NAPHL announces 2019-20 All-Star Game coaches and partners
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce the coaches and team name partners for the 2019-20 NAPHL 18U and 16U All-Star Games. The NAPHL 18U and 16U All-Star Games are scheduled for Sunday, December 15th at 6:30pm (18U) and 8:30pm (16U) at the NSC Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
The NAPHL is pleased to have the teams for each game named on behalf of league partners Warroad and Hockeywolf.
The 18U All-Star Coaches are Brian Sherry (Meijer AAA) and Darrin Nicholas (Thunder Bay Kings) for Team Warroad and Bryan Fuss (Sioux Falls Power) and Kevin Holmstrom (Colorado Springs Tigers) for Team Hockeywolf.
The 16U All-Star Coaches are Yuri Krivokhija (Esmark Stars) and Bryan Erikson (Northeast Generals) for Team Warroad and Brent Gough (Arizona Bobcats) and Turner Stevenson (Everett Silvertips Elite) for Team Hockeywolf
The NAPHL All-Star Games are a part of the NAPHL’s sixth regular season event of the season, which will also be played in cooperation with the 2019 NA3HL Showcase. The entire event will run from December 13-17, 2019. All games at the event in Blaine, including the NAPHL All-Star Games, will be broadcast live and in HD through HockeyTV.
In all the Tigers placed six players in the games as well as coach Holmstrom. The U18 trio of Taber Gutschick (1 assist), Erik Gibboney and Keaton French (Win) pulled out a late 3-2 win for Team white.
The U16 group of Nick Hallee, Connor Mariner and Lyndon Orr fought to a tight 4-5 game in the nightcap.
Each of the four teams consists of 21 players, including 12 forwards, six defensemen and three goaltenders.
The NAPHL All-Star Games will feature players who are leading the way in the NAPHL and many of whom are considered top prospects in North America in their respective birth-years. The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement, which is again is highlighted this season by a large amount of advancement of players to the NAHL, which includes 80+ former players currently playing in the 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.
The All-Star teams were selected based on nominations from coaches and player evaluations from NAHL Central Scouting throughout the first three months of the season. Additionally, consideration was given to the overall standings when determining the number of players selected from each team in addition to those players who have already signed NAHL tenders or made NCAA Division I commitments.