Faculty Advisor

Thatcher, Courtney

Area of Study

Science and Mathematics

Publication Date

Summer 2022


One of the main ways a National Hockey League (NHL) team can acquire players is through the Entry Level Draft, in which players between the ages of 18 and 20 are selected by teams based on what they have accomplished in junior hockey. Over 200 players are drafted each year over the course of seven rounds. However, the chances of draftees making it in the NHL is low. Only 51% of players drafted from 2007-2015 have played in the NHL. And only 33% have played in at least 82 games. Since the success rate is so low it is important to understand what amateur leagues can tell us about a player and how they might contribute to their NHL team. We used several models to find the relationship between amateur hockey leagues and success in the NHL and attempted to make connections between “types” of players developed and amateur leagues across different countries.


Clare Boothe Luce


University of Puget Sound