THE North American Hockey League
2013 - 2014 Prospects Hockey League (PHL)
The West Michigan Hounds play in the North American Prospects Hockey League.
Celebrating its 5th anniversary season in 2013-14, the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is made up of 32 Midget Major (18U) and Midget Minor (16U) teams from 16 programs that compete at the USA Hockey Tier I level.
The NAPHL is comprised of six regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament Series in which the top teams at each level compete for a league championship.
The dates and sites of this year's six NAPHL regular-season events are: September 19-22, 2013 (Blaine, Minnesota); October 18-21, 2013 (San Jose, California); November 8-10, 2013 (Romeoville, Illinois); December 6-9, 2013 (Blaine, Minnesota); December 27-30, 2013 (Frisco, Texas) and January 17-20, 2014 (Troy, Michigan).
The NAPHL Championship Tournament Series will be held from February 14-17, 2014 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan, and in conjunction with the North American Hockey League (NAHL) Top Prospects Tournament and the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament.
The season culminates with the NAPHL 18U Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held in conjunction with the NA3HL Silver Cup Championship in Chicago, Illinois from March 28-31, 2014. In addition, the 16U and 14U NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament will be held in conjunction with the 2014 NAHL Robertson Cup Championship Tournament, which will be held from May 9-11, 2014.
In 2012-13, the NAPHL continued to establish itself as one of the premier grounds for development and exposure. Over the course of the past two seasons 113 NAPHL players have been tendered or drafted into the NAHL. 152 players that had previously played in the NAPHL were on an NAHL roster in the 2012-13 season. Since the formation of the NAPHL four years ago, 210 NAPHL players had played in the NAHL and over three dozen NAPHL players have moved onto NCAA Division I programs.
The NAPHL, which is sanctioned by USA Hockey, utilizes the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and is designed to maximize the exposure of all the 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.