Sunday, December 1, 2013

NAPHL announces 16U All-Star Game and rosters

Press Release 

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce the rosters and players that have been selected to participate in the inaugural NAPHL 16U All-Star Game. The NAPHL 16U All-Star Game is scheduled for Sunday, December 8th at 6pm at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.

The 16U All-Star Game is a part of the NAPHL’s fourth regular season event of the season, which will feature all 32 NAPHL teams, each playing in five regular season games from December 6-9 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN. The event will also see the continuation of the Bantam Tournament Series (BTS) in which eight at-large 14U bantam programs will compete as a part of the event.
“We are very excited for the inaugural NAPHL 16U All-Star Game and believe it is going to showcase some of the best 16 and under hockey talent in the Nation,” said NAPHL Director Denny Scanlon. “We worked very hard to not only ensure that each team had fair representation based upon their performance, but also that we had a nice mix of worthy players who were not only recommended by their respective coaches, but also by the Event Scouting System that has analyzed these players through several events this season.”


Players that were considered for the 16U All-Star Game selection process were initially nominated by each of the NAPHL 16U head coaches in the league. The NAPHL staff then selected the teams, with additional input and consultation from Coordinator of Player Personnel Craig Barnett and the NAPHL Event Scouting System.

The number of players represented by each NAPHL 16U team was based on each team’s winning percentage in the NAPHL 16U standings as of November 18th. The breakdown was as follows… 4 players: Omaha, Lansing. 3 players: San Jose, New Jersey, Pikes Peak, Anaheim, California, Texas. 2 players: Esmark, St. Louis, Pursuit of Excellence, West Michigan, Phoenix, Atlanta. 1 player: Detroit, Cleveland.

 All games at the event in Blaine, including the NAPHL 16U All-Star Game, will be broadcast live over the Internet through FASTHockey.  To watch live, click here.
Like it has the past three NAPHL events, the NAHL Event Scouting System will continue in Blaine. The Event Scouting System is lead by Craig Barnett, Coordinator of Player of Personnel for both the NA3HL and NAPHL. Barnett’s primary role is to coordinate the scouting at all NA3HL and NAPHL events, and to promote player advancement and to supply information to NAHL, NCAA and other junior and collegiate coaches.


(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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