The National Junior Prospects Hockey League Eastern Conference fights for playoffs
The National Junior Prospects Hockey League has announced the Eastern Conference Showcase will be held Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24, at Cornerstone Ice Arena in Lockport, and Dwyer Ice Arena on the Niagara University campus.
In its fifth season, the NJPHL is comprised of Midget Minor and Midget Major teams competing at the highest level. The NJPHL season schedule plays at seven showcase events, including the Championship Showcase, which will be held the weekend of Feb. 6-8 in Pittsburgh.
"The addition of the Cornerstone Ice Arena to the City of Lockport and to Niagara County provides a new state-of-the-art ice facility for teams to utilize in this area," said Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. President and CEO John Percy. "This will increase the number of out-of-town teams playing at Cornerstone, which increases visitation to the county and provides an opportunity for us to showcase all that Niagara County has to offer."
NTCC will host a coach's welcome lunch Friday, Jan. 23, and provide an information table with volunteer greeters at the Cornerstone Ice Arena to assist attendees with things to do in the area and restaurant recommendations.
The mission of the NJPHL is to provide exposure to all Midget-age hockey players to Junior A, NCAA Division I and III, and professional scouts at its showcase events. The facilities will provide the scouting staff with player information to evaluate the talent level of student-athletes and give them the opportunity to market their respective programs. Scouts are welcome to food and soft drinks in the NJPHL VIP room all weekend.
The following teams will compete at the U16 Midget Minor or U18 Midget Major level in the 2014-15 National Junior Prospects Hockey League: Washington Jr. Capitals, Summit X-Treme, Pittsburgh Predators, Blyth Academy, Buffalo Stars, Pittsburgh Jr. Vengeance, Southern Tier Express, North Broward Prep, Wheatfield Blades, Belle Tire Selects and Oakland Grizzlies.
Visit the NJPHL website at nationaljuniorhockey.com for more information.