Academic Letter & Registration

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A message from the CCHL Academic Director Jonathan Calof

Welcome to CCHL 2019/20.  I am the leagues Academic Director and together with your team academic advisor and coaching staff it is our hope that over this hockey year you will be able to position yourself both academically and athletically to play hockey at the post-secondary level. Last year alone over 40 players from all the teams in our system had offers to play hockey either in United States Universities and colleges or Canadian ones.  The league takes great pride in the academic accomplishments of their players and the opportunities for further education and hockey that come from them. The leagues commitment to education can be seen in our award programs (annual academic all-star team, monthly academic all-stars, academic player of the year), as well several teams have established a requirement that players must be enrolled in school to play. Others have mandatory tutorial/study sessions and SAT preparation courses.

Why is the CCHL so successful in getting their players to University and College? It starts with you, the players. All are required to maintain academic profiles online, the kind that attract the attention of University and College scouts. You also need to give your team academic advisor monthly academic information so that monthly award nominations can be made and also so that if there are any problems they can be flagged early.   Players and the team academic advisors work together to ensure that courses are chosen appropriately at the high school level and the University and college level while playing in the CCHL to maximize future opportunities. It is a partnership that starts with you the player and is enhanced through the commitment of a team of academic advisors.  But the onus is on you to take advantage of the opportunities presented to you by the CCHL.  Do everything you can to keep eligible to play and to be attractive to NCAA and USports recruiters. For more information on keeping eligible and the opportunities both at USports and NCAA the league has made available to you online a guide book for you titled “What’s in the future for you” which can be downloaded at

Here are a few key tips for you.

  1. Register with College hockey Inc.  It is your responsibility to fill it in.  All players are given access to an online system that is frequently used by NCAA (US universities) coaches and scouts. We have link to this on the CCHL website at
  2. Provide your academic information early to your team’s academic advisor. It’s important that you provide academic information including marks, transcripts and awards as well as hockey information.  Work towards developing a hockey profile. During showcase, the league and your team will be handing out to the NCAA and CIS scouts team and league academic profiles and the more complete your profile is the better for you. A well written profile does attract interest.  College Hockey Inc. (who we work very closely with) has a great article about hockey resumes
  3. Take the right courses. You can only play NCAA or USports hockey if you take the right courses (and stay eligible – more on that later).  Take the NCAA division one route, any player who wants a US hockey scholarship will need to be cleared by NCAA clearinghouse ( and    There are 16 courses that you will have to take in high school and not at the college level to qualify for NCAA hockey.  Clearinghouse ( specifies as of 2016 the following courses all of which must be taken at the appropriate academic level (not college level): 4 years of English, three years of math (algebra 1 or higher), 2 years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if offered). 2 years of social science. 1 additional year of English, math or natural/physical science. 4 additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.  These courses also must be completed on a timely basis.  Clearinghouse even has a database of courses offered in Ontario high schools that count under these categories and those that don’t by course code. We have  a lot of information on NCAA and USports hockey eligibility at
  4. Take the SAT or ACT.  To play NCAA division 1 hockey you must take the SAT or ACT. These are academic aptitude test. More information about the SAT can be found at  while ACT information is available at  The SAT and ACTs can be taken multiple times.
  5. If you are in grade 12 apply for University or College.  It is usual for a player to start their NCAA or USports hockey career a year or two after graduating high school.  As a league we encourage all our players to continue taking courses and encourage our grade 12 students who hope to continue playing in the CCHL in the following year to apply to University and college programs in the Ottawa area (or online programs). This means that those in grade 12 need to apply through the Ontario Universities Applications Centre ( by their deadline (January 11 2017 last year).  Getting admitted to a degree program gives you in a sense first choice of courses and course schedules so it makes it easier to pick classes that work with your hockey schedule.
  6. If you are University or College age (high school graduate) take the right number of courses. The league strongly encourages its university or college age players who are high school graduates to continue to take courses while they are playing hockey.  These courses may even count towards the player’s degree and course requirements should you get an NCAA or USports offer thereby reducing the course requirements. However, for NCAA eligibility purposes if you take too many courses (defined as being a full time student) then you lose a year of eligibility.  This means you need to be classified as part time student if you wish to keep all your years of NCAA eligibility (4 years of playing eligibility and 5 years of eligibility).  There are two ways for you to get registered and take courses as a University or College student – one is as a degree student the other is as a special student.  I will use the two local Universities as an example of this.  Degree students apply to the specific program that they are interested in (well before the hockey year starts) and if accepted then choose courses at the appropriate time within that program. Depending on the program that you are accepted into you can be enrolled part time. My son (who went on to play NCAA Division 1 hockey and then pro hockey afterwards) when in the CCHL was in the University of Ottawa’s Engineering program and taking two courses each term.  Degree students have special access to courses only accessible to students in that degree program.  The other type of student, special student is more common in our league. A special student registers at the University and if special student status is granted they get access to courses that are open for special students.  Unfortunately, special students generally have access to less courses than do degree students and do not always have optimal course times.  The league has contacts at Ottawa University, Carleton University and Algonquin College and we can help you through this process.  It is up to you, the CCHL player to register and sign up for courses in a timely manner.

University of Ottawa

Carleton University

The league also has players taking courses at Algonquin College. They have an excellent set of online courses which staggered start dates meaning that you can register to start classes in September or October or November etc.  Players also take courses at La Cite Collegiale which is the largest French-language College in Ontario.  We have players taking courses at St. Lawrence College and even in some U.S. Colleges (State University of New York campuses are just over the border). There are also players taking online courses through a variety of Canadian universities (for example Athabasca University) and U.S. Universities.  Online courses are a great option for our players but if you turn 21 during the 2019/2020 hockey year there are special rules around online education that you should discuss with your teams academic advisor.

  1. Know the rules especially if you are turning 21 during this hockey year (that is between January 1 2018 and May 2018 including the RBC cup and Fred Page cup): Additional rules apply to you.  By January you will have to be registered full time in a University or College program. You better get organized early to apply to a University or College so that you can maintain your eligibility.  There are lots of other requirements around this and your team academic advisor can fill you in on these. The CCHL has made available a great guide for you that provides more information for you “What’s in the future for you” which can be downloaded at

Great opportunities await our CCHL players but only if they are prepared. The above lays out what you can do educationally to keep the opportunities open.  Three broad pieces of advice:

  1. Know the rules – It’s about keeping yourself eligible whether for USports or NCAA.  It is your responsibility to keep yourself eligible and we as a league have provided a lot of information on our website under the academic tab to help you do that.
  2. Keep track of deadlines – The earlier you enroll for University or College courses, the better your chances of getting the kind of course schedule that will work with your hockey schedule. You must keep track of these deadlines, check the school websites and for our grade 12 players get registered in time at the Ontario Universities’ Applications Centre. Keeping track of deadlines is especially important if you turn 21 this hockey year.
  3. Keep your teams’ academic advisor informed, work with them – Let the team advisor know your educational goals, let them know your marks each month. The advisor is an important part of your team.

If you have any questions, about the educational side of CCHL do not hesitate to reach out to your team academic advisor and to me.

Have a great hockey season.

Jonathan Calof

Academic Director, CCHL

Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa