EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips, Everett Youth Hockey and the Seattle Junior Hockey Association are pleased to announce that the region’s newly-created Elite Tier I teams have been accepted to compete in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) starting with the 2014-15 season.
The Junior Silvertips 16U Midget team is slated to participate in the full schedule of NAPHL events, while the Northwest Admirals 14U team will field a team in the league’s Bantam Tournament Series. EYH and SJHA also expect to add an 18U Major Midget team in the NAPHL for the 2015-16 season to provide a pathway for the region’s top players as their skills continue to develop.
“The NAPHL will provide our players with an environment that is built to prepare them for the next level,” said EYH General Manager Jerry Weir. “The level of play and exposure players experience through the league will help open up a variety of opportunities to further their hockey careers. It’s also encouraging to have a relationship with the SJHA Bantam AAA program that allows us to work with younger players in order to better prepare them, both on and off the ice, for the jump to Elite 16U. This is a very exciting day for youth hockey in our region.”
The EYH Junior Silvertips Elite 16U team will play a highly competitive schedule providing increased development opportunities and tremendous player exposure to higher level programs. The 2014-15 season includes five different NAPHL showcases in addition to tournaments and exhibitions against British Columbia Major Midget League and Canadian Sport School Hockey League teams.
“We are excited to add Everett as a new member to the NAPHL and believe that the exposure of our level and brand of hockey in the Pacific Northwest will be beneficial for everyone involved,” stated NAPHL Director Denny Scanlon. “The organization has made huge strides in a very short period of time and is backed by solid and committed ownership.”
The team will be coached by Lake Stevens native Nick Fouts, a former USHL, NCAA and professional player himself and recently the coach of the Team Seattle 16U Tier I program. Tryouts for the 16U team will be held June 6 – 8 at the Comcast Community Ice Rink, with further program information and registration details coming soon.
In addition to attending various NAPHL events throughout the season, the SJHA Northwest Admirals Elite 14U Bantam team will compete in the highly-respected Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association. Led by longtime area Head Coach and former NHL draft pick Mike McCormick, the team will soon release tryout dates and additional information.
“We at SJHA believe that we are taking the appropriate steps to support our local players and their development through the combination of high level coaching and state of the art facilities,” said SJHA President Michael Murphy. “We have substantial resources with two sheets of ice located one mile apart including on-site dryland training. We believe in our local kids’ desire to succeed and wish to do everything we can to support their dreams.”
For more information, visit naphl.com, eteamz.com/jrsilvertips or sjha.com.
About the NAPHL:
Celebrating its fifth anniversary season in 2013-14, the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is made up of Midget Major (18U) and Midget Minor (16U) teams that compete at the USA Hockey Tier I level. Sanctioned by USA Hockey, the NAPHL utilizes the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and is designed to maximize the exposure of all Midget and Bantam participants through the NAHL’s high-profile recruiting events, which attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts. Orchestrated by the NAHL’s experienced and professional staff that makes player promotion a priority, the NAPHL provides an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes and programs.