BCHL Division I Commitments

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One of the biggest reasons, if not THE biggest reason, for most players to choose the BCHL as the option for junior hockey is the opportunity the league provides in promoting its talent to NCAA Division I schools in the hopes of securing a post-secondary scholarship. The league’s own slogan, afterall, is “Smart Hockey”. So naturally, those players who have several different franchises hoping to secure their services, will closely look at a team’s proficiency in securing such scholarships. And out of the entire CJHL, the BCHL is by far the leading league in terms of acquiring said scholarships. As the list below indicates, some are clearly doing a much better job than others. There are obviously many different factors at play. The more successful teams on the ice year after year will naturally tend to boast more NCAA Division I commitments but it’s a symbiotic relationship. Success on the ice breeds increased demand for top end players and schools in turn are happy to see their own investments with quality junior programs. More Div I commits on a team and the overall higher quality stock of players they have which will keep that cycle going. Penticton is a perfect example as the chart clearly shows with a combined 23 commitments on the Vees’ roster since the beginning of the 2015-16 season. The top eight on this list (Penticton through Vernon) all made the playoffs last season while five of the bottom nine missed. Quite simply, scholarships breed successful programs and vice versa.

These numbers may be slightly skewed in the sense that last year’s number are from the end of the season. So a player that may have started the year with one team but was traded to another will have his credit go towards the franchise for which he last played. But all in all the figures will tend to balance out with players moving in all directions.

 

NCAA Division I Scholarships since September, 2015

Penticton – 23
Langley – 16
Nanaimo – 15
Wenatchee – 15
West Kelowna – 14
Chilliwack – 12
Salmon Arm – 11
Vernon – 9
Coquitlam – 7
Merritt – 7
Surrey – 7
Alberni – 6
Powell River – 6
Trail – 4
Cowichan – 3
Prince George – 3
Victoria – 2

** Figures taken from bchl.ca

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