Registration for 2020 NAHL Combines now open
December 23, 2019
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has the announced the dates and locations for the 2020 Combines, which are now open for registration. The NAHL Combines are driven by the North American Hockey League and operated by the NAHL’s professional staff in order to serve the most valuable asset to hockey… the players.
The goal is to provide the aspiring hockey player to take part in a one-of-a-kind experience that is designed to maximize exposure at grand-scale events that provide a true look and feel of the genuine NAHL Experience. NAHL Combines are carefully designed to provide an Education, Exposure, and Experience for prospects that strive to advance their hockey development at the junior hockey and college level.
There are combines for two three different age groups:
Junior (2000 to 2004 birth years): Highlight exposure to scouts and junior coaches - Continue education about proven pathway to NCAA hockey via the NAHL’s Ladder of Development - Provide an experience that will help in the player’s next steps in pursuit of playing junior hockey.
16U (2004 or 2005 birth years): Reinforce education about the proven pathway to the NCAA through junior hockey - Emphasize evaluation and further exposure to NAHL and NA3HL coaches and scouts - Provide a realistic experience of a junior tryout.
14U (2006 or 2007 birth years): Focus on educating players on USA Hockey’s path to junior and collegiate hockey as they enter high school - Provide exposure to junior hockey on-ice habits and tools for success - Offer evaluation from NAHL and NA3HL coaches, as well as exposure to scouts from all levels.
Register for NAHL Combines at: http://nahl.com/combines/
Education ensures the players are provided knowledge about NCAA compliance and eligibility, recruiting processes, the correct and legitimate path to college hockey, as well as an in-depth look at the three different tiers of junior hockey. This includes seminars that discuss the NAHL junior hockey experience, the ladder of development, as well as, NCAA compliance seminars.
Exposure means that players compete in front of junior and college scouts and gain additional exposure through NAHL Central Scouting. With NAHL Tryout Camps and the NAHL Draft taking place from May through July, NAHL Combines are a perfect indicator to evaluate just how ready they are for the next step and receive valuable feedback.
Experience means that players from all over North America and Europe will play multiple games against other NAHL and NCAA hockey prospects with team’s coached by staff members from NAHL, NAHL Central Scouting, and NA3HL teams, providing a top notch, professional, and memorable experience.
NAHL Combine Dates and Locations
March 27-29, 2020 – Chicago, Illinois (14U and 16U players, 2004-2007)
• Played in conjunction with the NA3HL’s Fraser Cup Championship. All NAHL teams in attendance.
April 3-5, 2020 – Attleboro, Massachusetts (First of two junior combines for junior-aged players, 2000-2004)
• Played during the same weekend as Maine Nordiques vs. Northeast Generals (NAHL) regular season games.
April 17-19, 2020 – Rochester, Michigan (Second of two junior combines for junior-aged players, 2000-2004)
• A combine that is exclusively for junior-aged players looking to play in the NAHL or NA3HL.
April 24-26, 2020 – Anaheim, California (14U and 16U players, 2004-2007)
• Great location for players on the West Coast and traditionally fills up very fast.
May 1-3, 2020 – Middletown, New Jersey (14U and 16U players, 2004-2007)
• New location for East Coast players.
May 8-10, 2020 – Blaine, Minnesota (16U players, 2004-2005)
• Played in conjunction with the NAHL’s Robertson Cup National Championship. Over 100 NCAA/NHL scouts.
Celebrating its 45th season in 2019-20, the NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 27 teams in 16 states from across North America. During the 2018-19 season, the NAHL set a new single-season record with 351 NCAA commitments, with over 66% of those being NCAA Division I commitments. In addition, six players with NAHL experience were selected in the 2019 NHL Draft. Currently, 34% of freshmen playing NCAA Division I hockey are alumni of the NAHL.