NAPHL announces 2023 18U Top Prospects roster
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced the roster for the 18U T1ER Top Prospects team that will take part in the 2023 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held from February 6-7, 2023, at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
The NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament is played in conjunction with the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. The event is one of the most highly scouted events of its kind, with hundreds of junior, NCAA and NHL again expected in attendance this season.
The NAPHL 18U Top Prospects team is a collection of the best 18U players from the NAPHL T1ER League teams. It is a unique opportunity for the NAPHL because no other youth league provides their players with this type of exposure, which will include all 31 NAHL teams and hundreds of NCAA and NHL scouts. The team consists of 12 forwards, seven defensemen, and three goalies.
2023 NA3HL Top Prospects schedule (all times eastern, subject to change):
Monday, February 6th
9:00am: South vs. East
12:00pm: NAPHL vs. West
3:00pm: Central vs. Frontier
Tuesday, February 7th
8:00am: Frontier vs. South
9:30am: NAPHL vs. Central
12:30pm: East vs. West
The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement, which is again is highlighted this season by a large amount of advancement of players to the NAHL, which includes 100+ former players currently playing in the NAHL.
No other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the NAHL over the course of the last four seasons than the NAPHL. Last season, a record number of players were tendered or drafted into the NAHL and USHL in large part because of the showcase events like the NAPHL All-Star Games. With a strong handful of NCAA commitments, USHL call-ups and NAHL tenders already signed, the NAPHL is expecting another banner year in terms of player advancement, including those players appearing in this year’s Top Prospects Tournament.