SAN JOSE – The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that its inaugural Championship Tournament Series will be held from February 12-15, 2010 at Sharks Ice-San Jose.
The USA Hockey-sanctioned NAPHL is comprised of 24 programs from across the country that compete at the Tier I Midget AAA level. This is the highest level of youth hockey. Thirty-four teams (20 Midget Major, 14 Midget Minor) play in each of the league’s five events for the right to be crowed NAPHL champions.
Both the San Jose Jr. Sharks U18 and U16 teams are members of the league and will compete at this month’s showcase.
They tournament expects to draw around 1500 people (players and their families) to the San Jose area for the weekend, bringing a wealth of tax dollars to the city’s coffers via hotel nights and local business spending.
“We’re excited to bring our first-ever championship tournament to the West Coast,” said NAPHL director Denny Scanlon. “The competition throughout the league has been outstanding all season and we’re expecting it to be at its best in San Jose.”
Tournament passes ($25 for adults; $15 for students/seniors), which includes entrance for all four days of the event, and daily passes ($10/adult; $5 student/seniors) will be available for purchase at Sharks Ice during the tournament. Children 6-and-under will be admitted free of charge. For more information on the NAPHL Championship Tournament Series, including the complete schedule, visit www.NAPHL.net.