his, but I also don’t want him to work so hard and be let down if all the work was for nothing.

    Also, I told him he should stick to what he’s trained in… Goal. I’d like to know this was sound advice or if it’s a harder to be a goalie…

    If you have any questions about his stats or anything let me know… I wasn’t sure what was needed.

    Thanks ya muchly

    • says

      Chelsea, you wrote, “…don’t want him to work so hard and be let down if all the work was for nothing.”
      There is only one way to find out and that is to go for it. Pursue the dream like a mad man. Training, eating, studying for the game.
      However, it seems unlikely for a player to suddenly move up as a skater instead of goalie. Adult men’s rec league is not the game experience needed to suddenly become a winger in Junior hockey, Elite, or minor pro hockey.

  4. John says

    Hello Coach My name is John I’m 23 and the highest Level I played was in the USPHL in Florida and right now I’m in College in Minnesota at Bemidji State, I’ve tried walking on 3 times but can’t make the cut due to a full roster but the players are surprised I never played higher nor been able to make the team, I feel it’s due to my small size of 5’6 and 167 lbs and where I developed prior to jr’s In Texas where I played Highschool and some AAA , I’ve spent many summers with hockey specific trainers who some some suggest I try taking a crack at Pro hockey. Club hockey here at my college is painfully slow and no very serious, Open hockey and club hockey doesn’t tire me out but where I skated with the D-1 team for my walk on’s I felt right at home. I do skate with them during the season if they show up at open hockey. Any suggestions what I should do next if you were in my shoes as in how I could make the jump to the next level? My biggest strengths are speed, fore checking, hitting, anticipation and passing but my weakness I feel is stick handling the most which has improved alot.

    • says

      John, just so I get this straight, are you saying that you only played SOME AAA in TX and some Tier III Junior hockey in FL, and nearly made the DI college hockey team at BSU? First of all let me say, WAY TO GO! Second, do you plan to graduate before you attempt a jump into the pros? Thirdly, work on stickhandling every day. Remember what Sean Skinner says: There are not many highlight reels about skating; they’re mostly about stick handling. Also work on balance and core strength because at 167 pounds, you’re gonna get knocked around a lot.

      Ask a lot of questions. Show interest. When you see the guys on the Open ice sessions, ask if they can intro you to the coaching staff. If you get an appointment with the coaches, express your aspirations to them and ask for introductions to anyone anywhere that can help you or take a look at you.

      You don’t have many options at 23 years old, so probably secure a spot in minor pro for a season or two and then try to jump to the British or Euro pro or Elite hockey league.

      • John says

        That is Correct, I was not viewed as top talent based on where I’m from and given the competition we have in Dallas for youth hockey especially with my size despite my speed. yes I do plan to graduate this spring before I decide to make such a decision. I do alot of balance and core strength as you recommended as I do face alot of bigger guys in club hockey or D-1 players at open hockey which has helped me significantly to be able to play with them. When you mentioned minor pro which leagues in particular are talking about, I’m Unfamiliar with minor pro in the U.S. and Canada other than the pro former CHL (Central Hockey League) ECHL and AHL. Regards to pro especially minor’s here in the U.S., Europe and UK how would I go about to contact them or interest them for a tryout?. I appreciate your encouraging word’s and helpful tips. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

        • says

          Also SPHL and LNAH, John. You’ll have to stay competitive during and after x number of years until you graduate, if you don’t get on the Bemidji team.

          BTW, I didn’t mean to imply that skating practice wasn’t necessary. Obviously you have to be able to maneuver with extreme foot work in all situations.

          Seek out the leagues on the Internet, express interest to the coaching staff. You could also ask scouts where they’ll be when looking for prospects, but this is not your likely route.

          Maybe you can get on a showcase team at Chowder Cup or elsewhere, put on a good show and get added to some NCAA roster other than Bemidji.

  5. Kyle Johnson says

    hello i am kyle johnson from long island ny, ive been playing hockey 5 days a week for about 3 years now but skating all my life and playing baseball all my life help. i have been playing in clinics with 18u junior a league players and college level players every once inawhile, im looking to evaluate my level of play but i am 23 years old 6’4 great skater deffenitley room for more improvement but i need to find out what teams or leagues there are to tryout for, are there any places that will take me on a minor league team as a walk on try out? please any feedback would b awesome

  6. Bryan Carver says

    Hello my name is Bryan and I’m really only looking for some information on where I can go to get a NHL tryout or a minor pro hockey tryout?

  7. Hayden says

    I’ve been playing hockey since I was about 3. I would hope to play in the WHL or the NHL someday and I was wondering how I could do that.
    Right now in my league I cannot afford to play AAA or AA so for now I am playing A1. I’ve gone to camps and have improved alot and I would love to have a career in the sport that I love. Do you have any recommendations to what I should do to possibly get a career?

  8. says

    I’m 15 years old from a little town in western New York. Since I watched my first hockey game I knew I wanted to play in the NHL. I play travel AA 16u. I’m a defenseman. Is it too late to try? Hockey has consumed my life since I was 4 and I train everyday. If I can’t ice skate I rollerblade in my drive way. Any pointers?

  9. David Hochmuth says

    I played two years of peewee. Quit. Put on a bunch of weight. I lost 140lbs, quit drinking, smoking, and junk food. I’m 23 now, I live and breathe hockey. I’m in the gym 7 days a week and on the ice 5-6 days a week. My workouts are for hockey, my diet is for hockey, and I can’t sleep because of hockey. I want to play in the NHL more than I want to breathe. I’ve seen a lot of progress, but only play on a men’s league. Am I too old to be getting started? What is my next step?

      • Jordan says

        Hi I’m Jordan from Canada. I played bantam AAA which is way more competitive than American AAA. I then play midget and had to quit at 17 because of money. I’m now 20.5 and have been missing hockey more than anything. I used to be the fastest kid on the ice and I was a very great player. Is it too late to start again and make the NHL at age 28 or something??

        • says

          Jordan, it’s too late to incorporate Junior Hockey into your resume, so you’ll have to pursue other routes to the NHL. You could try college hockey into minor pro hockey.

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