The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the game schedule for the 16th annual NAHL Showcase, which will be held from September 19-22, 2018, at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. All 24 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which is one of hockey’s most prominent and popular events of the entire season and has become the ‘Greatest Show on Ice.
The Steel will play four games from September 19th through September 22nd. The Steel face off against the Jamestown Rebels to start out the Showcase on September 19th. The following day Chippewa will play the South Division Amarillo Bulls. The final two days features games against the Lone Star Brahmas and Topeka Pilots to wrap up the Showcase on September 22nd.
Scout Passes for the 2018 NAHL Showcase will go on sale on Monday, August 20th and will be available for purchase online at the NAHL Showcase website.
All 48 NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live and in HD through HockeyTV
, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
One of the things the NAHL does better than any other junior league is seeing their players earn an NCAA opportunity while playing and being showcased in the NAHL. To date, a record number of 317 players have made NCAA commitments during the 2017-18 season, with over 70% (223) of those being NCAA Division I commitments. The NAHL Showcase plays a big role in that success, with dozens of players each season earning an NCAA Division I opportunity during and following their participation in the event.
In addition to all 24 NAHL teams playing in the event, the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) of the United States Hockey League (USHL) will also be sending their 17-Team for two exhibition games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Friday, September 21st and the Northeast Generals on Saturday, September 22nd.
The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 330 professional, college and junior scouts. For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer. For more information on the NAHL Showcase including schedule, ticket prices, hotels, rental cars and arena information, visit www.nahl.com/showcase
The Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.
It will be the first event of the season for the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), which will also be played in conjunction with the Showcase. Now entering its 10th anniversary season, the NAPHL is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned teams that compete in the 18U, 16U and 15U levels.
The Chippewa Steel are members of the NAHL which is the oldest and largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the non pay-to-play model. The NAHL is also one of the best at advancing players to NCAA and professional hockey. Notable Alumni of the NAHL include Ryan Suter (MIN), Patrick Kane (CHI) and Phil Kessel (PIT) All league games are viewable via HockeyTV. For more information, visit chippewasteelhockey.com.