The North American Prospects Hockey League (PHL) has announced that it is accepting applications for membership for the 2012-13 season. The completed application must be returned by Friday, March 30th, and the participating teams for the 2012-13 season will be announced in April 2012. All clubs that participated during the 2011-12 season must apply for entry for next season.
Download the 2012-13 NAPHL Application
The PHL, which will be celebrating its fourth season in 2012-13, is composed of Midget Major (18U) and Midget Minor (16U) teams from across North America that compete at the Tier I AAA level. Even though the Bantam (14U) Division will not be supported in PHL league play, there will be Bantam ‘at-large’ tournaments that will be announced in the future.
Having just completed its third season of competition, the PHL continues to establish itself as the premiere training ground for development and exposure. Not only have players in the PHL received year-long recognition from the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, dozens have received scholarships to NCAA Division I schools and hundreds more have been drafted and tendered by North American Hockey League (NAHL) and United States Hockey League (USHL) teams.
The PHL, which is sanctioned by USA Hockey, utilizes the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and is designed to maximize the exposure of all the participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events which attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts. The PHL provides an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes and programs.
All USA Hockey-sanctioned PHL events deliver a four to five-game guarantee with game statistics powered in real time by Pointstreak, which integrates Web streaming and Flash replay. Pointstreak will also custom design and present to each member club a complete operational Web site on the NAPHL.com Network. Video of games will also be broadcast live over the Internet via FASTHockey through the league’s official Web site, NAPHL.com. All member clubs will also receive a license for Steva, a computer based, state-of-the-art game video editing program.
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) office, which oversees, operates and manages the PHL, guarantees a scouting presence from NAHL teams to be in attendance at PHL events and uses an exclusive tendering system for PHL players only.
The NAHL, which hosts a PHL Top Prospects Tournament at its Robertson Cup Championship Tournament, also uses its extensive marketing and media reach to promote the PHL, its programs and players through the league’s official Web site, NAHL.com, equipment supplier programs and award sponsors.
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