NORTH AMERICAN 3 HOCKEY LEAGUE
January 30, 2015
Contact: Alex Kyrias
Director of Communications & Sales
NA3HL announces 2015 Top Prospects rosters
120 NA3HL players will be six different teams during event in Ann Arbor, Michigan from February 23-24
Cody Estrel, Mark McGee, Tyler Zalecki and David Bogart to represent the East division team.
Evan Heldt will play for the NA3HL 18U Select team.
FRISCO, TEXAS –The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced the rosters for next month’s NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, presented by Easton, which will be held from February 23-24 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
For more information on the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, please visit:www.na3hl.com/tpt
120 total players from the NA3HL will be spread amongst six teams, who will play in two games each during the event. The event will feature teams that represent the five divisions in the NA3HL: Central, East, Frontier South and West, along with a new NA3HL 18U Selects Team.
The number of players each NA3HL team is sending to the tournament, in which five teams from the five NA3HL divisions: Central, East, Frontier, South and West was based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 22, 2015. Each team consists of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies) as chosen by theNA3HL Competition Committee and the NAHL’s Central Scouting Department andas nominated by the league's 31 head coaches. All junior eligible NA3HL players are eligible to participate in the Top Prospects Tournament.
In the East Division, the Pittsburgh Vengeance (.708) will send five players, the Toledo Cherokee (.657) will send four, the Metro Jets (.643), Southern Tier Xpress (.588) and Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks (.443) will send three players each and the Cincinnati Swords (.171) will send two. The head coach of the East Division team will beDave Dorsey from the Pittsburgh Vengeance and the assistant coach will beKenny Miller from the Toledo Cherokee.
The NA3HL 18U Selects team will compete as the sixth team in the Tournament. The roster will be comprised some of the best young players in the NA3HL. The final roster was selected by the League Office in consultation with the NA3HL Competition Committee and the NAHL’s Central Scouting Department. NAHL Coaches will be assigned to coach the 18U Selects.
2015 NA3HL Top Prospects schedule:
Monday, February 23rd: West vs. South, 9am; NA3HL 18U Selects vs. Frontier, 12pm; Central vs. East, 3pm
Tuesday, February 24th:NA3HL 18U Selects vs. South, 11:30am; Central vs. West, 2:30pm; Frontier vs.East, 5:30pm
The NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament is played in conjunction with the North American Hockey League's (NAHL) Top Prospects Tournament, along with the North American Prospects Hockey League's (NAPHL) Top Prospects Tournament. The event has quickly become one of the most highly-scouted events of its kind, with hundreds of junior, NCAA and NHL expected in attendance this season. Combined with the NAHL and NAPHL Top Prospects Tournaments, it will make for an exciting week of hockey and provides a great opportunity for every scout and coach to get a close look the talent in the three leagues.
About the NA3HL
Now in its fifth season, the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of eight USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues, serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification. The primary mission of the NA3HL, which is managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes whose youth options are limited but are still reaching their potential and have aspirations of playing in the NAHL or United States Hockey League and eventually the NCAA or American College Hockey Association. For more information, visit www.na3hl.com