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Minnesota Elite Prep Development League

League to participate in NAHL Prospects & Future Prospects events

 

The CCM High Performance Youth Tier 1 16U League announced today it will send teams to participate in three tournaments affiliated with the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL). Each of the events will take place at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN this fall.

The first tournament of the series will be the 14th annual NAHL Showcase on September 22-25, 2016. Each season the NAHL kicks off its season with this showcase tournament which features all of its NAHL teams competing in one location. The NAHL Showcase also serves as the first event of the season for the NAPHL. This year the NAPHL will host 18 teams at the Midget Major (18U) level and 18 Midget Minor (16U) teams.

Minnesota will send to teams to participate in four games as a part of the NAHL Showcase. Metro Southeast will compete at the 16U level and Metro North 18U will take part in the Midget Major tournament.

On October 21-24, 2016, the NAPHL returns to Schwan Super Rink for its annual NAPHL Showcase event. Once again, two teams from Minnesota will participate including Metro Northeast 16U and South 18U. Each of the teams will compete in five games against the top teams of the NAPHL.

The NAHL will also revisit Blaine, MN as it will host its second annual Future Prospects Tournament at the Schwan Super Rink on the same weekend as the NAPHL Showcase. This year’s Future Prospects Tournament will feature Tier 1 teams from across the country at the 16U and 18U levels. Metro Northwest 16U, West 16U, Central 16U and Northeast 18U will represent Minnesota and the Youth Tier 1 16U League in four games each.

All of the games at the Future Prospects Tournament will be broadcast live online by FASTHockey, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL. The NAHL has also guaranteed a scouting presence by NAHL teams and its NAHL Central Scouting team at the event.

“The league is pleased to provide our players with these additional opportunities,” said Charlie Graves, Program Director for the Youth Tier 1 16U League.  “Not only do the events enhance our normal competitive schedule, but they allow our players the opportunity to compete against other excellent programs from around the nation while remaining at home and competing in their high school program after the fall season. These events will be highly scouted by college and junior programs.”

The CCM High Performance Youth Tier 1 16U League previously announced it will send two teams to the USHL Fall Classic 2016 Youth Tournament on September 9-11 in Omaha, NE.

The CCM High Performance Youth Tier 1 16U League is an extension of the Minnesota Elite Prep Development League (MEPDL).  The MEPDL was started eight seasons ago in cooperation between Minnesota Hockey and Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association to provide the best underclassmen in Minnesota an opportunity to develop their skills while competing against each other. This year the league will consist of six Youth Tier 1 16U (2000 birth year) teams and four 18U (non-Tier 1) teams, formed geographically by modified high school Section boundaries.  

League game schedule

The league game schedule has been loaded on the website. Games that will be played as part of the NAHL Prospects Hockey League and Future Prospects Tournament and the final playoff weekend (Oct 29 & 30) for the 16 teams are not included at this time. These will be added when the schedules for these events are finalized.

League Tryouts

If you have not yet registered for the league tryouts contact Charlie Graves at elite2hockey@gmail.com. Registration will close on July 31st.

Tier 1 League to participate in the USHL Fall Classic Youth Tournament

The CCM High Performance Youth Tier 1 16U League announced today it will be sending two teams to participate in the USHL Fall Classic 2016 Youth Tournament. The tournament will be held in Omaha, NE on September 9-11 in coordination with the USHL’s Fall Classic West, which serves as a pre-season showcase for all eight teams in the USHL’s Western Conference.

The inaugural youth tournament will feature 16 of the top Midget Minor (Tier 1 16U) teams in the country. A total of 40 players will be selected from the Youth Tier 1 16U League to participate on the two teams that will represent Minnesota at the event.

“From a scouting standpoint, the USHL Fall Classic continues to provide NHL and NCAA scouts the chance to view some of the top junior hockey talent in North America,” said Doug Christiansen, USHL director of player development when the Fall Classic was announced. “By adding the youth invitational component, we can provide USHL scouts with a glimpse of an upcoming crop of talent, while also providing a forum for us to educate young players and their families about the developmental path to the NHL through the USHL, other U.S. junior leagues and college hockey.”

In addition to the tournament, all players and coaches will be given the opportunity to attend off-ice informational sessions on the USHL and player development.

