by Alan Nakkash
College hockey ha as solid fan base, and many students try out during college hockey recruiting. Hockey is a sport in which two teams compete by driving a ball or disc using a stick into the goal or net of the opposing team. Perhaps ice hockey is the most popular form of the game, and college hockey teams usually play on an ice surface. The NHL, or the National Hockey League, is considered to be the premier league in professional hockey.
The National Hockey League rose from the dismantling of the league which preceded it, the National Hockey Association (NHA). After endeavoring—unsuccessfully—to resolve the disputes with Eddie Livingstone, then owner of the Toronto Blueshirts, various executives of three other NHA franchises suspended the NHA, and formed the National Hockey League (NHL). They replaced the Livingstone-headed team with a temporary one, located in Toronto, called the Arenas. Though a separate league, the NHL was considered a continuation of the failed NHA. The NHL borrowed the NHA’s championship trophy, rules, as well as the NHA’s split-season schedule. The owners had originally intended the NHL to operate for one only season. However, the NHA owners eventually suspended the NHA permanently in 1918, completely shutting it down in 1920.
During the NHL’s first quarter-century, it competed against two rival major leagues: which were the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and Western Canada Hockey League. These three fought for players and the Stanley Cup. The founding of the Boston Bruins in 1924 brought about the expansion of the NHL into the United States. By 1926 the league consisted of ten teams from Ontario, Quebec, the Great Lakes region, and the Northeastern United States. Soon the NHL emerged as the premier major league, and became the sole competitor for the Stanley Cup. The league completed a deal with the Stanley Cup trustees in 1947 to gain full control of the Cup.
A number of high school students hope to qualify for college hockey teams in order to advance their education, as well as their chances in playing in professional leagues. Try outs and assessments start in high school, in football as well as in other sports. For all involved in college hockey recruiting, therefore, information on college hockey and other details are important in getting an athletic scholarship.
Fortunately, the Internet has proved to be a useful venue for both athletes and coaches participating in college hockey, as well as other sports. There are many websites and online forums wherein students and scouts can come together and interact about college hockey recruiting and other important information. D1Athletes is an online community wherein athletes and coaches alike can share and exchange information they need. D1Athletes offers them a place to build an online presence and gain important public exposure.