What is the FPC:
The North American Future Prospects (NAFP) Tournaments and Combines are driven by the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and operated by the NAHL professional staff in order to serve the most valuable asset to hockey – the players.
The intent and goal is to provide the aspiring hockey player an opportunity while participating in the NAFP to take part in a one-of-a-kind experience that is designed to maximize exposure at grand-scale events and combines that provide a true look and feel of the genuine “NAHL EXPERIENCE.”
The “NAHL Experience” means that all NAFP events (tournaments and combines) are carefully designed to provide exposure, education and an experience for prospects that strive to advance their hockey development at the junior hockey and college level.
EXPOSURE means that players compete in front of junior and college scouts, as well as gain additional exposure through NAHL Central Scouting.
EDUCATION ensures the players are provided knowledge about NCAA compliance and eligibility, recruiting processes, the correct / legitimate path to college hockey, as well as an in-depth look at the three different tiers of junior hockey.
EXPERIENCE equals a top notch, professional, memorable experience for players from all over North America and Europe.
What Age Groups for 2016:
Entering its third year in 2016, the FPC will accept applications from all players with birth years from 2000-2003.
What is the Selection Process:
Applications are accepted now via our on-line registration process and the selection process will begin in mid-February with confirmation letters being sent to those players selected to participate. For those players not selected at that time, they will be placed on a waiting list in the event spots open up a later time. Full refunds will be issued to any registrant that is not selected shortly after the end of that particular event.
How Many Players:
Once the selections are confirmed, players will be divided into two age groups at each event. Group A will be players with 2000 or 2001 birth years and Group B will be players with 2002 or 2003 birth years.
- Group A (2000/01’s) – 6 Teams of 19 Players (11 F, 6 D, 2 G per Team) = 114 Participants
- Group B (2002/03’s) – 4 Teams of 19 Players (11 F, 6 D, 2 G per Team) = 76 Participants
Total Participants per event = 190.
What Takes Place at FPC:
At the event, players will be introduced and exposed to junior hockey and in particular, the NAHL, NA3HL, NA3EHL as well as the NAPHL (Tier I Midget Hockey). The players will be introduced to and provided with a weekend that involves the ‘NAHL Experience,’ which will consist of competitive hockey, education of the future levels of hockey, academic preparation for NCAA hockey and exposure to professional, college, and junior scouts. This includes seminars that discuss the NAHL junior hockey experience, the ladder of development, as well as, NCAA compliance seminars. Guest speakers will include those from the NAHL and NCAA.
The on-ice competition will have each team will play in four games including three round-robin games and one playoff game.
Junior Coaches Involvement
Each team will have NAHL, NA3HL or NA3EHL coaches working with the players in the locker room and on the bench during the games. This is a very valuable time for both the players and the coaches as new relationships are being developed and invaluable experiences created.
Scouting and Exposure:
Although our main interest is educating young prospects and families on the junior hockey landscape, this type of event attracts scouts from all levels.
Over the past two years, we have had scouts from the following leagues attend: