NAPHL announces new East Conference for 2019-20 season
April 18, 2019
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced a new East Conference for 18U and 16U Tier I teams for the 2019-20 season. The NAPHL East Conference will provide an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes and Tier I programs in the area.
The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement, 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 three seasons than the NAPHL.
“With the increased growth and presence of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) in the East, which includes our successful seven-team East Division, there has been significant interest by our teams and coaches to include the Eastern part of the United States in our Ladder of Development footprint with the NAPHL,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “The NAPHL events will not only open the teams of the NAPHL East Conference to an entirely new scouting base in Minnesota and Michigan, but our new NAPHL events in the East will allow the NAHL teams to expand their scouting presence to the area. With the NAHL growing to 26 teams in 2019-20, there is additional opportunity, particularly with those in our East Division.”
The NAHL’s East Division will feature seven teams in the 2019-20 season: Jamestown Rebels (Jamestown, NY), Johnstown Tomahawks (Johnstown, PA), Maine Nordiques (Lewiston, Maine), Maryland Black Bears (Odenton, MD), New Jersey Titans (Middletown, NJ), Northeast Generals (North Attleboro, MA), and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (Pittston, PA).
2019-20 NAPHL East Conference Schedule of Events
September 19-22, 2019 – Blaine, Minnesota
October 4-7, 2019 – Attleboro, Massachusetts
November 8-11, 2019 – Danbury, Connecticut
January 31-February 2, 2020 – Middletown, New Jersey
February 14-17, 2020 – Detroit, Michigan
The NAPHL East Conference will enjoy the same benefits as the other NAPHL Tier I High Performance and Elite Divisions, which include: NAHL team presence at all events, live broadcasts of all games on HockeyTV, a four-game guarantee for each event, USA Hockey rules and officials, and a season-ending 18U Top Prospects Tournament for junior-eligible players.
Another one of the big advantages of the NAPHL is the exclusive NAHL tendering system, which will be extended to those teams in the new NAPHL East Conference. A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team.
During the past three years, 160+ NAPHL players have signed an NAHL tender or been drafted into the NAHL, which is a testament to the success of the NAPHL to NAHL Ladder of Development model.
The NAPHL East Conference will also benefit from the exclusive NAHL Central Scouting system. It is one of the big reasons that the NAPHL continues to advance more and more players on to the NAHL than ever before thanks direct benefits associated being directly involved with one another. NAHL Central Scouting is dedicated to identifying NAPHL hockey players, evaluating them in a true unbiased manner and then organizing and providing that information to NAHL teams. No other midget league in the United States has a system like it, where its primary mission is the advancement of players.
This past season, over 110+ NAPHL alumni played in the NAHL and over 225 NAPHL alumni played in the NCAA. In addition, 40 players from the NAPHL have been tendered to play in the NAHL for the upcoming 2019-20 season.