NAHL announces Future Prospects Tournament Series for 2015
January 30, 2015
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to continue the Future Prospects Tournament (FPT) Series, an innovative and unique event that was introduced last season and is designed to provide the younger developing teenage hockey player with an experience that will prepare and expose them to the future paths of the NAHL developmental hockey ladder.
“Last year’s Future Prospects Tournament events were very successful, especially since it was our first attempt at running this unique camp. We had positive feedback from parents, participants, and scouts from all levels. It’s a unique opportunity because we are catering to the younger player and family, who aren’t ready to play junior hockey yet, but come away from our event with much more information on what it takes to play and have an understanding of the different levels of junior hockey,” said Craig Barnett, Director of Player Personnel for the NAHL. “We are finding that these families can now make educated decisions on any possible opportunities they may receive. Couple this with playing some competitive hockey under the eyes of the NAHL Event Scouting Team, it will definitely prove to be a worthy NAHL junior hockey weekend experience.”
The Future Prospects Tournament (FPT) Series is designed to provide exposure and education for hockey players that strive to play junior hockey in a premier league like the NAHL. Now in its 39th season, the NAHL is one of the top junior leagues under the USA Hockey umbrella. Over 220+ players make NCAA commitments annually which proves that the NAHL is one of the best at developing its players and ultimately providing an opportunity to move onto the next level. This is due in large part to the unique and established league-wide events schedule and ladder of development model, which continues to draw attention and praise from the entire hockey community, most notably college and professional scouts.
The camp fee is $215 and includes the ice time and jersey. Registration form and camp fee payment can be found and filled out online at: www.nahl.com/fpt
The Future Prospects Tournament (FPT) Series is open to all players with birth years from 1999-2002 and will be divided into two age groups at each event. Group A will be players with 1999 or 2000 birth years and Group B will be players with 2001 or 2002 birth years. Each team consists of 17 players: ten (10) forwards, five (5) defensemen and two (2) goaltenders. There will be a total of 136 players at each event. Each team will play in four games, three round-robin games and one playoff game.
The FPT Series consists of two different events that span coast to coast in two different locations. The first is from April 24-26 at the Middletown Sports Complex in Middletown, New Jersey and the second will be at The Rinks – Anaheim Ice on May 8-10 in Anaheim, California.
At the event, players will be introduced and exposed to junior hockey and in particular, the NAHL, NA3HL as well as the NAPHL (Tier I Midget Hockey). The players will be introduced to and provided with a weekend that involves the ‘NAHL Experience,’ which will consist of competitive hockey, education of the future levels of hockey, academic preparation for NCAA hockey and exposure to professional, college, and junior scouts. This includes seminars that discuss the NAHL junior hockey experience, the ladder of development, as well as, NCAA compliance seminars. Guest speakers will include those from the NAHL and NCAA.