NAHL announces 2018-19 Future Prospects Tournament schedule
April 18, 2018
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2018 Future Prospects (FPT) Tournaments, which will both take place at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
Both events will take place in cooperation with North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Showcases. The first FPT is scheduled for October 19-21, 2018, and the second event is scheduled for November 30-December 2, 2018.
The North American Future Prospects Tournaments are a series of events designed for teams throughout the calendar in-season each year. The Future Prospects Tournaments are open to any USA Hockey-sanctioned team at the 18U, 16U, and 14U levels that wish to compete at the Tier I level.
The teams will play an invitational-style tournament. Each FPT will offer a four-game guarantee to all teams. The events are coordinated and operated by the experienced and professional staff of the NAHL. Each FPT will feature a guaranteed scouting presence from NAHL Central Scouting, real-time game updates and statistics provided by LeagueStat and live online video broadcasts of every game by HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
The Future Prospects Tournaments are driven by the NAHL and operated by the NAHL 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 an opportunity while participating in the event to take part in a one-of-a-kind experience that is designed to maximize exposure and provide a true look and feel of the genuine ‘NAHL EXPERIENCE.’
“Our Future Prospects Tournaments provide a valuable opportunity for teams, players, and parents who want to gain true experience, education and exposure,” said NAHL Director of Player Personnel Tony Zasowski. “Combined with the NAPHL showcases, the weekends will be one of exposure in front of a variety of scouts and participating players will come away with some valuable information from our professional staff whose sole purpose is to educate future players, expose them to junior options and to provide a valuable experience throughout the process.”
In the past five years, 1,300 NAHL players have made NCAA commitments and 17 more have been drafted directly out of the league into the National Hockey League. So far during the 2017-18 season, 218 players have made NCAA commitments, almost 90% of which are NCAA Division I commitments.
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.