The Greatest Show on Ice begins on Wednesday, Sept. 13th at the Super Rink in Blaine, MN
DALLAS, TEXAS – The 20th annual North American Hockey League (NAHL) Showcase is just two weeks away and will be held from September 13-16, 2023, at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. All 32 NAHL teams will play between three and four regular-season games at the Showcase, which is one of hockey’s most prominent and popular events of the entire season and has become the ‘Greatest Show on Ice.All 64 NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live and in HD through NAHLTV. For more information on the NAHL Showcase including schedule, ticket prices, hotels, rental cars and arena information, visit www.nahl.com/showcase The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 300+ professional, college and junior scouts. For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer. “We continue to raise the bar and the 2023 NAHL Showcase will be our biggest and best one yet. It is a thrilling four days of competition and no other event in the hockey world brings people together like the Showcase. The opportunity it represents for our teams and players is one that unique to the NAHL, and we always look forward to seeing a new crop of players and talent showcase their skills. It truly is the Greatest Show on Ice,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. 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, 380 players have already made NCAA commitments during the 2022-23 season, with 260 of those (69%) being NCAA Division I commitments. The NAHL Showcase plays a big role in that success, with dozens of players each season earning an NCAA Division I opportunity during and following their participation in the event. In addition to all 32 NAHL teams playing in the event, the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) of the United States Hockey League (USHL) will be playing in the event in two exhibition games against the El Paso Rhinos on Friday, September 15th and the New Mexico Ice Wolves on Saturday, September 16th. It will be the first event of the season for the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) T1ER League, which will also be played in conjunction with the Showcase. Entering its 15th season in 2023-24, the NAPHL is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned teams that compete in the 18U, 16U, 15U and 14U levels. NAPHL teams will compete at the NAHL Showcase from September 14-17. The Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.
The NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 32 teams from across the United States, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey. During the 2022-23 season, the NAHL recorded 380 NCAA commitments, which also included 260 (69%) NCAA Division I commitments. It marked the seventh straight year the NAHL has had over 300+ commitments in a season. In addition, 38% of all NCAA Division I freshmen played in the NAHL and seven players with NAHL ties were selected in the 2023 NHL Draft. For more information, visit www.nahl.com.