SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
The Greatest Show on Ice, the 15th annual NAHL Showcase, begins in less than two weeks and will take place at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota from September 20-23, 2017. All 23 NAHL teams will play regular-season games at the Showcase, which is junior hockey’s most prominent and popular event of the entire season.
One of the things the NAHL does better than any other junior league is seeing their players earn an NCAA opportunity while playing and being showcased in the NAHL. A record number of 305 players made an NCAA commitment during the 2016-17 season, with 70% of those being NCAA Division I commitments. The NAHL Showcase plays a big role in that success, with dozens of players each season earning an NCAA Division I opportunity during and following their participation in the event.
The NAHL is also pleased to announce that the United States National Team Development Program 17-Team (NTDP) is playing two games at the NAHL Showcase as part of the event. On Friday, September 22nd they will face off against the Austin Bruins and on Saturday, September 23rd, the will face the Minnesota Magicians. The NAHL and the NTDP have a rich and productive history together, as the NTDP was a full-time member of the NAHL from 1997-2009 and has been a regular part of the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. The NTDP and NAHL will once again team up for the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament to be held at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan on February 26-27, 2018.
All NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live in HD through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
It will be the first event of the season for the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), which will also be played in conjunction with the Showcase from September 21-24. Now entering its ninth season, the NAPHL is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier I teams that compete in the 18U, 16U and 15U levels. The event will also feature 16 additional teams from the Tier I, High Performance Hockey League (HPHL). This marks the third straight Showcase that the NAHL has partnered with the High Performance Hockey League. The partnership between the NAHL and the HPHL further enhances the Showcase since all see numerous players commit to NCAA programs each season.
The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 350 professional, college and junior scouts. For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer.
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.