By NAHL.com – Celebrating its 45th season in 2019-20, the NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasts 26 teams in 16 states from across North America.
The NAHL offers junior hockey players the opportunity to develop, learn, train, grow and succeed, while playing for free. The NAHL is unique in the fact that a vast majority of players begin their NAHL careers without an NCAA opportunity, but earn one through the course of their development in the league.
The NAHL’s dedication to player development is demonstrated by the league’s high-profile annual exposure events like the NAHL Showcase in September, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in February and the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship in May, which have all evolved into hockey’s most prominent and popular of its kind and are a must-see for NCAA programs and NHL teams alike.
During the 2018-19 season, the NAHL set a new single-season record with 345 NCAA commitments, with over 68% of those being NCAA Division I commitments. In addition, six players with NAHL experience were selected in the 2019 NHL Draft. Over the course of the last five seasons, 1,500+ NAHL players have made NCAA commitments and 30 have been drafted into the NHL.
AHAI Congratulates the Illinois men rostered to NAHL teams during the 2019-2020 season.
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