Second NAPHL East event gets started on Friday in Danbury
November 8, 2019
The month of November is a busy one for NAPHL teams as two events highlight the next two weekends beginning this weekend in Danbury, Connecticut as the Tier I Eastern Conference 18U teams take to the ice at the Danbury Arena.
There will be no admission charge for the event in Danbury. All games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV
This weekend’s event will also be played in cooperation with NAHL and NA3HL games on Saturday, November 9th. The NA3HL will be featured at 1:30pm with the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles taking on the Danbury Colonials. The NAHL will be featured at 7pm as the Maine Nordiques face-off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.
It has been a great week for NAPHL players signing NAHL tenders. NAHL tenders became active on November 1st and eight NAPHL players have already signed NAHL tenders to date. A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders, which include two (2) tenders exclusively used on players from the NAPHL.
For the 2019-20 season, the NAPHL will continue with a structure that features three different divisions. Teams were selected for the three different divisions based on USA Hockey Tier I, Tier II, or Prep/High School status. The NAPHL will offer four age classifications that will compete at the 18U, 16U, 15U, and 14U levels.
The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement, 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 three seasons than the NAPHL.
Over 80+ NAPHL alumni began the 2019-20 season on NAHL rosters.
This past season, over 110+ NAPHL alumni played in the NAHL and over 225 NAPHL alumni played in the NCAA. During the past three years, 160+ NAPHL players have signed an NAHL tender or been drafted into the NAHL, which is a testament to the success of the NAPHL to NAHL Ladder of Development model. In addition, a total of 28 NAPHL alumni have been selected in the last seven NHL Drafts.