NAPHL, Future Prospects event begins Friday
October 20, 2016
The 2016-17 North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) regular season resumes in one week, with its second event of the year taking place from October 21-24 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN. All NAPHL teams will compete at the event.
The weekend also marks the debut of the NAPHL’s 15U Division. A total of nine teams make up the NAPHL’s 15U Division for the 2016-17 season. The addition of the NAPHL 15U Division earlier this season coincided with USA Hockey’s announcement that they have added a 15-year-old National Championship in addition to its slate of 2017 and 2018 Youth Tier I National Championship Tournaments.
In addition, several teams outside the NAPHL will be participating in the first Future Prospect Tournament event of the 2016-17 season, which features guest teams at the 14U, 16U and 18U levels.
All NAPHL games at the event will be broadcast live over the Internet through HockeyTV/FASTHockey.
There promises to be some great action at this event with several of the top teams in the standings facing off against one another in both divisions.
In addition, NAHL Central Scouting will be at the event in full force, scouting both NAPHL and Future Prospect Tournament games. NAHL Central Scouting is lead by Craig Barnett, Coordinator of Player of Personnel for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL. Barnett’s primary role is to coordinate the scouting at all NAPHL events, and to promote player advancement and to supply information to NAHL, NCAA and other junior and collegiate coaches. This is the fifth year of the scouting initiative and proved to be very successful in assisting NAPHL coaches in promoting their players to the next level of hockey.
The Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Schwan Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.
In an effort to provide more opportunity to NAPHL players in Blaine, the NAHL has once again tasked Craig Barnett to present a NCAA Compliance and Education seminar. The Education and Compliance seminar will cover several topics including the differences between NCAA Division I and III hockey, an introduction to the NCAA Eligibility Center and important soon-to-be changes, Academic requirements needed to compete at the NCAA level, and how the college recruiting process works.
All teams will attend the seminars and parents are also encouraged to attend as well. The presentations will be scheduled for Friday, October 21st for the FPT teams and Saturday, October 22 for the NAPHL teams in the Grand Hall of the National Sports Center located in the building directly to the right of the Schwan Super Rink.
NCAA Seminar Schedule
Friday, October 21
3:45-4:30pm - FPT All 14U teams and selected 18U teams
4:45-5:30pm - FPT All 16U teams and selected 18U teams
Saturday, October 22
10-10:45am – 16U: Madison, St. Louis, Thunder Bay, Washington, New Jersey, HC Dallas, Arizona
12-12:45pm – 16U: Rocky Mountain, Omaha, Meijer, Northern Cyclones, Pursuit of Excellence, Everett, Valley Forge, California, Colorado Springs
2-2:45pm – All 15U Teams
4-4:45pm – 18U: Omaha, Shattuck St. Mary’s, Colorado Springs, Washington, California Titans, Meijer, Arizona, Pursuit of Excellence, Rocky Mountain, Esmark, Madison.
5:45-6:30pm 18U: HC Dallas, Thunder Bay, Valley Forge, Wenatchee, Northern Cyclones, St. Louis