NAPHL sets milestone for developmental success

 

By Alex Kyrias

As the North American Prospects Hockey League takes to the ice for their fourth event of the season this week at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., the league celebrates a significant milestone reached in November.

For the first time in the five-year history of the NAPHL, three alumni were announced as the monthly player award winners in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). It reinforces the fact that in just its fifth season of operation, the NAPHL is a proven pathway to success.

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NAHL Showcase: A celebration of the player

 

By Alex Kyrias

The opening morning of the North American Hockey League Showcase at the Schwan Super Rink is a sight to behold. Just a mere few hours prior to the first game there is an anticipation of the impending rush of fans and scouts that are going to be there for the next five days. The kind of feeling that players can relate to when they got their first hockey stick on Christmas morning or attended their first-ever NHL game.

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Magicians announce coaching staff

 

The Minnesota Magicians, proud members of the North American Hockey League are pleased to announce Scott Meyer as the team’s first Head Coach and General Manager. “We are very excited to have Scott as our organization’s first head coach," said Magicians Owner/Governor Scott Krueger. “Scott has a wealth of coaching experience at all levels of hockey. His time coaching and recruiting at the Junior A level will prove invaluable to the Magicians.”

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Everyone is watching

 

“One of the things the North American Hockey League does best is provide its players with the opportunity to earn an NCAA commitment while playing in the league.” – NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld

This statement from North American Hockey League (NAHL) Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld sums up what the league is all about. The NAHL, or the League of Opportunity as it is known, once again lived up to its name this past season as the league posted another banner year for NCAA commitments. The proof is in raw numbers and it is why everyone is now watching the NAHL when it comes developing players for the next level.

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Richfield team granted NAHL membership

 

The North American Hockey League has announced that the Minnesota Junior Hockey Group, a private group led by Scott Krueger, Scott Meyer and Joe Pankratz, has completed the acquisition of the NAHL’s inactive New Mexico Mustangs membership and will relocate it to Richfield, Minn., a suburb in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The NAHL Board of Governors has granted a membership to the yet-to-be-named team for the 2013-14 NAHL season. The NAHL is the oldest and largest junior hockey league in the United States, currently with 24 teams representing 13 states.

The Richfield, Minn., team recently acquired the inactive New Mexico Mustangs membership. The Mustangs played in the NAHL during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. The new team in Richfield will play their home games out of Richfield Ice Arena. The two-sheet facility has a main arena with seating for 1,800.

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