College Hockey growth is not really keeping up with player participation growth:
Adult Players: 31,000
Youth Players: 154,000
Female Players: 2,500
Total Players: 185,000
Adult Players: 155,756
Youth Players: 355,422
Female Players: 66,692
Total Players: 511,175
Number of NCAA Programs
Men’s Division I: 49
Men’s Division II: 16
Men’s Division III: 63
Total Men’s Programs: 128
Women’s Division I: 0
Women’s Division III: 0
Total Women’s Programs: 0
Men’s Division I: 59
Men’s Division II: 6
Men’s Division III: 72
Total Men’s Programs: 137
Women’s Division I: 34
Women’s Division III: 49
Total Women’s Programs: 83
Last edited by Hockey Monk; 02-16-2013 at 11:01 AM.
What you fail to realize in this less than useful analysis is that there are 34 more and 49 more Women's D1 and D3 teams respectively. Women are also counted in USA Hockey registrations. So by adding EIGHTY THREE hockey programs do you think College Hockey growth has kept up?
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