NAPHL announces new Showcase Division for 2018-19 season
June 15, 2018
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that 24 teams from the Central States Developmental Hockey League (CSDHL) will be an initial part of an exciting and new Showcase Division in the NAPHL for the 2018-19 season, which will be the 10th season of the NAPHL.
The new NAPHL Showcase Division is open to any youth hockey independent Tier I or top Tier II 18U and 16U teams within North America. Teams looking to join the new Showcase Division should contact NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski at firstname.lastname@example.org
“As we enter our 10th anniversary season, we continue to try and evolve with the changing landscape of youth hockey and provide teams with the best opportunity to showcase and advance their players, so we are excited to partner with a great league like the CSDHL. This will only increase the ladder of development and number of opportunities between the NAHL, NA3HL, and NAPHL,” said NAPHL Director and NAHL Director of Player Personnel Tony Zasowski.
The CSDHL is a highly competitive USA Hockey-certified hockey league specifically designed for the elite youth hockey teams within the Midwest and Southwestern United States. Their goal is to develop and promote the development of youth hockey by offering, establishing, and maintaining the highest standards of excellence and sportsmanship in the individualized and team play.
For the 2018-19 season, the new Showcase Division will feature two events of regular season league play in Blaine, Minnesota, with playoffs then in January in Detroit, Michigan.
2018-19 NAPHL Showcase Division Event Schedule
October 19-22, 2018, Schwan Super Rink, Blaine, MN
November 30-December 2, 2018, Schwan Super Rink, Blaine, MN
January 18-21, 2019, Detroit, MI (Showcase Division Playoffs)
Midget Major 18U: Affton, Arizona, Blues, Bruins, Cyclones, Falcons, Hawks, Huskies, Leafs, Littleton, Sabres.
Midget Minor 16U: Affton, Blues, Bruins, Chesterfield, Cyclones, Falcons, Hawks, Icedogs, Leafs, Littleton, Peoria, Sabres, Vikings.
The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement in recent seasons, which is highlighted by a large amount of advancement of players to the North American Hockey League (NAHL). No other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the NAHL over the course of the last two seasons than the NAPHL. 48 players from the NAPHL have been tendered to play in the NAHL for the upcoming 2018-19 season. During the past two years, 120 NAPHL players have signed an NAHL tender or been drafted into the NAHL, a remarkable total.
Another one of the big advantages of the NAPHL is the exclusive NAHL Central Scouting system. It is one of the big reasons that the NAPHL is advancing more and more players on to the NAHL than ever before are the direct benefits associated being directly involved with one another. NAHL Central Scouting is dedicated to identifying NAPHL hockey players, evaluating them in a true unbiased manner and then organizing and providing that information to NAHL teams. No other midget league in the United States has a system like it, where its primary mission is the advancement of players.