This is the 2016-17 National College Prospects Hockey League season. This is the league's first season.
Leading up to the start-up of league play a team based out of Cheektowaga, New York named the Buffalo Hornets was replaced by the Niagara Falls, New York based New York Sharks and the Bakerstown, Pennsylvania based Pittsburgh Royal Travelers disbanded and were replaced by the Almonte, Ontario based Ottawa Sharpshooters, who are the U-18 developmental team for the Almonte Jr. Sharpshooters of the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League, which also starts play with the 2016-17 season.
The Lake Erie Warriors ran into strong media attention for a logo that was considered by some to be racially insensitive. In late July, the team would change its nickname to the Gulls and then a day later change the name to the Lake Erie Eagles. The House O'Hockey Mallers were renamed the Blyth Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets on August 29th.
|Buffalo Hornets||Cheektowaga, New York||Holiday Rinks||become New York Sharks|
|House O'Hockey Mallers||Kittanning, Pennsylvania||Belmont Arena||become Blyth Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets|
|Lake Erie Warriors||Erie, Pennsylvania||Erie Insurance Arena||renamed Eagles after team logo caused a media response|
|New York Sharks||Niagara Falls, New York||Hyde Park Pavillion||organization transferred to Rexdale (Mississauga) September 2016|
|Niagara Red Cats||Lockport, New York||Cornerstone Ice Arena||quietly dropped by league October 2016|
|Pittsburgh Royal Travelers||Bakerstown, Pennsylvania||Airport Ice Arena||disbanded and replaced in league by Ottawa team|
|Blyth Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets||Kittanning, Pennsylvania||Belmont Arena||quietly dropped by league October 2016|
To be added upon completion of the regular season
Frosty Four PlayoffsEdit
As of the start of the season the top six teams will qualify for the playoffs.
Best-of-three March 11-13, 2017
- Seed 3 vs Seed 6
- Seed 4 vs Seed 5
Single Elimination March 17, 2017
- Seed 1 vs lower seeded quarterfinal winner
- Seed 2 vs higher seeded quarterfinal winner
Single Elimination March 18, 2017
- Semfinal winners
The Frosty Four champion are scheduled to advance to a single game event to be called the NCPHL-CPJHL-AAU Junior Hockey Challenge Cup which is scheduled to be held March 25, 2017.