Girls Tournament Series to join BTS in 2014-15
May 21, 2014
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce the debut of the Girls Tournament Series (GTS), along with the continuation of the Bantam Tournament Series (BTS), for the 2014-15 season.
The GTS will bring together four teams each from the 19U, 16U and 14U age groups from across North America to compete in a tournament operated by the experienced and professional NAHL staff. The BTS brings together Tier I 14U teams from across North America to compete in cooperation with select North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) events and North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) events.
“Over the course of the past two seasons, we have received some great feedback regarding our BTS events from teams, players and parents, so we felt it necessary to continue to enhance the exposure opportunities for the 14U level,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “Now with the addition of the GTS, we have taken the next step to provide an additional opportunity for girls teams, while opening up an entirely new base of scouting and exposure to those players as well. It is our mission and belief that the GTS will prove to be a very important part of the evolution of the college-bound player.”
The GTS event will be played at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota, from December 5-7, 2014, and held in cooperation with both the NA3HL Showcase and NAPHL Showcase in addition to the first BTS event of the season.
The BTS will feature two events during the 2014-15 season. The first will be played at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota, from December 5-7, 2014, and held in cooperation with both the NA3HL Showcase and NAPHL Showcase in addition to the inaugural GTS event. The second BTS event of the season will be played at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan, from January 16-18, 2015, and held in cooperation with the final NAPHL regular season showcase of the 2014-15 season.
In 2014-15, the GTS and BTS are highlighted by:
• Exposure to NCAA and junior scouts.
• Events coordinated and operated by the experienced and professional staff of the NAHL.
• Four-game guarantee for each event.
• Real-time statistics and game tracking provided by Pointstreak.
• Live online video broadcast of every game by FASTHockey, official broadcast provider to the NAHL.
• All events will be sanctioned by USA Hockey.
The application deadline is July 1, 2014. The tournament fee is $1,500 per team, per event, and is due with application.
Celebrating its 39th season in 2014-15, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) is the oldest and largest USA Hockey sanctioned junior circuit. The NAHL is a proven pathway for young adults between the ages of 16-20 to develop into outstanding collegiate and professional players while playing in some the nation’s state-of-the art facilities. The NAHL?is one of only two leagues under the USA Hockey classification system whose players do not have to pay to play junior hockey. In 2013-14, over 150 NAHL players committed to NCAA programs, with more to come.
The NAHL also uses its extensive marketing and media reach to promote the GTS and BTS, its programs and players through the league’s official Web site, NAHL.com and NAPHL.com, equipment supplier programs and award sponsors.