Celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2015-16, the NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 22 teams in 10 states from across North America, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.
What once offered a fleeting chance at a collegiate scholarship and a trip to the "Red Barn" - Olympia Stadium, where the NHL Detroit Red Wings played their home games - the NAHL has evolved into a proven pathway for young adults between the ages of 16-20 to develop into outstanding collegiate and professional players while playing in some the nation's state-of-the art facilities.
The NAHL provides an unparalleled opportunity for players to train and develop. 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 and the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, which have evolved into hockey's most prominent and popular of its kind and are a must-see for NCAA programs and NHL teams alike.
The NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 22 teams from across North America, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey. During the 2014-15 season, a total of 210+ NAHL players committed to NCAA schools to date and in the past two seasons, over 440 players have made NCAA commitments In addition, 11 current NAHL players have been listed on the 2015 NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list and seven players with NAHL ties were selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.