NAPHL releases 2014-15 event locations and dates
April 28, 2014
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced the event locations and dates for the 2014-15 season, including the first event of the season at the 12th annual NAHL Showcase, which will be held from September 18-21 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
The NAPHL, which will be celebrating its sixth anniversary season in 2014-15, is composed of Midget Major (18U) and Midget Minor (16U) teams from across North America that compete at the USA Hockey Tier I level. The success of teams on the National stage, as well as, the success of NAPHL players at the next levels of hockey, is further proof that the NAPHL is redefining exposure and has elevated itself to one of the premier training grounds for development and opportunity.
“Year in and year out, the league continues to see a rise in the standard of play because of the unique event schedule, balanced competition, event scouting system and quality coaching,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “We have another great year of events lined up for the 2014-15 season that continues to celebrate our players and grow the exposure that has been a trademark of the NAPHL since day one.”
Each NAPHL 18U team will play 24 regular season games and each NAPHL 16U team will play 20 regular season games during the 2014-15 season. The six events that compose the NAPHL regular season schedule are spread amongst four locations. The Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN and the Troy Sports Center in Troy, MI will each host two events, while the Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville, Illinois and Moylan IcePlex in Omaha, Nebraska will host the others.
2014-15 NAPHL Schedule of Events
September 18-21, 2014 – Schwan Super Rink – Blaine, Minnesota (all NAPHL teams)
October 17-20, 2014 – Canlan Ice Sports – Romeoville, Illinois (all NAPHL teams)
November 14-17, 2014 – Moylan IcePlex – Omaha, Nebraska (18U teams only)
December 5-8, 2014 – Schwan Super Rink – Blaine, Minnesota (all NAPHL teams)
January 16-19, 2015 – Troy Sports Center – Troy, Michigan (all NAPHL teams)
February 13-17, 2015 – Troy Sports Center – Troy, Michigan (NAPHL Championship Series)
March 20-22, 2015 – Fox Valley Ice Arena – Geneva, Illinois (NAPHL 18U Top Prospects Tournament)
Each NAPHL organization will field both an 18U and 16U team during the 2014-15 season. The 18U and 16U teams for the 2014-15 season are (alphabetical): Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Arizona Bobcats, California Titans, Esmark Stars, HC Dallas, Lansing Capitals, New Jersey Jr. Titans, Omaha AAA Hockey Club, Pikes Peak Miners, Pursuit of Excellence, San Jose Jr. Sharks, St. Louis Selects and West Michigan Hounds.
A minimum of four playoff games will be played in addition at the season-ending NAPHL Championship Series in February. The top eight teams in each division from the regular season will qualify for the championship playoff bracket. The remaining teams will then play in a consolation bracket.
In addition to the regular season event schedule, the NAPHL is planning on All-Star Games at both the 18U and 16U levels. Dates and locations for the games will be announced on a future date. The NAPHL season will conclude with the annual Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held on March 20-22, 2015 at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Illinois in cooperation with the NA3HL Silver Cup Championship Tournament.