A Long History of Player Advancement

The Ice Hawks are proud of the 260+ players who have advanced to college programs, Tier I & II Jr, leagues and to US and European and other professional leagues.

The Ice Hawks have advanced players to sixty eight different US and Canadian College and University programs.  Players have moved on to 31 NCAA D-III programs. St Mary’s (MN) leads the list with 19 former players, while Gustavus Adolphus College  (MN),  U. W.- Eau Claire, Marion University (WI), Concordia University of WI,  Concordia University (MN), Milwaukee School of Engineering  (WI) and Augsburg College (MN) have each attracted 6-8 alums. In recent years many players have migrated East to programs in Massachusetts and New York State.

The Ice Hawks are proud of their NCAA D-I  advancements.  Three former Hawks have played at West Point and at the Air Force Academies.  Alums have also played in the WCHA: Two with MN State University- Mankato and another with Michigan Tech.  Other alums have played at Notre Dame, Bowling Green University and  U. Mass- Amherst.

A number of players have pursued their college and hockey career at American Collegiate Association (ACHA) Colleges/Universities.  Ice Hawks alums have continued their hockey career at 15 ACHA D-1 programs.  Most notably, Iowa State University has had 14 Ice Hawks alums over the years. Some alums moved on to various ACHA D-2 and D-3 programs. Eleven former players have played at MN State University-Mankato and another 4 at Weber State University in Utah.  In addition alums have played at four National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Junior College schools.

Alums also move on to USAH Tier I and II leagues and to Tier II leagues in Canada.  The Ice Hawks have promoted players to both the Tier I USHL and the Tier II NAHL.  The former Alexandria Blizzard (currently Brookings) leads with 7 Ice Hawk alums.  The Ice Hawks have ties to several Canadian Tier II programs through Coach Fatis and have promoted numerous alums to programs in the Ontario Provincial Hockey League, the Manitoba Hockey League, the North Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Alberta Hockey League.

Seventeen alums have gone on to careers in pro hockey in the US minor leagues, in Europe as well as in other countries.  One former Ice Hawk became an Olympian having earned a spot on the USA Olympic hearing impaired team.

A full list of our alumni appears on our website at Ice Hawks Alumni.  We list every player who played a game for the Ice Hawks.   The Advancement List on the team website) details the history of players who have advanced.  We want to acknowledge and honor all of our advanced players!