Hockeyrecruits4u has learned the NAHL (North American Hockey League) has announced the addition of a new hockey league. The North American Hockey League is the only Tier II Junior A League in the country, and teams provide a competitive opportunity for the elite player in a non-pay-to-play environment.
The NA3EHL features 10 members, which include: Cape Cod Islanders (Dennis, MA), East Coast Minutemen (Salem, NH), Jersey Shore Wildcats (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ), Lockport Express (Lockport, NY), Maine Wild (Biddeford, ME), New England Stars (Hudson, NH), New Hampshire Fighting Spirit (Laconia, NH), Roc City Royals (Rochester, NY), Syracuse Stampede (Mexico, NY) and Wilkes-Barre Miners (Wilkes-Barre, PA).
“We feel this is a unique opportunity to operate the NA3EHL in our family of leagues and continue to provide more opportunity for players across the United States who have aspirations of playing college hockey. The Northeast is an area of the United States that has extensive hockey tradition and talent, as well as, a wide range of college programs that are always on the lookout for players,” said NAHL President and NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “We will continue to make decisions for what is best for players that are advancing though our unique ladder of development, and combined with our professional management and staff, we feel we can take the NA3EHL to a heightened level of competition and organization.”
The primary mission of the NA3EHL, which is now managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes at the Tier III junior level, who have the ability and the aspirations to play at the collegiate level. The common goal is to produce athletes that are committed to excellence in academics as well as athletics. By providing a high level of competition, the players will be given the resources to contribute and succeed at the next level of hockey and education. The NA3EHL will operate independently for the 2014-15 season and will apply to join USA Hockey for the 2015-16 season.
“From the outset, our key component has been trying to move players onto college hockey. We believe our new association with the NAHL will further assist us in accomplishing that goal,” said NA3EHL Commissioner Wayne Sheehan. “The cooperative agreement with the NAHL brings a new level of professionalism and organization to our league and provides a new level of credibility. In an area that is rich with hockey talent, we plan to show everyone that the NAHL brand is second to none. When it comes to exposure, awareness, education, organization and events, we believe the NA3EHL will be at the forefront.”
If this new league is able to add to the NA3HL and become one league across the entire US then they will really draw the players because of their unique vertical integration…