NAPHL September Showcase gets underway Thursday
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) will have its first T1ER event of the 2021-22 season in addition to the second event of the FALL League season this weekend at the Super Rink in Blaine, MN, which will also be played in conjunction with the Showcase.
Entering its 13th season in 2021-22, the NAPHL is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned teams that compete in the 18U, 16U, 15U and 14U levels. NAPHL teams will compete at the NAHL Showcase from September 16-19.
Traditionally, the NAHL Showcase attracts close to 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 300 junior, NCAA and professional scouts. Over 180+ scouts checked in on Day 1 of the event, which began on Wednesday.
All games will be broadcast live through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAPHL.
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Important Note: The Fall Showcase September 16th-19th in Blaine, MN is the only NAPHL Event during the season that is ticketed. This is due to the fact that it is held in conjunction with the NAHL Showcase featuring all 29 NAHL teams as well as the US National Development Team. Please be sure to review the ticket prices and policies.
“We are excited to get another season started in Blaine and see the crop of new players that will be playing in the NAPHL this season. Each season we see a rise in the number of scouts at the event and this year will be no exception. We are excited to get a first look at all the new talent,” said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski.
Founded in 2009 and celebrating its 13th season in 2021-22, the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is the NAPHL is the premier training ground for development, exposure, and opportunity. During the 2021-22 season, the NAPHL will be made up of four different leagues: Tier 1, Fall, Showcase (Tier II), and Prep (High School).
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 three seasons than the NAPHL.
This past season, over 110+ NAPHL alumni played in the NAHL and over 225 NAPHL alumni played in the NCAA. In addition, a record-breaking total of 89 NAPHL players were either drafted or tendered by NAHL teams for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
During the past four years, 200+ 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 30 NAPHL alumni have been selected in the last eight NHL Drafts.