NAPHL announces 2016 All-Star Game rosters
November 22, 2016
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce the rosters for the fourth annual NAPHL 16U and 18U All-Star Games. The 2016 NAPHL 16U and 18U All-Star Games are scheduled for Sunday, December 4th at 6:00pm (16U) and 8:00pm (18U) at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. For the first time in the eight-year history of the NAPHL, both the 16U and the 18U All-Star Games will be played in cooperation with one another on the same day during the same weekend event.
The NAPHL All-Star Games will feature players who are leading the way in the NAPHL and many of whom are considered top prospects in North America in their respective birth-years. Last season, 77 NAPHL players were tendered or drafted into the NAHL and USHL in large part because of the showcase events like the NAPHL 16U and 18U All-Star Games, along with the 18U Top Prospects tournament at the end of the season. With a strong handful of NCAA commitments, USHL call-ups and NAHL tenders already signed, the NAPHL is expecting another banner year in terms of player advancement, including those players appearing in this year’s All-Star Games.
“Both NAPHL All Star Games are great events and it makes it extra special this season that they are being played in cooperation with one another for the very first time. The NAHL Central Scouting team of scouts has done a tremendous job tracking the league throughout the season and providing feedback on the top players in the NAPHL,” said NAPHL Director Lucas Trombetta. “Finalizing the rosters was a very difficult task. All of the NAPHL coaches nominations and feedback was very helpful in the process of trying to determine the final selections.”
The All-Star Games are a part of the NAPHL’s fourth regular season event of the season, which will feature all 45 NAPHL teams, each playing in four regular season games from December 3-5 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN. Each team consists of 12 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.
In keeping with the rich tradition of the league, the NAPHL is also pleased to announced that it has named the All-Star Teams after two legendary builders of youth hockey in the United States and the NAPHL, Dean Dixon and Bob Suter.
This weekend’s All-Star teams were selected based on nominations from coaches and player evaluations from NAHL Central Scouting throughout the first three months of the season. Additionally, some consideration was given to the overall standings when determining the number of players selected from each team.
All games at the event in Blaine, including the NAPHL All-Star Games, will be broadcast live through HockeyTV
Like it has the past three NAPHL events, NAHL Central Scouting is preparing to evaluate NAPHL players with a team of 8-10 scouts. A team of scouts with NHL, NCAA, and Junior hockey coaching and scouting experience will be evaluating and submitting reports that will be organized and disbursed to all NAHL teams as well as NHL teams and NCAA schools.