NAPHL announces schedule for first 2018-19 event in Blaine
August 17, 2018
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce the schedule for the first event of the 2018-19 season at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota, which will take place from September 20-23, 2018, in cooperation with the 2018 NAHL Showcase. All NAPHL High Performance and Elite Division teams will be in attendance at the event in addition to 44 other invited at-large teams.
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The NAPHL has established itself as one of the premier grounds for development and exposure, and is a great stepping-stone for development and training for young hockey players looking to gain experience and knowledge to work their way up to the National level. The success of teams on the National stage, as well as, the success of NAPHL players at the next levels of hockey, is further proof that the NAPHL is redefining exposure and has elevated itself as the leader in development and opportunity.
The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement in recent seasons, which is highlighted by a large amount of advancement of players to the North American Hockey League (NAHL). No other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the NAHL over the course of the last two seasons than the NAPHL. 48 players from the NAPHL were tendered to play in the NAHL for the upcoming 2018-19 season. The NAPHL saw over 90 alumni play in the NAHL during the 2017-18 season. In addition, four NAPHL alumni were selected in the 2018 NHL Draft and a total of 27 NAPHL alumni have been selected in the last six NHL Drafts.
“The beginning of the season is always an exiting time and there is no better stage to start our 10th anniversary season than at the NAHL Showcase. We have had several exciting changes in the off-season and we are eager to see what those look like on the ice. NAHL Central Scouting will once again be in full force at the opening event, so hopefully everyone can take advantage of the opportunity and make a good first impression,” said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski.
Each team will play in four games during the opening event in September and a total of five different events during the 2018-19 season. The five events that compose the NAPHL regular season schedule are spread amongst three locations in Minnesota, Michigan, and Texas. The season will conclude with the NAPHL Dixon Cup Championship. All teams will participate in the NAPHL Dixon Cup Championship in either a Gold (Championship) or Silver (Consolation) Division.
2018-19 NAPHL Schedule of Events
September 20-23, 2018 – Super Rink/Fogerty Arena– Blaine, Minnesota
October 19-22, 2018 – Super Rink – Blaine, Minnesota
November 9-12, 2018 – Dr Pepper StarCenters – Dallas, Texas
November 30 - December 3, 2018 – Super Rink – Blaine, Minnesota
January 18-21, 2019 – Troy Sports Center/Onyx Ice Arena – Detroit, Michigan (15U Championship)
February 15-18, 2019 – Troy Sports Center – Troy, Michigan (18U and 16U Championship)