NAHL, NA3HL partner with Elite Edge
April 29, 2015
Entering its 10th season of connecting top hockey talent with prospective college and junior teams, the Elite Edge Hockey Showcase is happy to announce a partnership with one of North America’s best junior hockey leagues.
Elite Edge and the North American Hockey League (NAHL) will work together this year to bring the most NAHL teams ever to Nashville for this year’s showcase (June 14-17 at A-Game Sportsplex, Franklin, Tennessee, home to the Nashville Jr. Predators in the NA3HL). This year there will be more than 10 NAHL teams represented at Elite Edge.
“The North American Hockey League and its team have become good partners over the years and this just adds to that relationship,” said Elite Edge program director Brandon Walker. “Elite Edge alumni are playing and succeeding throughout the league and the coaches who attend annually are excited about Elite Edge players.”
This year the North American Hockey League will have as many coaches possible in attendance for the Elite Edge Hockey Showcase – as well as additional coaches from the NA3HL, the NAHL’s development league. Also, North American Hockey League’s central scouting service will be on site to provide reports to teams who are not in attendance. Players in all three Elite Edge Divisions will take part in seminars with league officials and coaches – learning about the league and the opportunities offered to their players.
"Elite Edge has been a long-time partner of the NAHL and they share our vision of providing the best opportunity for players. This type of camp offers unmatched exposure in the region and has a proven track record of development. They go above in beyond in showcasing the players to a established network of scouts and have an impressive list of alumni that solidify their mission,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld.
Elite Edge Hockey Showcase alumni are among the league leaders in several categories in NAHL play this season. Zach Yoder (Janesville Jets - Woodstock, GA – committed to Air Force Academy), Brandon Schultz (Janesville Jets – Fort Meyers, FL) and Mitch Fossier (Janesville Jets – Alpharetta, GA – committed to University of Maine), Austin Beaulieu (Wichita Falls Wildcats – Coral Springs, FL – committed to University of Alabama-Huntsville) and Conner Wood (Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Buford, GA – committed to University of Alabama-Huntsville) all had banner years this year in NAHL action.
“The quality of players that we have coming through the Elite Edge program has gained the attention of the North American Hockey League and coaches are coming here with the intention of finding players for the future,” said Walker. “Over the length of our program players develop relationships with coaches and it leads to opportunities for them over time. Some of the biggest success stories of Elite Edge players advancing to college come through the North American Hockey League.”
Last year the Bismarck Bobcats, Springfield Jr. Blues, Austin Bruins, Aberdeen Wings, Topeka Roadrunners, Minnesota Magicians, Lone Star Brahmas, Minnesota Wilderness and Amarillo Bulls were at the Elite Edge Hockey Showcase.