Summer Hockey Showcase 2017

The Road To College™ Hockey Admissions Showcase enters its ninth year, offering a highly competitive and comprehensive recruiting showcase. It is a selective, invitational program exclusively for serious student-athletes. Our goal is to better prepare serious hockey players for the ultra-competitive college admissions and hockey recruiting process.

Former Harvard Senior Admissions Officer, National Championship goaltender and former Harvard volunteer coach, Chuck Hughes and Dan Donato, former Boston University standout defenseman, Associate Admissions Director and Head Hockey Coach at the Dexter School have teamed together to create an exclusive summer hockey combine that incorporates admissions planning and college hockey recruiting into one comprehensive program to help you improve your college hockey and admissions opportunities.

The Combine Details

Date and Location

JUNE 22 – JUNE 25 at Babson College in Wellesley, MA

This 4-day program offers a full slate of morning college admissions planning and preparation work, afternoon recruiting forums, workshops and on-ice showcase games.

Who Should Attend: Senior/Post-Graduates, Juniors, and select Sophomores are eligible.

Note: ALL athletes must be recommended or referred by coach to receive an invitation from the Road To College staff.

College Coaches in Attendance in 2016 Last year 41 different Division I and Division III college coaches came to watch the 2016 showcase with coaches from Hockey East, ECAC, Ivy, Atlantic and the NESCAC schools in attendance. There were a total of 60 coaching evaluation days during the weekend. (click here to view last year's college list).

Invitations and Applications: Students who are eligible for the program must be invited by Road To College™ based on recommendations from college coaches, prep/junior coaches or Road To College™ staff. The Road To College™ staff makes final admissions offers to the Summer Hockey Showcase. All athletes must be recommended to receive consideration.


1. All student-athletes are required to complete a brief application for consideration for admission to the summer combine via the Online Application.

2. A copy of the applicant's transcript that includes the first semester grades for this current year must be included. The high school transcript can be emailed to crandolph@roadtocollege.com, faxed to Road To College™ at (978)246-7716 or mailed to Road To College™ at 14 Nason St. Suite 205, Maynard, MA 01754


1. College Coaches may recommend potential invitees directly via email to chughes@roadtocollege.com.

2. High school and Junior coaches must recommend athletes via the Invitation Request Form (PDF) or Invitation Request Form (WORD). Complete this form and either MAIL OR FAX it to us as soon as possible. This form may also be requested via email - chughes@roadtocollege.com

3. Invitation Request Forms must be completed and sent to Road To College™ via email, fax or mail:

  • FAX Form to: (978) 246-7716
  • EMAIL: chughes@roadtocollege.com
  • MAIL FORM to: Road To College, 14 Nason St. Suite 205 , Maynard , MA 01754

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Screening: Initial screening of recommendations (Invitation Request Forms) begins February 1, 2017. Forms will be accepted and continually reviewed until the program is full. Space is limited and invitations will be reviewed on a case by case basis and based on availability.

Curriculum: The Hockey Admissions Combine offers a comprehensive program that covers all aspects of the classroom and on-ice elements required to be the best college hockey recruit at selective colleges around the country. The curriculum includes

  • 6.5 hrs of SAT/ACT instruction with low student to teacher ratios
  • Academic Planning and Goal Setting Workshops
  • Admissions Planning Seminar
  • Interview Training and Developing Communication Skills
  • Study and Organizational Skills Essay Planning
  • Paying for College: Financial Aid Strategies (Parents)
  • NCAA Recruiting Seminar D-I and D-III Coaching and Player Workshops
  • Strength, Nutrition and Training Workshops
  • 3-Showcase Games, 1 Practice and 1 Skills (goalie session/skills session for skaters)

A comprehensive, daily schedule will be mailed to accepted student. All student-athletes will receive a Road To College™ Planning Binder with all curriculum materials for all classroom activities upon registration at the camp.

Visibility: Our goal is to attract college coaches interested in evaluating top hockey athletes who are also focused on producing a strong academic and admissions profile. Through our coaching seminar forums, on-ice showcase and recruiting class sessions, the Road To College™ Hockey Combine will attract top collegiate coaches.

Coaches in attendance will receive student information packets upon registration which includes transcript/GPA information, SAT/ACT/PSAT tests through the May tests and player contact information.

Staff: The Summer Showcase staff includes former college admissions officers, prep-school coaches and other field experts.

Chuck Hughes: Co-Founder of Road To College™, Chuck was a goaltender for the Harvard National Championship team in 1992. He also served as a former senior admissions officer at Harvard College from 1995-2000. During this time, Chuck also worked as a volunteer coach for Harvard. Chuck is also author of "What It Really Takes to Get into the Ivy League and Other Highly Selective Colleges."

Dan Donato: Dan is our On-Ice Director for the Summer Admissions Combine. He was a standout defenseman at Boston University '93 helping BU to the NCAA final in 1991. Dan is Associate Director of Admissions at the Dexter School in Brookline, MA as well as the varsity boy's hockey coach.

Additional Staff: Darren Reaume (former Amherst College Admissions Officer and former Amherst Assistant Coach), Sean McCann (St Sebastian's School, Former Harvard defenseman), Rob Gagnon (Cushing Academy, Former UNH forward), Matt Plante (Selects Academy, Former University of Maine forward).

Fees: The Summer Hockey Combine Program offers both boarding and day options to its participants for the 4-day, 3-night program. Financial Aid is available for those receiving aid in school or will be need-based aid candidate for college.

Day Students: $699

Boarding Student: $999 (Boarding students are required to provide their own linens and transportation to and from Babson College's campus)

Our goal is to educate and prepare our students and athletes for the competitive college admissions and recruiting process.

For questions or more information:
   Phone:  (978) 461-4875
   Fax:        (978) 246-7716
   EMAIL: chughes@roadtocollege.com

Road To College Hockey Summer Showcase is permitted by the Wellesley Health Department

Need more information? Complete the information request form, or call 1.888.835.4620

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