The QMJHL consists of 18 teams scattered throughout Québec, and the Atlantic Provinces There are more than four hundred (400) players from 16 to 20 years of age, teens or young adults, aiming for the heights of professional hockey, while pursuing high school, collegiate, or university education.
Even though challenging, major junior hockey and education are quite compatible, as assessed by school results every season. Each year, the QMJHL grants more than $670,000 in scholarships to over a hundred of its graduates.
In the spring of 2005, after a long collective thinking process, the League wrote down its practices regarding the players’ education, and has adopted a policy that encompasses the teams’ actions and from which derive the main rules governing the teams’ academic mission. Since then, the QMJHL Education Policy has changed, and each year it is reviewed to improve it.
The Education Policy informs the players about their rights and obligations when studying and playing in the QMJHL. The parents are also made aware by teams that their sons need their support while they further their education.