NAHL Showcase just three weeks away
September 2, 2015
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) 13th annual NAHL Showcase Tournament, which will be held from September 23-26, 2015 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota, begins in exactly three weeks. All 22 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase.
For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer. Last season over 330 NHL, NCAA and junior scouts attended the event.
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In addition, all 44 NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live through FASTHockey, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2015-16, the NAHL is the oldest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two that operate under the non pay-to-play model. The NAHL is also one of the best at advancing players to collegiate and/or professional hockey. During the last two seasons, over 450 NAHL players have made NCAA commitments, including a record number of 229 NCAA commitments during the 2014-15 season, and close to 100 alumni were playing in the NHL this past season.
The Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Schwan Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.
It will be the first event of the season for the NAPHL, which will also be played in conjunction with the Showcase. Now entering its seventh season, the NAPHL is made up of 38 teams: 19 Midget Major (18U) and 19 Midget Minor (16U) that compete at the Tier I youth level.
The event will also feature eight additional teams from the Upper Midwest High School Elite League (UMHSEL) and 12 teams from the Tier I High Performance Hockey League (HPHL).
This marks the fourth straight Showcase in which the NAHL has partnered with the Upper Midwest High School Elite League. At the Showcase, the Elite League will feature eight total teams. It also marks the third straight Showcase that the NAHL has partnered with the High Performance Hockey League. The partnerships between the NAHL and the Elite League and the HPHL further enhances the Showcase since all see numerous players commit to NCAA programs each season.