T1ER and FALL League event set to go in Blaine
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) returns to the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota beginning Friday, October 14th for the second event of the 2022-23 NAPHL T1ER League and also the 2022 FALL League Championship. The event runs from October 14-17.
The October weekend marks the second event for the T1ER League and is the Pre-Tender Distribution Showcase. It is a prime opportunity for players to showcase their abilities as this event is strategically timed right before the release of tenders to NAHL clubs.
What is a tender? 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 10 tenders, plus or minus any trades, which become active on November 1.
The T1ER 18U and 16U league games were purposefully scheduled on Sunday and Monday for this event. This was done to avoid conflicts with junior clubs playing their own games in an effort for more NAHL scouts and coaches to see more T1ER prospects.
A record number of 66 players who played in the league during the 2021-22 season signed NAHL tenders for the 2022-23 season.
The time has also come to crown a new champion of the FALL league!
Eight teams at the 18U and 16U level will compete for the title as this weekend will be an exciting conclusion to three very competitive events. This championship is scheduled alongside the T1ER Pre-Tender Release Showcase and with the addition of NAHL Central Scouting, creates an exciting atmosphere that maximizes exposure for the athletes.
The FALL league will be wrapping up its third season this weekend and we look forward to another fantastic finish to what has already been an intense and fierce first two events.
At the 18U level the Fairbanks Ice Dogs will try and win back-to-back championships after coming away with a dramatic 4-3 win over the Austin Bruins in 2021. Then at the 16U level it was the Austin Bruins skating off with the title. The Shreveport Mudbugs won both the 18U and 16U championships back in the inaugural 2020 FALL season.
All games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV
The NAPHL's T1ER League is comprised of teams at the 18U, 16U, 15U, and 14U age groups that compete in a full NAPHL season at highest level for USA Hockey, which includes strategically located and scheduled showcases during the 2022-23 season. Additionally, two Showcases for 13U, 12U and 11U teams were created to help educate the players and parents about the T1ER landscape and to provide them a great hockey experience.
For the 2022-23 season, T1ER teams will compete in a combination of league-wide and regional conference exposure events. The league-wide showcases will continue to bring everyone under one roof to make it easier for the junior and college scouts to attend and evaluate. The regional conference exposure events will cut down on team travel and enhance regional rivalries, all to contain the growing cost of travel and bring more value and excitement to the participants.