FAQ and Important Information to Consider
U Sports Eligibility if you Play Professional Games:
“Participation in a regular season or playoff game of a professional league, inclusive of all European Hockey Leagues in any division, is subject to the charging of eligibility and participation in U SPORTS competition is prohibited within 365 days from the date that the athlete last participated in the identified league (participation in a training camp or pre-season exhibition games is exempt from this policy), unless such participation takes place prior to December 31 of the year the athlete turns 21. (22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199)
I play in the CHL, can I play in the NCAA?
If you have played in the CHL then you must file an appeal with the NCAA in order to regain eligibility. The school files the appeal after the student is enrolled on campus. There will be a penalty if your appeal is approved. Players appealing and being approved is not a very common situation.
I play in the CHL, when can I go play in the ECHL or AHL?
Players playing in the CHL when drafted by an NHL club will be ineligible to join the ECHL or AHL until the age of 20. Players are however allowed to be called up if their CHL teams season has concluded. This only applies to CHL players that are selected in the NHL draft. All other players are able to play in the ECHL or AHL after they have turned 18 years of age.
I signed a contract in the FHL, can I leave to go play in the SPHL?
Yes. You are able to move freely from the FHL to the SPHL. An FHL contract only retains your services to play for that team in that league. Same thing applies to moving from the SPHL to the ECHL.
What is a PTO?
PTO stands for Professional Try Out. It is used by professional teams to bring player in for training camp and/or in-game tryouts.
What is an ATO?
ATO stands for Amateur Try Out. It is used by professional teams to bring an amateur player in for training camp and/or in-game tryouts.
Is Sweden Division 1 the top league in Sweden?
The tiers of Swedish professional hockey are as follows:
Sweden Division 1
Sweden Division 2
Sweden Division 3