Dixon Cup faces off on Friday in snowy Michigan
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) begins its T1ER Dixon Cup and PREP League Playoffs and Championship on Friday, February 18th in suburban Detroit, Michigan.
Important Note: Due to the weather conditions in the area on Thursday, February 17th, several teams had their travel plans canceled or delayed. As a result, the original schedule of both times and match-ups in some cases has been altered to accommodate everyone. Please keep checking the schedule online throughout the event. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Now in its 13th season in 2021-22, the NAPHL T1ER League is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned teams that compete in the 18U, 16U, 15U and 14U levels.
There will be Playoff Champions crowned in the 18U, 16U, 15U, and 14U Divisions in the T1ER League in addition to the PREP League.
Three different arenas will be used this weekend, which includes the Troy Sports Center, Suburban Ice Rochester, and Suburban Ice Macomb.
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Previous Dixon Cup Tier 1 Champions
2021: 18U-Northstar Knights, 16U-Florida Alliance, 15U-CarShield AAA, 14U-Arizona Bobcats and Colorado Springs Tigers
2020: 18U-Meijer AAA, 16U-Gentry Academy, 15U-CarShield AAA
2019: 18U-Thunder Bay Kings, 16U-Meijer AAA, 15U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2018: 18U-Esmark Stars, 16U-Arizona Bobcats, 15U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2017: 18U-Madison Capitols, 16U-Esmark Stars, 15U-Washington Little Caps
2016: 18U-Madison Capitols, 16U-Omaha AAA
2015: 18U-New Jersey Jr. Titans, 16U-Omaha AAA
2014: 18U-Omaha AAA, 16U-Lansing Capitals
2013: 18U-Indiana Jr. Ice, 16U-Omaha AAA
2012: 18U-California Titans, 16U-Indiana Jr. Ice, 14U-St. Louis Selects
2011: 18U-DC Capitals, 16U-Pikes Peak Miners, 14U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2010: 18U-California Titans, 16U-Pikes Peak Miners
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.