Fall League takes to the ice on Saturday
The 2022-23 North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) season officially gets underway on Saturday as the FALL League takes to the ice at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. The full event will take place from September 3-5.
This is the first NAPHL event of the 2022-23 season, which is the 14th season of the NAPHL. This will be the third season of the FALL League.
This NAPHL FALL League is designed to give U18 and U16 teams the ability to play in a league within a shortened window of time before the Minnesota and Wisconsin high school seasons begin.
There will be three events, all of which are at the Super Rink in Blaine, MN, which will all take place before the high school seasons begin. The first event will take place from September 3-5. The second event will take place from September 15-18 in cooperation with the NAHL Showcase. The third and final event will take place from October 15-17 in Blaine, Minnesota, and will be the Fall League Playoff Championship.
Each team playing in the NAPHL Fall League will be named after an NAHL team and be represented as such. The NAPHL Fall League events are designed to maximize exposure for the players and bring together teams for likeminded and enhanced competition. Players will also participate in seminars that discuss the NAHL junior hockey experience, the ladder of development, as well as NCAA compliance seminars.
NAHL teams that are taking part in the Fall League with youth teams are: Austin Bruins, Chippewa Steel, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Janesville Jets, Kenai River Brown Bears, Minnesota Wilderness. St. Cloud Norsemen, and Wisconsin Windigo.
Members of the NAPHL get the opportunity to attend some of the most dynamic and highly scouted events. Every member is guaranteed the opportunity to compete at the NAHL Showcase, which features every NCAA Division 1 and every NHL team along with dozens of junior scouts under one roof. No matter what age classification, the NAPHL provides the most dynamic vertical exposure structure designed specifically to educate, develop, expose and advance players in the NAPHL.
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.
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.