Celebrating its 8th season in 2016-17, the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is made up of 44 teams teams from 22 programs that compete at the 18U, 16U and 15U USA Hockey Tier I level.
The NAPHL has established itself as one of the premier grounds for development and exposure. The success of teams on the National stage, as well as, the success of NAPHL players at the next levels of hockey, is further proof that the NAPHL is redefining exposure and has elevated itself to one of the premier training grounds for development and opportunity.
In 2016, the NAPHL set a new standard for player movement and recognition of its alumni. A record number of seven NAPHL alumni were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft, a record number of 64 NAPHL players were either tendered or drafted into the NAHL and 18 NAPHL players were selected in the 2016 USHL Draft.
In addition, a record total of 83 players that played in the NAPHL are currently on NAHL rosters to start the 2016-17 season,
The NAPHL is operated by the NAHL's experienced staff and provides an organized and competitive experience guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes.
The NAPHL is comprised of five regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament Series in which the top teams at each level compete for a league championship.
The NAPHL Championship Tournament Series will be held from February 12-15, 2016 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Championship games will be held at the Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth, Michigan and will in conjunction with the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament and the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament.
The NAPHL, which is sanctioned by USA Hockey, utilizes the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and is designed to maximize the exposure of all the Midget and Bantam participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events which attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts.