NAPHL releases 2014-15 game and event schedule
July 25, 2014
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced the complete schedule 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. 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 NAPHL, which will be celebrating its sixth season in 2014-15, is composed of 16 Midget Major (18U) and 16 Midget Minor (16U) teams from across North America that compete at the USA Hockey Tier I level. The NAPHL has established itself as the premiere training ground for development and is designed to maximize the exposure of all the participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events which attract hundreds of junior, college and professional scouts. Not only did several former NAPHL players get drafted by NHL clubs in the recent 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but dozens more are receiving scholarships to NCAA Division I schools and even more on top of that are being drafted and tendered by top junior programs across North America on an annual basis.
“We are witnessing an increasing number of players that developed and played in the NAPHL during the past five seasons, who have now moved onto success at the next levels of hockey with several NHL Draft picks and hundreds more now playing in the NCAA and junior hockey leagues like the NAHL. Because of this type of growth and success, the league continues to see a rise each season 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 games and 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.”
The season begins at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota from September 18-21. Not only will NAPHL face some tough competition amongst themselves, but several teams will compete in crossover games against teams from the High Performance Hockey League (HPHL) at the event, while others in the 16U Division will also face some at-large teams that are also competing in the first event of the 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 14-16, 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 13-16, 2015 – Troy Sports Center – Troy, Michigan (NAPHL Championship Series, all NAPHL teams)
The organizations for the 2014-15 season are (alphabetical): Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Arizona Bobcats, Bauer-Emerson Revolution, California Titans, Esmark Stars, Everett Jr. Silvertips, HC Dallas, Lansing Capitals, Madison Capitols, New Jersey Jr. Titans, Omaha AAA Hockey Club, Philadelphia Little Flyers, Pikes Peak Miners, Pursuit of Excellence, San Jose Jr. Sharks, St. Louis Selects and the 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 eight teams will then play in a consolation bracket. The NAPHL season will conclude with the annual Top Prospects Tournament. Details and a schedule for the 2015 NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament will be released on a future date.