The Ducks West Coast Prospects Camp serves the dual purposes of showcasing the best young talent Southern California has to offer on their home ice, while also educating that talent about their options at the next level. To that end, the Camp invited College Hockey Inc. to give a presentation to its invitees about their NCAA opportunities and the rules for NCAA recruiting and remaining an amateur in the organization's eyes. Afterwards, four Division I coaches spoke briefly about their College Hockey experiences.
At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to our audio recording of that presentation. The speakers are as follows:
- Jeff Dwyer, Director of Education and Recruitment for College Hockey Inc.
- George Gwozdecky, Head Coach of the University of Denver
- Mike Gibbons, Assistant Coach St. Cloud State University
- Brett Larson, Assistant Coach University of Minnesota-Duluth
- Tim Army, Head Coach Providence
- Brett Henning, former hockey player turned hockey author
I found Jeff Dwyer's Power Point lecture particularly interesting. Here are just some of the rules he covers:
- College coaches cannot contact you until June 15th of your sophomore year, and that includes returning your calls, letters, emails, etc.
- The NCAA allows you to attend Rookie Camp or Orientation Camp for your CHL team, but you can only attend and have your expenses covered for 48 hours. At that point, you must leave or pay your own way.
- If you go the CHL route, the education package they offer is null and void the moment you sign an NHL contract, AHL contract or European league contract. If you sign with some other league after you leave the CHL, you have only 18 months to exercise your right to the education package or it expires.
- There has been a boom of 'family advisors' lately, and College Hockey Inc. is offering to advise you on those advisors. Having monitored and regulated family advisors and agents as the Director of the NHLPA, Paul Kelly is familiar with them. Give him a list, and he'll tell you a little bit about each one. Generally, though, you don't need a family advisor unless you are about to be drafted by the NHL, at which point you would need a bona fide agent, not a family advisor.
WARNING: Please set your volume to a medium or low level before listening. I wasn't familiar with the PA system in the room, so I set a rather high input level on my Edirol R-09. The audio definitely peaks on claps, but it is generally very even and clear.
Our complete coverage at the 2010 Ducks West Coast Prospects Camp Main Page.