College Hockey Inc. has just released an article on the most common paths for Michigan players to Division I college hockey, and high school hockey continues to be a viable route to the college ranks. The article demonstrates that most players played either high school hockey or 18U AAA, or a combination of both on their journey to a Division I commitment. Of 156 Division I commitments from May of 2018 to Nov of 2021, 24% played high school hockey. Of the 156 players studied, at age 17, 26 of them were playing high school hockey.
"Note that one out of every four NCAA DI commitments were earned by players who played high school hockey during their career, including the likes of future University of Michigan captain Nick Blankenburg, who debuted with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets immediately following his senior year of college."
The full College Hockey Inc. article "For youth players in Michigan, there is no wrong path" is here:
(photo: Logan Jenuwine, Lake Superior State University, Romeo High School. Photo Credit: LSSU Athletics)