The 10th anniversary season of NAPHL hockey continues this weekend with the fourth event of the 2018-19 season at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
The event begins on Friday, November 30th with the debut of the 14U Division, along with the NAPHL Showcase and Prep Divisions. The 14U Division is new to the NAPHL this year and will feature 12 teams competing for the NAPHL's 14U crown.
“The NAPHL Showcase and Prep Division teams really showed us something in October, so we look forward to further evaluation of the players. NAHL Central Scouting will again be out in full force at this weekend's event, so that should provide additional exposure for all of the NAPHL players looking to make an impression. We are also excited about the debut of our new 14U Division to see what kind of younger talent is out there,” said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski.
The new NAPHL Showcase Division is open to any youth hockey independent Tier I or top Tier II 18U and 16U teams within North America. Teams looking to join the new Showcase Division should contact NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski at email@example.com
The NAPHL has already seen 10 players tendered in the first month of the tender signing period, which began on November 1st.
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.