NA3HL announces 2015 Top Prospects Tournament
October 2, 2014
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced that the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, presented by Easton, will be held from February 23-24, 2015 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 120 total players from the NA3HL will be spread amongst six teams, who will play in two games each during the event. The event will feature teams that represent the five divisions in the NA3HL: Central, East, Frontier, South and West and a sixth NA3HL 18U Selects Team.
As a new element this year, the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament will played in conjunction with both the North American Hockey League's (NAHL) Top Prospects Tournament, along with the North American Prospects Hockey League's (NAPHL) Top Prospects Tournament. The event has quickly become one of the most highly-scouted events of its kind, with hundreds of junior, NCAA and NHL expected in attendance. Combined with the NAHL and NAPHL Top Prospects Tournaments this year, it will make for an exciting week of hockey and provides a great opportunity for every scout and coach to get a close look the talent in the three leagues.
Each team consists of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies) as chosen by the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament Selection Committee as nominated by the league's 31 head coaches.
The US National Team Development Program (NTDP) will also take part in the event, with the USNTDP 18-Team playing one of the NAHL Divisional Teams on Monday, February 23rd and then the USNTDP 17-Team facing the NAHL 18U Selects Team on Tuesday, February 24th. The NAHL and the NTDP have a rich and productive 12-year history together, as the NTDP was a full-time member of the NAHL from 1997-2009.
“With the addition of both USNTDP teams, as well as, the NAPHL and NA3HL Top Prospects Tournaments, we feel we have upgraded an already outstanding event and we are expecting the 2015 Top Prospects Tournament to be the best one to date,” said NAHL and NA3HL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “The event continues to provide the hundreds of scouts in attendance with a look at the best uncommitted players our leagues have to offer, as well as, some of our best, young stars. The addition of the USNTDP should take the competition to the next level and provide our players with a great opportunity to showcase their skills.”
2015 NA3HL Top Prospects schedule:
Monday, February 23rd: NA3HL Game 1, 9am – NA3HL Game 2, 12pm – NA3HL Game 3, 3pm
Tuesday, February 24th: NA3HL Game 4, 11:30am – NA3HL Game 5, 2:30pm – NA3HL Game 6, 5:30pm