“Many of the top players from Minnesota eventually play in the USHL so we’re excited to offer them a firsthand view of that experience,” said Charlie Graves, Program Director for the Youth Tier 1 16U League. “We’re looking forward to providing our players the opportunity to compete against some of the top players in the country.”

The seven-time Clark Cup Champion Omaha Lancers will be the host of the Fall Classic West, and all games will be played at Ralston Arena, which opened in the fall of 2012. The complex includes two sheets of ice, highlighted by a state-of-the art arena with a capacity of 4,000 fans.

The CCM High Performance Youth Tier 1 16U League is an extension of the Minnesota Elite Prep Development League (MEPDL).  The MEPDL was started eight seasons ago in cooperation between Minnesota Hockey and Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association to provide the best underclassmen in Minnesota an opportunity to develop their skills while competing against each other. This year the league will consist of six Youth Tier 1 16U (2000 birth year) teams and four 18U (non-Tier 1) teams, formed geographically by modified high school Section boundaries. 

League Tryout Schedules

Following are the tryout schedules for each of the league teams.  Contact Charlie Graves if any questions.

Tryout schedule by team    
Rinks:       
Dakotah Sport & Fitness:   2100 Trail of Dreams, Prior Lake MN  55372
Plymouth Ice Center:  3650 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth MN  55446
  Date Location Time
Met SE 16U Aug 2nd Dakotah Rink 1  6:00 - 8:00pm
  Aug 6th Plymouth Rink C 12:45 - 2:45pm
  Aug 7th Plymouth Rink B 12:30 - 2:30pm
Goalie Session Aug 8th Plymouth Rink B 6:00 - 7:00pm
       
       
Met NE 16U Aug 3rd Dakotah Rink 2 6:00 - 8:00pm
  Aug 6th Plymouth Rink B 2:45 - 4:45pm
  Aug 7th Plymouth Rink B 5:00 - 7:00pm
Goalie Session Aug 8th Plymouth Rink B 6:00 - 7:00pm
       
       
Met NW 16U Aug 6th Plymouth Rink B 12:30 - 2:30pm
  Aug 7th Plymouth Rink C 12:45 - 2:45pm
  Aug 7th Plymouth Rink C 5:15 - 7:15pm
Goalie Session Aug 8th Plymouth Rink B 6:00 - 7:00pm
       
       
Met SW 16U Aug 6th Plymouth Rink C 8:15 - 10:15am
  Aug 6th Plymouth Rink C 3:00 - 5:00pm
  Aug 7th Plymouth Rink B 2:45 - 4:45pm
Goalie Session Aug 8th Plymouth Rink B 7:00 - 8:0pm
       
       
West 16U Aug 6th Plymouth Rink B 10:15am - 12:15pm
  Aug 6th Plymouth Rink B 5:00 - 7:00pm
  Aug 7th Plymouth Rink B 8:00 - 10:00am
Goalie Session Aug 8th Plymouth Rink B 7:00 - 8:00pm
       
       
Central 16U Aug 6th Plymouth Rink C 10:30am - 12:30pm
  Aug 6th Plymouth Rink C 5:15 - 7:15pm
  Aug 7th Plymouth Rink B 10:15am - 12:15pm
Goalie Session Aug 8th Plymouth Rink B 7:00 - 8:00pm
       
       
South 18U Aug 3rd Dakota Rink 2 8:15 - 10:15pm
  Aug 6th Plymouth Rink B 8:00 - 10:00pm
  Aug 7th Plymouth Rink C 10:30am - 12:30pm
Goalie Session Aug 8th Plymouth Rink B 8:00 - 8:30pm
       
       
Met North 18U Aug 7th Plymouth Rink C 8:15 - 10:15am
  Aug 7th Plymouth Rink C 3:00 - 5:00pm
  Aug 8th Plymouth Rink A 6:15 - 8:15pm
Goalie Session Aug 8th Plymouth Rink B 8:30 - 9:00pm
       
Northwest 18U      
Moorhead Youth Hockey Arena  
Aug 6th 11:00am - 1:00pm  
Aug 6th 4:00 - 6:00pm  
       
       
Northeast 18U      
Duluth Heritage Sports Center  
Aug 6th 9:30 - 11:00am  
Aug 6th 3:00 - 4:30pm  

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League email

Charlie Graves
Director, MN Elite Prep Development League

elite2hockey@gmail.com