ABERDEEN, SD (AberdeenWings.com) – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the release of the 2023-24 regular season schedule.
Celebrating its 49th season in 2023-24, the NAHL is the oldest and one of the largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the free-to-play model. The NAHL is also one of the best in the world at advancing players to NCAA and professional hockey.
With 321 commitments so far during the 2022-23 season, the league has set a new standard with 300+ NCAA commitments in each of the last seven seasons. That also includes 244 NCAA Division I commitments this past season. In addition, 10 players with NAHL ties were listed in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings for the 2023 NHL Draft.
“The release of the NAHL schedule is always an exciting day for our teams and fans. A lot of hard work goes into building the schedule, so credit goes to our owners for their diligence and commitment to making it happen. We are coming off another incredible season of competition and NCAA advancement. The NAHL continues to set a gold standard and when it comes to earning an NCAA commitment while playing in the league, and no one is doing better or more often than our teams and players. 300+ NCAA commitments for seven straight seasons is an outstanding achievement,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.
Each of the 32 teams in the league’s four divisions (Central, East, Midwest and South) will play 60 regular season games. The regular season will commence on September 8, 2023, and end on April 13, 2024.
The 20th annual NAHL Showcase Tournament will be held from September 13-16, 2023, at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. All 32 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which is one of hockey’s most prominent and popular events of the entire season. For scouting purposes, the event 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. A showcase schedule is scheduled to be announced sometime in July.
2023-24 NAHL Divisional Alignment:
Central Division (6): Aberdeen Wings, Austin Bruins, Bismarck Bobcats, Minot Minotauros, North Iowa Bulls, St. Cloud Norsemen
East Division (9): Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, Johnstown Tomahawks, Maine Nordiques, Maryland Black Bears, New Hampshire Mountain Kings, New Jersey Titans, Northeast Generals, Philadelphia Rebels, Rochester Jr. Americans
Midwest Division (8): Anchorage Wolverines, Chippewa Steel, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Janesville Jets, Kenai River Brown Bears, Minnesota Wilderness, Springfield Jr. Blues, Wisconsin Windigo
South Division (9): Amarillo Wranglers, Colorado Grit, Corpus Christi IceRays, El Paso Rhinos, Lone Star Brahmas, New Mexico Ice Wolves, Odessa Jackalopes, Oklahoma Warriors, Shreveport Mudbugs