LIGHTNING ELITE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO PLAY IN NORTH AMERICAN PROSPECTS HOCKEY LEAGUE (NAPHL) PREP SCHOOL DIVISION BEGINNING IN THE 2019-2020 SEASON
Joins Top Prep Schools From Across North America
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning’s (High School) Elite Development Program (EDP) Junior/Senior team announced today its acceptance into the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Prep School Division, beginning play in the 2019-2020 season. The Lightning EDP team joins 9 other prep schools and hockey academies from throughout North America in the NAPHL Prep Division. The division will consist of the following programs
“This is huge for our program,” said EDP Program Director Tom Garavaglia. “One of our goals is to provide hockey players from Tampa Bay an opportunity to play against some of the best competition in North America, showcasing them in front of scouts and coaches as they consider continuing their hockey careers after high school. The NAPHL has a tremendous track record for player development and advancement. We are excited to have our local players be a part of it.”
The NAPHL Prep division season consists of a series of 3 showcase weekends played between Blaine, MN and Detroit, MI totaling 12 games.
“I am very excited for the Prep league as we have teams from Canada down to Florida. The Lightning EDP is a unique opportunity to work with a good high school league to help its players gain exposure with a national league,” said NAPHL Director and NAHL Director of Player Personnel Tony Zasowski.
ABOUT THE NAPHL
Operated by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), the NAPHL is entering its 11th season. The NAPHL has established itself as one of the best training grounds for player development and exposure. In the last year, more than 120 NAPHL players advanced to and competed in the NAHL. In the 2018-2019 season, the NAHL set a new single-season record with 345 NCAA commitments, the majority of which were Division I.
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