Celebrating its 42st anniversary season in 2017-18, the NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 23 teams in 12 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.
The NAHL provides an unparalleled opportunity for players to train and develop. It 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 some hockey’s most prominent and popular events of their kind, and are must-see for NCAA programs and NHL teams alike.
Notable NAHL alumni that later became NHL players include Mike York (NAHL’s all-time points leader), Doug Weight, John Scott, Brian Rafalski, Todd Marchant, and Hockey Hall of Famers Pat Lafontaine and Mike Modano.