Dates and locations announced for 2018 NAHL Combines
December 15, 2017
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the dates and locations for the 2018 Combines. 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 intent and 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 experience, education, and exposure for prospects that strive to advance their hockey development at the junior hockey and college level.
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.
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.
NAHL Combine Dates and Locations
March 29-31, 2018 – Romeoville, Illinois (14U and 16U players, 2002-2005)
• Played in conjunction with the NA3HL’s Fraser Cup Championship. All NAHL teams in attendance.
April 6-8, 2018 – Middletown, New Jersey (14U and 16U players, 2002-2005)
• Played during the same weekend as New Jersey Titans vs. Northeast Generals (NAHL) regular season games.
April 13-15, 2018 – Detroit, Michigan (Junior combine for junior-aged players, 1998-2002)
• The only combine that is exclusively for junior-aged players looking to play in the NAHL or NA3HL.
May 4-6, 2018 – Simi Valley, California (14U and 16U players, 2002-2005)
• Great location for players on the West Coast and traditionally fills up very fast.
May 11-13, 2018 – Blaine, Minnesota (14U and 16U players, 2002-2005)
• Played in conjunction with the NAHL’s Robertson Cup National Championship. Over 100 NCAA/NHL scouts.
The NAHL is the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 23 teams from across North America. The NAHL prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey. During the past five years more than 1,200 NAHL players have made NCAA commitments and 17 more NAHL players have been selected in NHL Drafts. Last season, the NAHL set an all-time record of 305 NCAA commitments during one season, further reinforcing that when it comes to players entering the league without a commitment, but earning one while they are playing in the league, there is no one better at it than the NAHL.
The NAHL's dedication to player development is demonstrated by the league's high-profile annual exposure events like the NAHL Showcase, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, and the NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship, which have all evolved into hockey's most prominent and popular of its kind and are a must-see for NCAA programs and NHL teams alike.