2020 NAPHL Dixon Cup Championship gets underway in Michigan
February 14, 2020
The 2020 North American Prospects Hockey League Dixon Cup Playoffs begin on Friday, February 14th at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan and the Onyx Ice Arena in Rochester, Michigan. The Dixon Cup annually crowns the playoff champions of the NAPHL.
All NAPHL 18U, 16U, and 15U Tier 1 teams will compete in the event and the NAPHL will also crown a champion in the Prep Division. The 16U, 15U, and Prep Division Championships will be played on Sunday night, while the 18U Championship will take place on Monday morning.
“The Dixon Cup is always an event that bring out the best in teams and players, and the games are always full of energy when the competition is at its peak like it will be this weekend,” said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski. “We have 30 NAPHL players to date who have signed NAHL tenders, but many more remain available, so I think the scouts this weekend in attendance will not only be eager to see how far the players have progressed, but also how they compete under pressure.”
All games will be broadcast live and in HD on HockeyTV
The NAPHL Championship trophies (Dixon Cup) are named after Dean Dixon, longtime coach of the NAPHL’s Lansing Capitals, one of the charter members of the NAPHL. In the Summer of 2013, Dixon was diagnosed with brain cancer. Even though the tumor was thought to be inoperable, it was successfully removed and Dean continued his fight through radiation and chemotherapy. On March 17, 2014, Dixon ultimately lost his battle with the disease, but his influence and legacy on the Capitals program and the NAPHL is something that will never be forgotten.
The NAPHL will use the International Point System for the Dixon Cup Championship.
3 points for a regulation win
2 points for an OT/Shootout win
1 point for an OT/Shootout loss
0 points for a regulation loss
Overtime and shootout procedures will remain the same as the regular season for the play-in portion. (4 minutes of 3 v. 3 then straight to a sudden death shootout w/same player able to shoot in multiple rounds).
In the Semifinals and Finals teams will play five minutes of 5 v. 5, followed by five minutes of 3 v. 3, then a 3 man shootout, then a sudden-death shootout if necessary.
Previous Dixon Cup Champions
2019: 18U-Thunder Bay Kings, 16U-Meijer AAA, 15U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2018: 18U-Esmark Stars, 16U-Arizona Bobcats, 15U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2017: 18U-Madison Capitols, 16U-Esmark Stars, 15U-Washington Little Caps
2016: 18U-Madison Capitols, 16U-Omaha AAA
2015: 18U-New Jersey Jr. Titans, 16U-Omaha AAA
2014: 18U-Omaha AAA, 16U-Lansing Capitals
2013: 18U-Indiana Jr. Ice, 16U-Omaha AAA
2012: 18U-California Titans, 16U-Indiana Jr. Ice, 14U-St. Louis Selects
2011: 18U-DC Capitals, 16U-Pikes Peak Miners, 14U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2010: 18U-California Titans, 16U-Pikes Peak Miners