Sixth event of NAPHL season faces off in Blaine
December 13, 2019
The sixth event of the 2019-20 NAPHL season gets underway on Friday as the league returns to the NSC Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota for four days of hockey action.
All games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV
This weekend’s event features the 18U and 16U High Performance, Elite, and Showcase Division teams. This weekend also features the 2019-20 NAPHL 18U and 16U All-Star Games, which are scheduled for Sunday, December 15th at 6:30pm (18U) and 8:30pm (16U).
This weekend's event is played in cooperation with the 2019 NA3HL Showcas, which runs from December 15-17 at the Super Rink. All NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase, which is annually one of the most well-attended and scouted events of the entire season for the league, attracting college and junior scouts alike. The NA3HL Showcase brings every NA3HL team under one roof, which allows scouts to see all the great talent the league has to offer. Not only does the showcase see a large presence of NCAA scouts but NAHL Central Scouting is also in attendance, furthering the chances for players to earn a call up to the NAHL.
For the 2019-20 season, the NAPHL will continue with a structure that features three different divisions. Teams were selected for the three different divisions based on USA Hockey Tier I, Tier II, or Prep/High School status. The NAPHL will offer four age classifications that will compete at the 18U, 16U, 15U, and 14U levels.
The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement, 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 three seasons than the NAPHL.
Over 80+ NAPHL alumni began the 2019-20 season on NAHL rosters.
This past season, over 110+ NAPHL alumni played in the NAHL and over 225 NAPHL alumni played in the NCAA. During the past three years, 160+ NAPHL players have signed an NAHL tender or been drafted into the NAHL, which is a testament to the success of the NAPHL to NAHL Ladder of Development model. In addition, a total of 28 NAPHL alumni have been selected in the last seven NHL Drafts.