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The BC Hockey League has set a new single-season record for NCAA Division I committed players on team rosters with 174 athletes earning scholarships to play college hockey in the United States so far this year.
That number is expected to continue to rise before the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.
The previous record of 173 was set in 2019-20 and was equaled last year during the 2021-22 campaign.
“We are incredibly proud to reach this new benchmark for NCAA Division I committed athletes in the BCHL,” said Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Steven Cocker. “Despite the adversity the league faced over the past couple of years, the BCHL has bounced back in a major way as we continue our upward trend as one of North America’s top junior hockey leagues producing collegiate athletes.”
“This is a testament to the hard work and determination of our players, as well as the outstanding development and resources our teams and their staff are providing on the ground. Development doesn’t stop on the ice, as our teams are also doing a phenomenal job to ensure their athletes are as ready for the classroom as they are for the ice.”
In addition to the commitment record, the BCHL has also set a new high-water mark for alumni playing NCAA Division I hockey with 411 former BCHL players in 2022-23. This amounts to 23.41 per cent of all Division I hockey players having played a minimum of 10 games in the BCHL, as of Oct. 1, 2022.
Facts and Figures:
- 57 BCHL players earned scholarships this season alone
- 87 current BCHL players earned their scholarships while playing in the league
- 87 current BCHL players were recruited to the league with their Division I commitment in hand
Click here for the full list of NCAA commitments.