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Future Prospects, NAPHL application released

April 30, 2009

The North American Hockey League announced today that it is now accepting applications for its Sherwood/NAHL Future Prospects Tournament Series, featuring the new North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL).

Download the application (.pdf)

Comprised of five events in which 16 AAA organizations will compete at the Midget Major and Midget Minor levels for a league championship, the North American Prospects Hockey League season will culminate with a NAPHL All-Star Showcase at the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship Tournament in late April.

The first event will take place from September 17-20, 2009 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., in conjunction with the seventh annual NAHL Showcase Tournament.  At this event, the NAHL will also host open divisions at the Midget Major, Midget Minor and Bantam Major levels.

Two NAPHL fall events will be played from October 9-12, 2009 and December 3-6, 2009 with locations to be announced in the coming weeks.

The league moves to the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Mich., from January 15-18, 2010 in conjunction with the third annual NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.

The NAPHL's final event of the season will be played from February 12-15, 2010 at a location to be announced in the coming weeks.

Billed as a tournament league, each association accepted must compete in all five events, each of which is a five-game guarantee with a four-game round-robin and a reseeded fifth game.

Applications for the NAPHL must be received at the NAHL office via fax no later than 8 a.m. (CST) on Saturday May 2, 2009 and a $1,500 deposit check must reach the NAHL office no later than Friday, May 8, 2009.

Applications for the NAHL Future Prospects Tournament series At-Large Division for September's event in Blaine, Minn., must be received at the NAHL office no later than June 10, 2009 and teams will be notified no later than June 30, 2009 of their application status. A check in the amount of $1,500 per team made payable to the NAHL must accompany the application.

The teams accepted into the NAPHL and the to-be-determined locations of the events in October, November and February will be announced no later than May 9, 2009.

The five USA Hockey-sanctioned Future Prospects Tournament Series events utilize the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and are designed to maximize the exposure of all the Midget and Bantam participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events, which attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts.

Orchestrated by the NAHL's experienced and professional staff which makes player promotion a priority, the Sherwood/NAHL Future Prospects Tournament Series sure to provide an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit your student-athletes and your program.

For more information on the Sherwood/NAHL Future Prospects Tournament Series and the NAPHL, visit or contact David Lee by phone at 214-387-5650 or e-mail at

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