For the 11th consecutive year, the Schwan Super Rink on the campus of the National Sports Center will host the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) annual Showcase Tournament, September 18-22.
All 24 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which has evolved into one of hockey’s most prominent and popular events of the entire season.
This year, three NAHL teams are based in Minnesota: Minnesota Magicians, Richfield; Austin Bruins, Austin; and the Minnesota Wilderness, Cloquet.
The event will also feature all 32 teams from the Tier I North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), eight additional teams from the Upper Midwest High School Elite League (UMHSEL) and 12 teams from the Tier I High Performance Hockey League (HPHL). In addition, there will be four at large Midget Minor 16U Tier I teams who will compete in the HPHL 16U division as a part of the five-day, 80-team showcase event. A complete schedule for all teams at the Showcase is expected to be released in the very near future.
“Each year the NAHL Showcase keeps getting bigger and better as we continue to serve our hockey community in the highest regard by providing all the players with unmatched exposure to the hundreds of scouts who will be in attendance,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “We believe that the 2013 NAHL Showcase is shaping up to be the best yet and will continue to provide a unique opportunity for all the players that compete and to all the scouts that attend this year’s event.”
For scouting purposes, the event 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.
It will be the first event of the season for the NAPHL, which will also be played in conjunction with the Showcase. Now entering its fifth anniversary season, the NAPHL is made up of 32 teams: 16 Midget Major (18U) and 16 Midget Minor (16U) that compete at the Tier I youth level.
This marks the third straight Showcase in which the NAHL has partnered with the Upper Midwest High School Elite League. At the Showcase, the Elite League will feature eight total teams. It also marks the second straight Showcase that the NAHL has partnered with the High Performance Hockey League. The partnerships between the NAHL and the Elite League and the HPHL further enhances the Showcase since all see numerous players commit to NCAA programs each season.
Traditionally, the NAHL Showcase Tournament attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 300 professional, college and junior scouts. For more information on the NAHL Showcase, visit www.nahlshowcase.com. For more information on the NAPHL, visit www.naphl.com.