NAPHL leads the way again in advancement to NAHL
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce 20 current or former players were selected in the 2022 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Draft, which was held on Wednesday, June 15th.
In addition to the 20 players who were drafted, a record number of 66 players who played in the league during the 2021-22 season signed NAHL tenders for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
In total, a total of 86 NAPHL players were either drafted or tendered by NAHL teams for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
Entering its 14th season, the NAPHL has proved over the years that the league 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. No other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the NAHL over the course of the last five seasons than the NAPHL, which included over 80+ NAPHL alumni playing in the NAHL during the 2021-22 season.
“The benefits of the NAHL’s ladder of development exposure model that is exclusive to the NAPHL continues to be the foundation of the player advancement success. NAHL teams are seeing these players multiple times throughout a season and their selections are based on in-person scouting by multiple staff members at NAPHL events,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “In addition, NAPHL players have benefitted from attending NAHL Combines, NAHL team pre-draft tryout camps, and continued development in the FALL and SHOW Leagues, which have all added and contributed to the exposure opportunities. No other youth league in USA Hockey has a model like it and these results are one of the byproducts of the system.”
No other USA Hockey youth league does more for its players than the NAPHL. Operated by the full-time staff of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), who make it their mission to outperform others both on and off the ice in promoting its players. This includes two new faces in for the 2022-23 season as the league has hired Dennis Vickers as the new Director of the NAPHL and Kendall Hanley as Director of Officiating for the NAPHL.
NAPHL players are also continuously recognized on the league’s website and social media outlets, which receive millions of pageviews and social media engagements annually. This also includes broadcasts and play-by-play of every game on HockeyTV, highlights from every game on social media, monthly and yearly award recognition, feature stories, and real-time statistics.
Members of the NAPHL get the opportunity to attend some of the most dynamic and highly scouted events. Selected NAPHL events take place during the same time as NAHL events, which usually feature every NCAA Division 1 and every NHL team along with dozens of junior scouts under one roof. No matter what age classification you compete, the NAPHL provides the most dynamic vertical exposure structure designed specifically to educate, develop, expose and advance players in the NAPHL.
NAPHL players selected in the 2022 NAHL Draft (order of selection)
Dean Noonan, F, Odessa Jackalopes, Round 1, #18 (Arizona Bobcats, 2017-21)
Jared Kaplowitz, D, Philadelphia Rebels, Round 1, #20 (Nashville Jr. Predators, 2018-20)
Colby Browne, F, Bismarck Bobcats, Round 2, #31 (Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 2019-21)
Landon MacDonald, F, North Iowa Bulls, Round 2, #34 (MDHL, 2019-20)
Easton Zueger, D, Chippewa Steel, Round 2, #43 (Sioux Falls Power, 2018-19)
Gavin Waltz, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Round 2, #53 (Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 2017-20)
Jakob Karpa, D, Lone Star Brahmas, Round 2, #58 (Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 2017-18)
Tyler Chenevert, D, New Jersey Titans, Round 3, #64 (Valley Forge Minutemen, 2018-19)
Aidan Coupe, F, Maine Nordiques, Round 4, #94 (Arizona Bobcats, 2017-18)
Nick Troutwine, D, El Paso Rhinos, Round 4, #105 (Minnesota Wilderness, 2020-21)
Jack Herron, F, Odessa Jackalopes, Round 5, #128 (McKinney North Stars, 2020-21)
Matthew Hale, F, Janesville Jets, Round 5, #131 (New Hampshire Avalanche, 2020-21)
Dylan Glinski, F, Shreveport Mudbugs, Round 5, #144 (Meijer AAA, 2019-21)
Reese Tamburo, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, Round 6, #146 (Arizona Bobcats, 2018-20)
Zach Vockler, F, Aberdeen Wings, Round 6, #158 (Sioux Falls Power, 2019-20)
Kaiden Hafele, D, El Paso Rhinos, Round 7, #177 (Gentry Academy, 2018-19)
Braeden Kennedy, F, Amarillo Wranglers, Round 8, #211 (Northeast Generals, 2019-21)
Connor Bergeron, D, Lone Star Brahmas, Round 8, #232 (Tri State Spartans, 2020-21)
Matthew Nuzzolilo, F, Northeast Generals, Round 10, #278 (Northeast Generals, 2019-20)
Connor Stoffel, F, Springfield Jr. Blues, Round 12, #342 (Chippewa Falls Steel, 2020-22)