Bauer-Emerson Prep Academy accepted into NAPHL
July 24, 2014
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that the Bauer-Emerson Prep Academy has been accepted as members of the NAPHL for the 2014-15 season. The organization will field full-time teams at both the Tier I 18U and 16U levels and be known as the Bauer-Emerson Revolution.
Distinctly unique among schools nationwide, the Bauer-Emerson Prep Academy offers students an equal balance of academic and athletic training, with all programs completed during the school day -- allowing students a balanced life with their families. By fortifying the robust academic school day with ice training, off-ice training and hockey IQ, the Academy doubles the standard development and training of other programs, with a training-to-game ratio of 4:1. The school was recently granted a full in-season hockey charter for the 2014-15 season, with elite sanctioning by Minnesota Hockey -- the statewide governing body of amateur hockey in Minnesota, and an affiliate of USA Hockey. Bauer-Emerson’s Revolution Tier 1 AAA Hockey Team fields players at the U19, U16 and U14 levels for girls, and at the U18, U16 and U14 levels for boys.
“Adding the Bauer-Emerson Revolution to the NAPHL strengthens our league as a whole and gives us a very competitive line-up for the 2014-15 season,” said NAHL Commissioner and NAPHL President Mark Frankenfeld. “Bauer-Emerson has some very strong leadership in place both on and off the ice and their program guidelines and mission are a perfect fit for a team competing in the NAPHL.
“Becoming a member of the NAPHL is a real honor for us. Being accepted into the league for our inaugural season offers the program immediate access to great competition and schedules. The exposure for our highly focused student players will be a real advantage as they develop,” said Bauer-Emerson Co-Founder Tom Forsythe.
With the current NAPHL membership at 18 different organizations and 32 member clubs, the line-up for the 2014-15 NAPHL season is now final. A complete 2014-15 schedule will be released very soon. 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.
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.
The athletes participating in the Revolution Tier 1 AAA hockey program are students at the Bauer-Emerson Prep Academy. The Academy is a private school based in North St. Paul, Minnesota, serving students in grades 3 through 12. They are dedicated to building a strong academic foundation and teaching lifelong learning skills that will help the student-athlete realize their educational goals. The school offers a robust and engaging academic curriculum that allows every student the opportunity to maximize their potential by receiving an individualized level of instruction unmatched by other schools. The goal is to provide a quality education for every student-athlete in a unique, supportive environment.
Steve Briere will serve as Executive Vice President and Goaltending Director. Briere brings over 30 years of goaltending experience to the Bauer-Emerson program, with a 10 year professional career playing in the AHL, IHL, ECHL and Europe. Upon retirement Steve made the transition from professional goaltender to professional goalie coach at the NHL, NCAA, USHL, NAHL, SJHL levels.
Lee Goren will serve as VP of Hockey Operations, and Head Coach of the school’s 18U boy's team. Goren’s impressive hockey background includes an NHL career with the Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks, as well as playing professionally in Europe. Most recently he served as Assistant Men’s Hockey Coach at St Olaf College.
Tony Gruba will serve as Executive Director of Bauer-Emerson’s Revolution Tier 1 Hockey Program. Gruba was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL and also played minor league hockey. He has spent the last several years coaching youth hockey and developing the curriculum for the Hockey iQ Academy, which focuses on helping players develop the mental aspects of the game to complement their physical skills.
For more details on the Bauer-Emerson Tier 1 Revolution, please visit their website at: www.revolutiontier1hockey.com