2017 NA3HL Showcase begins on Sunday
The 2017 North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Showcase is finally here and is taking place from December 17-19, 2017 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. This season marks the eighth straight year the NA3HL will hold a league-wide Showcase, which features some of the best junior talent in the United States.
The NA3HL Showcase will feature all 42 NA3HL teams playing in one regular season game per day, for a total of 21 games per day during the three-day event. The 2017 NA3HL Showcase schedule pairs up evenly matched teams against one another based on the current standings, which is designed to have cross-divisional games with balanced competition.
“The NA3HL Showcase is an event we circle on the calendar every year and this year is going to be another exciting three days of competition that is all about opportunity for the players,” said NA3HL Commissioner Denny Scanlon. “We were very pleased with the event last year, which featured a format of evenly matched teams paired against one another based on current standings, and we will continue that again this year. The timing of the Showcase also comes at a great time for both college and junior scouts to attend.”
Scouts will receive complimentary admission to the NA3HL Showcase. Proper identification and team/league affiliation must be presented at the admission counter in order to receive a scout pass.Scout packet includes a pass for entrance into the Schwan Super Rink for all three days of the event, access to the scout room, which will include catered food and beverage throughout the event, a tournament program and line charts for each game.
Another benefit of the NA3HL’s direct relationship with the NAHL is the presence of NAHL Central Scouting. A team of dedicated and knowledgeable scouts will be on hand at the Showcase evaluating NA3HL players in a true unbiased manner. That information on all players is then organized and provided to NAHL teams and college coaches. In a system that no other junior league in the United States has, individual player scouting profiles are then uploaded into the Rink Net database, the same service used by NCAA and NHL teams. NAHL Central Scouting is lead by Tony Zasowski, Director of Player of Personnel for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL. His primary role is to coordinate the scouting at all events, and to promote player advancement and to supply information to NAHL, NCAA and other junior and collegiate coaches.
As an additional element to the program this season, an NCAA education and compliance seminar will be presented to all players, coaches and parents during the NA3HL Showcase. This will be the same presentation used in NAHL seminars and the focus will be on differences between NCAA Division I, Division III and ACHA, the breakdown of NCAA I conference landscape, NCAA Initial Eligibility information including important new rules going into effect this season and how future players will be affected, the recruiting process and how to market yourself.