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League tryouts will be held the weekend of August 7 - 9. Confirmation emails to players that have registered are being sent this week. If you submitted a registration and you do not receive an email by Saturday please contact us at elite2hockey.com.
The MN Elite Prep Development League congratulates former league participants Ryan Zuhlsdorf, Jack Becker, Jack Sadek and Paul Bittner on their selection in the NHL Draft.
Congratulations also to former league coaches Grant Clafton and Eric Nelson on their selection as Head Coach (Grant) at Greenway and Monticello (Eric) as Co Head Coach.
MNEPDL tryout information is being mailed to players this week. Tryout dates are August 7 - 9 in the metro area. North team tryouts will be held August 8th.
The league game schedule will begin August 20th and end November 1st. The league will not play any games during Labor Day weekend and MEA weekend. The league is however submitting an application to the North American Hockey League for two 16-U teams and one 18-U team to participate in their Future Prospects League showcase during MEA weekend. More info on this event will be given to players when the season begins.
The six 16-U teams in the league will play 23 games during the season and the three 18-U teams are scheduled to play 22 games.
For this fall the Elite Development League will serve as the MN Hockey Tier 1 U-16 league and with that the following changes to the league structure will be put into place. The league will have six teams at the Tier 1 U-16 level. These teams will consist of junior, sophomore and freshman players with 1999, 2000 and 2001 birth dates. Teams will play 22 – 24 games in the fall in order to be eligible for participation in the Tier 1 spring playoffs and players on each team must play in a minimum of 10 games to be eligible for the playoff roster. The playoff structure for spring 2016 has not been finalized at this time but it is expected that the playoffs will be held the week after the HS State Tournament. The winner of the playoffs becomes the Minnesota entrant in the USA Hockey National Tournament.
The league will also have three U-18 teams for players with birth dates of 1998 – 2000. These three teams will not be at the Tier 1 level but will play games as part of the normal league schedule. These teams will play 20 – 22 games during the fall season.
Tryouts for all of the MNEPDL teams will be held Aug 7 – 9. At the conclusion of the tryout sessions the team group will make cuts to a total of approximately 30 - 35 players per team. The following weekend (Aug 15 – 16) will be the league preseason training weekend and team rosters will be finalized at the end of the weekend. League rosters will consist of 20 rostered players and 5 alternates. Based on past seasons alternates can expect to play in 60 – 70% of the teams games. The league game season will begin starting August 20th. The league will not conduct any games during Labor Day weekend and MEA weekend this year. The league season will conclude the weekend of Oct 31 – Nov 1.
Tryout registration information will be sent to players in June with a registration deadline of July 15th. High School Coaches have submitted player nominations and we have received player info from the HP-15, HP-16 & HP-17 programs.
Director, MN Elite Prep Development League