The goal of the College Hockey Combine is to offer an opportunity for NCAA program coaches the resources to identify, evaluate, and communicate with elite European based players.

More specifically, in doing so we would like to improve the long-term ability for players to secure NCAA scholarships while they complete their junior careers in Europe.

Schedule:

CANCELLED: Rescheduled for 2021

Tentative Schedule

Additional Activities available during the day

  • Practices and Games supported by NCAA Coaches
  • Presentations
  • Social Events
  • NCAA Coaches interview
  • TOEFL and SAT Tests
  • Parent Coaches Panel

Off-Ice Testing

Wingate– An aerobic test where players are put on a stationary bike (with resistance), and have 30 seconds to pedal as fast as they can.

Push Ups- Pretty self-explanatory, players perform as many pull ups as they can while maintaining the proper form.

Pro Agility- Players’ multi-directional speed and agility are measured by their performance of 5-10-5 shuttles.

Bench Press- Like the pull up test, the bench press isn’t too complicated of a concept. More important to note is that the weight players are asked to lift is dependent on their body weight, as follows.

  • Body Weight Test Weight
  • 154 and below 120
  • 155-164 130
  • 165-174 135
  • 175-184 145
  • 185-194 150
  • 195-204 160
  • 205-214 170
  • 215-224 175
  • 225-234 185
  • 235 and above 195

Standing Long Jump- Players jump as far as they can from a standstill, although with permission to swing their arms for assistance. The distance from the jumping line to the heel mark of where they land is measured to the nearest centimeter.

Wingspan and Height- Both are measured, with wingspan being recorded to the nearest .2 centimeter from middle fingertip to middle fingertip.

Grip Strength- After adjusting a hand grip dynamometer to their hand sizes, the players extend their arm and squeeze the dynamometer as hard as they can. Separate scores are recorded for each hand.

Y- Balance Players must maintain a single-leg stance on one leg while reaching as far as possible with the contralateral leg. They do right/left Anterior reaches, right/left Posteromedial reaches and right/left Posterolateral reaches. Each test is performed three times, although only the best score for each is recorded. The purpose of this test is to measure balance.

Function Movement Screen- Players must participate in seven movement tests: hurdle step, in-line lunge, shoulder mobility, deep squats, trunk stability push-ups, rotary stability and the active straight leg raise.

These are all measure for the purpose of determining if the players have any left or right side imbalances.It must be noted that a significant reason left and right side imbalances are checked is because it has been determined that players with imbalances are much more susceptible to injuries.

All games played will be streamed online and tracked by HockeyData and advanced analytics provided to the players and NCAA Coaches

All players attending will have their information and performance data made available on the Combines website throughout the year, available to all NCAA programs. Additionally all players will receive a jersey, and socks.

NCAA Coaches in Attendance:

Dana Borges, Colgate University

Ron Rolston, Providence College

Jason Tapp, Union College

Cory Schneider, American International College

John Rose, Dartmouth College

Coach /Program TBA

Coach /Program TBA


European Junior Coaches in Attendance:

Olli Hallfors – Head Coach / Vaasan Sport U20


Skill Specialist in Attendance:

Victor Kraatz- Jokerit Hockey Club / Canadian Olympian

Victor Kraatz is a hockey-specific skating instructor with Jokerit Hockey Club in Helsinki, Finland. Victor teaches advanced stride mechanics with a focus on technique and body composition using specific game situations as a backdrop. He works with players from Hockey 4 to junior and professional levels. Some players he’s worked with include Matt Barzal, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Shea Theodore, and Morgan Reilly.

During his competitive figure skating career, the 3 time Olympian won a world championship and 10 Canadian national championships. Victor holds the meritorious civilian cross, he’s a member of both the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame and BC’s own Hall of Fame, and he had the illustrious honour of being Team Canada’s Torch Bearer at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC.

Speakers in Attendance:

Mike Snee – Executive Director

A talented hockey executive with experience in amateur hockey and the NHL, Mike Snee was named College Hockey, Inc.’s Executive Director on Aug. 28, 2012. In this role he guides College Hockey Inc.’s marketing efforts to promote Division I men’s college hockey and its work to help grow the number of institutions offering the sport. Snee is a member of the USA Hockey Board of Directors and serves on USA Hockey’s Junior Council. He is also a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

Sean Hogan – Director of Education

Sean Hogan joined College Hockey Inc. as the organization’s Director of Education in October 2019. Hogan, a native of Waterford, Mich., leads College Hockey Inc.’s efforts to promote NCAA hockey to talented young players and their families. Hogan came to College Hockey Inc. with an extensive coaching background, having served as an American Collegiate Hockey Association head coach at Ohio University (2014-19), Arizona (2011-14) and Oakland (2005-09). He served on the coaching staff of USA Hockey’s Men’s National University Team three times, including as head coach in 2017, and was the volunteer assistant coach with Western Michigan in 2010-11.


$499.00 USD / Limited Space Available