NAPHL announces additional Showcase Division teams for 2018-19 season
August 22, 2018
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced an additional 10 teams that will join the new Showcase Division in the NAPHL for the 2018-19 season, which will be the 10th season of the NAPHL.
Additional NAPHL Showcase Division Teams
Midget Major 18U: Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Iowa Wild, McKinney North Stars, Texas Tigers, Valley Forge Minutemen
Midget Minor 16U: Anaheim Jr. Ducks, McKinney North Stars, Texas Tigers, Ventura Mariners, Wenatchee Wilderness
The new NAPHL Showcase Division is open to any youth hockey independent Tier I or top Tier II 18U and 16U teams within North America. Teams looking to join the new Showcase Division should contact NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski at firstname.lastname@example.org
“We welcome some great organizations to the new Showcase Division, which is shaping up to be another big step in our evolution as a league. We have a mission to provide teams with the best opportunity to showcase and advance their players, so we are excited to add to our Showcase Division. This will only increase the ladder of development and number of opportunities between the NAHL, NA3HL, and NAPHL,” said NAPHL Director and NAHL Director of Player Personnel Tony Zasowski.
2018-19 NAPHL Showcase Division Event Schedule
October 19-22, 2018, Super Rink, Blaine, MN
November 30-December 2, 2018, Super Rink, Blaine, MN
January 18-21, 2019, Detroit, MI (Showcase Division Playoffs)
The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement in recent seasons, which is highlighted by a large amount of advancement of players to the North American Hockey League (NAHL). No other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the NAHL over the course of the last two seasons than the NAPHL. 48 players from the NAPHL were tendered to play in the NAHL for the upcoming 2018-19 season. The NAPHL saw over 90 alumni play in the NAHL during the 2017-18 season. In addition, four NAPHL alumni were selected in the 2018 NHL Draft and a total of 27 NAPHL alumni have been selected in the last six NHL Drafts.
Another one of the big advantages of the NAPHL is the exclusive NAHL Central Scouting system. It is one of the big reasons that the NAPHL is advancing more and more players on to the NAHL than ever before are the direct benefits associated being directly involved with one another. NAHL Central Scouting is dedicated to identifying NAPHL hockey players, evaluating them in a true unbiased manner and then organizing and providing that information to NAHL teams. No other midget league in the United States has a system like it, where its primary mission is the advancement of players.