The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the schedule, coaches, and broadcasters for the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held from February 7-8, 2022 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
For more information on the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, please visit: http://nahl.com/tpt/
2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament Schedule (all times eastern)
Monday, February 7th
4:00pm: East vs. South
6:30pm: Central vs. Midwest
Tuesday, February 8th
10:00am: South vs. Central
12:30pm: Midwest vs. East
The number of players each NAHL team is sending to the tournament, in which four teams from the four NAHL divisions (Central, East, Midwest and South) will each play in two game games, was based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 10, 2022. Only those NAHL players without an NCAA commitment are eligible to participate in the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, except for those who have been identified by NHL Central Scouting as prospects for the 2022 NHL Draft. Each team is comprised of 22 players (13 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies). Rosters for the four teams are expected to be announced on January 25th.
The head coach for the Central Team will be Steve Howard from the Austin Bruins, while the assistant coach will be Steve Jennings from the Aberdeen Wings. The head coach for the East Team will be Clint Mylymok from the Maryland Black Bears, while the assistant coach will be Craig Doremus from the New Jersey Titans. The head coach for the Midwest Team will be Tyler Rennette from the Springfield Jr. Blues, while the assistant coach will be Dave Allison from the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The head coach for the South Team will be Phil Fox from the New Mexico Ice Wolves, while the assistant coach will be Harry Mahood from the Amarillo Wranglers.
The league has named Mike Wisienski from the Odessa Jackalopes and Ashley Chase from the St. Cloud Norsemen as the two broadcasters who will be calling and doing play-by-play of the games live in HD on HockeyTV. In addition, special NAHL correspondent and reporter Kirsten Krull will also be at the event assisting in the broadcasting duties with interviews, rink-side analysis, and special features.
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly-scouted events in junior hockey. Hundreds of scouts attend the event annually, which features almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. It continues to be an important part of the NAHL event model, which includes the NAHL Showcase in September and the NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship in May.
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, 165 players have already made NCAA commitments during the 2021-22 season. The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament plays a big role in that success, providing the hundreds of NHL and NCAA scouts in attendance with a look at the best uncommitted players the NAHL has to offer, as well as some potential NHL Draft picks.