On June 3 the North American Hockey League will hold its annual entry draft. The NAHL is the only Tier 2 Junior league in the country and is home to over 40 players from Illinois last year. The draft can be followed live online at nahl.com at 1pm central time. Follow along and see what talented Illinois skaters get selected.
The NAHL is a non-pay to play league with 24 teams as far west as Fairbanks, AK, as far south as McAllen, TX and as far east as Johnstown, PA. Along with the USHL, it is one of the key steps in a hockey player’s pursuit of playing Division 1 or 3 college hockey.
Who is eligible for the NAHL Entry Draft?
Amateur players less than 21 years of age on December 31, 2014 who are not listed on an NAHL team roster or are listed on an NAHL team roster but played less than (10) NAHL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2013-14 season and did not accept a tender from an NAHL team prior to the 2014 NAHL Entry Draft are eligible for selection in the draft.
What is a tender?
A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders – plus or minus any trades – which become active on November 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft.
What if I am not drafted or tendered, but still want to play in the NAHL?
Players that go undrafted must contact the individual NAHL teams regarding tryout procedures. Un-drafted and non-tendered players are eligible to try out for any NAHL team. Many free-agent players earn roster spots in tryout camps, and therefore are a very important part of an NAHL’s recruiting process.
How do I learn about individual teams’ tryout dates, costs and procedures?
2014 tryout dates and contact information will posted on nahl.com, as well as the teams’ individual Web sites, which can be accessed through nahl.com.
How do I let teams know I am interested in playing in the NAHL?
Prospective players must contact the individual NAHL teams coaching and scouting staffs regarding their interest. Contact information can be found on the teams’ individual Web sites, which can be accessed through nahl.com.
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