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2018 NAHL Showcase returns to National Sports Center Sept. 19-23

09/17/2018, 4:30pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

The annual event is one of the largest tournaments hosted at the Schwan Super Rink, generating $6.2 million of economic impact

Blaine, Minn. (September 17, 2018) -- The North American Hockey League (NAHL) Showcase Tournament, in its 16th year as one of hockey's most prestigious and well-attended events of the entire season, will be held September 19-23 at the Schwan Super Rink on the campus of the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. All 24 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance.

For scouting purposes, the event is a yearly gathering for every collegiate program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer.  Last season over 350 NHL, collegiate, and junior scouts attended the event.

All 48 NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live and in HD through Hockey TV, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.

In addition to all 24 NAHL teams playing in the event, the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) of the United States Hockey League (USHL) will also be sending their 17-team for two exhibition games against NAHL teams. The NTDP will play the Northeast Generals at 8 p.m. Friday, September 21 on rink 4, and the NTDP will face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, also on rink 4.

Running parallel to the NAHL Showcase this week will be the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Showcase, September 20-23. There will be three divisions – 18U, 16U and 15U. A total of 81 teams will compete in the NAPHL event.

The NAHL Showcase moved to the Super Rink in 2004, and it has become one of the largest tournaments that the Schwan Super Rink hosts annually. It is also a major driver of additional revenue to local businesses, especially restaurants and hotels. The NSC estimates the total economic impact of the two NAHL events together will be $6.2 million over the five days of the event.

The Schwan 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 Schwan Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities and an ideal venue for large tournaments like the NAHL Showcase.

Here are the teams playing in the NAHL Showcase:

Central Division

Aberdeen Wings, S.D.
Austin Bruins, Minn.
Bismarck Bobcats, N.D.
Brookings Blizzard, S.D.
Minnesota Wilderness, Cloquet, Minn.
Minot Minotauros, N.D.

East Division

Johnstown Tomahawks, Pa.
New Jersey Titans, Middletown, N.J.
Maryland Black Bears, Odenton, Md.
Jamestown Rebels, Jamestown, N.Y.
Northeast Generals, Attleboro, Mass.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, Pa.

Midwest Division

Chippewa Steel, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Kenai River Brown Bears, Soldatna, Alaska
Minnesota Magicians, Richfield, Minn.
Springfield Jr. Blues, Ill.
Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Alaska
Janesville Jets, Wis.

South Division

Amarillo Bulls, Tex.
Corpus Christi IceRays, Tex.
Lone Star Brahmas, North Richland Hills, Tex.
Odessa Jackalopes, Tex.
Shreveport Mudbugs, La.
Topeka Pilots, Kan.

Click here for the game schedule for the NAHL Showcase. All games will be held at the Schwan Super Rink.


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