About Junior Hockey and the NAHL
Celebrating its 38th season in 2013-14, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) is the largest USA Hockey-sanctioned Junior A circuit with 24 teams representing some of the nation's emerging hockey markets as well as traditional hot beds in 13 states.
The goals of junior hockey are to promote, develop and administer the domestic USA Hockey program for junior-aged players, teams, and leagues. The principal purpose of this development program is to prepare the athlete for career advancement either in a collegiate program or a professional opportunity.
Many NAHL alums have continued their hockey careers in professional leagues, including the NHL. The ranks of NAHL-pedigreed players in the NHL continues to swell. Included are some the game's brightest stars like New York Islanders netminder Rick DiPietro (NTDP), Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (NTDP), Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson (NTDP), Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (NTDP) and Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (NTDP).
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.
For more information, visit nahl.com