NAPHL alumni prominent at NAHL Top Prospects Tournament
February 25, 2020
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce that 14 former players recently were selected to and participated in the 2020 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Top Prospects Tournament, which took place from February 17-18, 2020 at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
The 14 former NAPHL players participating in the event is three more than the 2019 total of 11 players.
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly-scouted events in junior hockey. Over 200 scouts attended this year’s event, which included all 26 NAHL head coaches and also featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. It continues to be an important part of the NAHL event model, which includes the NAHL Showcase in September and the NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship in May.
“We are very proud of these 14 NAPHL alumni that participated in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament and hope that it continues their next steps in advancement towards an NCAA commitment,” said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski. “We are seeing more and more former NAPHL players have success in the NAHL and the ladder of development numbers keep getting more and more each season.”
One of the things the NAHL does better than any other junior league is seeing their players earn an NCAA opportunity while playing and being showcased in the NAHL. To date, 196 players have already made NCAA commitments during the 2019-20 season.
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament plays a big role in that success, with over half of the players who played in last year’s Top Prospects Tournament, earning an NCAA Division I opportunity following their participation in the event. The event continues to provide the hundreds of NHL and NCAA scouts in attendance with a look at the best uncommitted players the NAHL has to offer, as well as, some potential NHL Draft picks.
The NAPHL had 14 former players that participated in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. They were (alphabetical):
Leo Bacallao, F, Springfield Jr. Blues (Madison Capitols, 2016-19)
Tyrone Bronte, F, WBS Knights (Meijer AAA, 2015-17)
Seamus Campbell, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues (CarShield AAA, 2018-19)
Nico DeVita, D, Aberdeen Wings (Everett Silvertips Elite, 2016-19)
Tyler Deweese, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs (West Michigan Hounds, 2014-15)
Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks (Esmark Stars, 2015-17)
Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel (Sioux Falls Power, 2017-18)
Reid Leibold, F, Maryland Black Bears (Washington Little Caps, 2017-18)
Bret Link, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs (Alaska Oilers, 2017-19)
Tod Philibert, D, Corpus Christi IceRays (Meijer AAA, 2016-17)
Luc Salem, D, Topeka Pilots (California Titans, 2015-16)
Jordan Strand, D, WBS Knights (Sioux Fals Power, 2017-18)
Aaron Swanson, F, Maryland Black Bears (Madison Capitols, 2014-17)
Jake Vaughan, F, Chippewa Steel (Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 2016-17)