March 31, 2016
This weekend, players ages 13-16 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.
The first of four NAHL Future Prospects Combine launches at Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville, Illinois. The event is played in cooperation with the ongoing NA3HL Silver Cup Championship.
The Future Prospects Combine is an innovative and unique event designed to provide exposure and education for hockey prospects that strive to play junior hockey in a premier league like the NAHL. 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).
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. The on-ice competition will have each team will play in four games including three round-robin games and one playoff game.
It also provides the player to make an impression during the perfect time of the year. With NAHL Tryout Camps and NAHL Draft taking place from May through July, this weekend’s combine is a perfect indicator to just how ready they are for the next step. This weekend is a commitment to the future that hopefully one day includes an opportunity to play in the NAHL.
After this weekend, there are just three NAHL Future Prospects Combines remaining:
April 15-17: Middletown, New Jersey
April 29-May 1: Simi Valley, Calfornia
May 13-15: Edina, Minnesota
A limited number of spots are available at the Future Prospect Combines and are for players with birthyears from 2000-03 only. To register your player and to find out more information, please visit: www.nahlfp.com
Currently at the tail end of completing its 40th anniversary season, the NAHL is the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 22 teams from across North America. The NAHL prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.
With 225+ NCAA commitments each season, the NAHL offers junior hockey players the opportunity to develop, learn, grow and succeed, while playing for free. The NAHL is unique in the fact that a vast majority of players begin their NAHL careers without an NCAA opportunity, but earn one through the course of their development in the league.
The NAHL's dedication to player development is demonstrated by the league's high-profile annual exposure events like the NAHL Showcase, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament and the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship, which have all evolved into hockey's most prominent and popular of its kind and are a must-see for NCAA programs and NHL teams alike.
The proof is also in the strength of the NAHL’s commitment and alumni numbers. To date, over 150 players have made NCAA commitments during the current 2015-16 season. Last season, a record number of 229 players made an NCAA commitment and over the course of the past three seasons, over 600 players have advanced onto the NCAA.
However, it isn’t just NCAA hockey that the NAHL presence is felt. Last season, seven players with NAHL ties were selected in the 2015 NHL Draft. In fact, no other junior league in the world had as many goalies drafted as the NAHL.
This season, 11 players have been recognized on NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term and Players to Watch list.
It is all a proven indicator and pathway that the NAHL is truly the League of Opportunity and all about the player. This week’s NAHL Combine may be the first step in ultimately reaching the goal of playing in the NAHL and beyond.