The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the rosters for next month’s Top Prospects Tournament, sponsored by SBK Hockey, which will be held from Feb. 20-22 at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Mich.
At the event, four teams - Team Central, Team North, Team South and Team West - will play a three-game round robin. Each team consists of a 20-man roster, with minor player crossover amongst the four teams.
All NAHL players were eligible for selection, and the number of players represented by each NAHL team is based on each team’s winning percentage within their division as of Jan. 17.
Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie will serve as the head coach for Team Central, with Chill head coach Garrett Strot serving as the assistant coach; RoadRunners head coach Scott Langer will lead Team South, with Tornado head coach Tony Curtale assisting; Ice Dogs head coach Josh Hauge will be the head coach of Team West, with Alaska head coach Brian Huebel assisting; and Bandits head coach Jeff Brown will serve as the head coach of Team North, with Jets head coach Dane Litke serving as the assistant coach.
In conjunction with the Top Prospects Tournament, all North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) teams - Midget Major, Midget Minor and Bantam Major - will compete in the Championship Tournament Series for the right to be crowned league champions. That event will run from Feb. 18-21 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Mich., with the three division championship games being played at the Ice Cube.
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) will also have representation at the Top Prospects Tournament, as two NA3HL all-star teams will compete against each other at the event. The NA3HL will also extend invitations to other USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior A leagues to participate with all-stars teams.
At the NAHL’s first Top Prospects Tournament of the season, which was held from Dec. 5-7 in Walpole, Mass., four teams comprised of the NAHL’s top committed and un-committed college players, including those recognized on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s Players to Watch list for 2011 draft-eligibles, played a three-game round robin.
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