120 NA3HL players will be six different teams during event in Plymouth, Michigan from February 27-28
FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced the rosters for the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held from February 27-28 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament is played in conjunction with the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) 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.
The NA3HL Standings were frozen on Monday, January 30th. Teams were then seeded within their division based on win percentage. The number of players each NA3HL team can send to the event was based on each team’s winning percentage within their group. Each team will consist of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies). Any player who was considered for the event, must have been nominated by their respective head coaches.
120 total players from the NA3HL will be spread amongst six teams, who will play in three games each during the event. The event will feature four teams that represent the eight divisions in the NA3HL. Two separate NA3HL Selects teams will compete as the fifth and sixth teams in the event. The Selects team rosters will be comprised of players with birth years of 1998, 1999 or 2000.
Gold: Todd Sanden, North Iowa Bulls (Central) and Mike Stanaway, Long Beach Sharks (Coastal)
Green: Justin Quenneville, Metro Jets (East) and Chris Flaugher, St. Louis Jr. Blues (Midwest)
Silver: Chris Laganiere, Binghamton Junior Senators (Northeast) and Michael Hill, Texas Jr. Brahmas (South)
White: Ryan Theros, Yellowstone Quake (Frontier) and Brad Willner, Granite City Lumberjacks (West)
2017 NA3HL Top Prospects schedule (all times eastern, subject to change):
Monday, February 27th
10:00am: Gold (Central & Coastal) vs. Selects Red
10:15am: Silver (Northeast & South) vs. Green (East & Midwest)
12:00pm: White (Frontier & West) vs. Selects Black
4:15pm: Gold (Central & Coastal) vs. Silver (Northeast & South)
6:15pm: Green (East & Midwest) vs. Selects Black
8:15pm: White (Frontier & West) vs. Selects Red
Tuesday, February 28th
9:30am: Gold (Central & Coastal) vs. Selects Black
11:30am: Silver (Northeast & South) vs. Selects Red
1:30pm: Green (East & Midwest) vs. White (Frontier & West)
About the NA3HL
Now in its seventh season, the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of six 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