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Player Advancement

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While the NA3HL's primary goal is to move players onto college hockey, no other league of its kind has had more movement and advanced more players onto play in the NAHL than the NA3HL, which includes 40+ alumni currently on NAHL rosters.

Thanks to additional and enhanced initiatives that were put in place last season in cooperation with the NAHL, more players from the NA3HL play, practice, and earn NCAA Division I scholarships with the NAHL than any other league.

As part of the enhanced initiatives, all 26 NAHL teams are working in cooperation with NA3HL teams for increased access to players, including allowing NA3HL players to practice with NAHL teams during the 2019-20 season. The program creates additional dialogue between NAHL and NA3HL teams to find prospects and provide them an in-season opportunity for NAHL experience and evaluation. It offers one-of-a-kind opportunities not found anywhere else in USA Hockey-sanctioned junior hockey.

In 2019, the NA3HL had over 140+ college commitments, with almost 70% of those being NCAA commitments. In addition, over 300 former NA3HL players are currently playing in the NCAA, and 13% of NCAA Division III freshmen this season previously played in the NA3HL.

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