Frisco, TX- The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the rosters for next month’s NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, presented by Combat Hockey, which will be held from February 18-20 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan.
In a very short period of time, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament has become one of the most highly-scouted events of its kind. Last season, over 160 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. Over a third of the players that competed in last year’s event ended up with an NCAA Division I opportunity.
At the event, six teams – Dakota, Frontier, Great Lakes, Midwest, Texas and the NAHL 18U Selects – will each play three games. Each team consists of a 20-man roster as nominated by the league’s 24 head coaches and then chosen by the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament head coaches and selection committee. Each of the teams will consist of 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goaltenders. The number of players represented by each NAHL team was based on each team’s winning percentage within their division as of January 14th. In addition, there were three wild card players selected to play on the Frontier team.
Representing the Springfield Jr. Blues are forwards Mike Fazio, Brett Skibba, Ryan Atkinson and defensemen Alex Baskakov. The Jr. Blues were granted 4 players in the tournament and will be teamed up with players from the Topeka RoadRunners, Coulee Region Chill, Janesville Jets and Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings.
2013 NAHL Top Prospects schedule:
Monday, February 18th: 2:00pm – Dakota vs. Great Lakes; 4:30pm – NAHL 18U Selects vs. Midwest; 7:00pm – Frontier vs. Texas
Tuesday, February 19th: 2:00pm – NAHL 18U Selects vs. Dakota; 4:30pm – Frontier vs. Midwest; 7:00pm – Great Lakes vs. Texas
Wednesday, February 20th: 9:00am – Frontier vs. NAHL 18U Selects; 11:30am – Texas vs. Dakota; 2:00pm – Midwest vs. Great Lakes
In conjunction with the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, all North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) teams – Midget Major and Midget Minor will compete in the NAPHL Championship Tournament Series for the right to be crowned league champions. That event runs from February 15-18, also at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan.
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) will also have representation at the Top Prospects Tournament, as all 17 teams will compete in their second league-wide Showcase of the season. Teams will play between 3-4 regular season games from February 17-20 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan.
For more information on the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, visit http://www.nahltopprospects.com
For more information on the NAPHL, visit http://www.naphl.com
For more information on the NA3HL, visit http://www.na3hl.com