Ice hockey is fervently followed and played around the world. The International Ice Hockey Federation examined 62 nations and found the number of hockey players had increased by 2.5% to over 1.8 million. All over the world, players can find a place at the professional and semi-professional levels of hockey. The IIHF also recorded a growth in the number of officials by 5.5% and the number of ice rinks by over 4%. This details a raise in jobs in coaching, refereeing, and facilitating.
If your post-collegiate future doesn’t involve a career on the ice, you’ll need to be sure to exit college with a good education. Jobs around the sport will necessitate degrees in sports management, kinesiology, business and more.
This ranking of the top 10 men’s college hockey teams takes into consideration the academic success of the players and the athletic success of the team. Some of the aspects in this ranking are the overall quality of the school, the win/loss record of the team, and the academic progress rate as outlined by the NCAA. The athletic resources and aid available to the student athletes is factored in too.
- Boston College
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- Boston University
- Quinnipiac University
- College of the Holy Cross
- Harvard University
- Clarkson University
- Ohio State University
- University of North Dakota
There are some that most folks feel should be on this list. But remember, this list isn’t just about being a good hockey player. It isn’t just about being an athlete. It is the list of schools that produced the best student athletes. Like other collegiate sports, like football, basketball, and baseball, not all athletes make it into the pros. This is where getting a solid college education comes in.