The Tiger AAA teams (U15,U16, U18s) will all travel to Blaine Minnesota this week to open the NAPHL season. The weekend will see plenty of hockey and a great early season test for all three teams.
“We are excited to get the season started in Blaine and see the crop of new players that will be playing in the NAPHL this season. NAHL Central Scouting will be in full force at all the events, so that should provide additional exposure for all of the NAPHL players looking to make an impression,” said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski.
The NAPHL has established itself as one of the premier grounds for development and exposure, and is a great stepping-stone for development and training for young hockey players looking to gain experience and knowledge to work their way up to the National level. The success of teams on the National stage, as well as, the success of NAPHL players at the next levels of hockey, is further proof that the NAPHL is redefining exposure and has elevated itself as the leader in development and opportunity.
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.
The Tigers U15s are coming off the NHL cup weekend in Denver and will be in action against Arizona, CYA, Everett and Meijer over the course of the 4 day event.
U16s will battle a trio of Minnesota HS teams(Lakers, Moose, Loons) while also seeing the Sioux Falls Power and Ventura to round out the weekend. This will be the opening weekend for the U16s.
The U18 squad opens a pre tournament game Wednesday vs the MN Blue Army before they turn to NAPHL play against another trio of MN HS teams(Blizzard, Voyageurs, Ducks) before wrapping up the weekend with the Iowa Wild AAA.
Safe travels and good luck to all our Tigers Teams!