The National College Prospects Hockey League is an Amateur Athletic Union sanctioned junior hockey league that commenced play in the fall of 2016. The league is not affiliated with the AAU/UHU for the 2017-18 season
As of mid-April 2016 the league has announced 6 teams to be based in western upstate New York and western Pennsylvania. The league later added a 7th team for the inaugural season; the Toronto Stealth. An 8th team was added with the Pittsburgh Kings based in suburban Pittsburgh was added.
The league added the Ottawa Sharpshooters who were originally scheduled to be in the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League. That league reported that team had moved to Almonte, Ontario in June and were renamed the Almonte Jr. Sharpshooters. However, the team is listed as having the Ottawa name and being based out of Almonte. The Ottawa Sharpshooters name is being used for one of the teams and the Almonte name is being used for the CPJHL team as the organization is listing two seperate teams that will compete for the 2016-17 season. The Ottawa team was announced as that it would be the U-18 developmental team for the organization
The Buffalo Hornets organization left the league in July of 2016 and was replaced by the New York Sharks in nearby Niagara Falls, New York. The Sharks appear to have relocated to Mississauga early in September and were renamed the Mississauga Bruins. The Pittsburgh Royal Travelers were also quietly removed from the league website in July.
The Lake Erie Warriors were renamed in late July due to backlash over the team's logo. The team was first renamed the Lake Erie Gulls for one day and then the Lake Erie Eagles The House O'Hockey Mallers were renamed the Blyth Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets on August 29th
The Mississauga Bruins folded in January 2017.
By early April 2017 the Almonte Jr. Sharpshooters replaced their developmental team; the Ottawa Sharpshooters in the league after they were removed from the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League. The league had already added the Navan based Eastern Ontario Hockey Academy, the Kittanning, Pennsylvania based Belmont Bruins and the Lockport Lightning. Later in April the league had added the Glens Falls, New York based Adirondack Jr. Thunder and the Lysander, New York based NBH Fighting Spirit. The defending league champion Rochester Rebels also folded during April 2017.
In late April 2017, the league added the Maniwaki Mustangs from the Outaouais region of Quebec.
The Pittsburgh Kings apparently withdrew from the league in late July 2017. Shortly thereafter, the Adirondack Jr. Thunder and the NBH Fighting Spirit were both removed from the league website with no announcement. Later in the same week the Belmont Bruins were also removed from the league website.
The Mission of the National College Prospects Hockey League is to develop and prepare hockey players for continuing their careers at all levels of college hockey or beyond. Players will participate in a season which will assimilate a college hockey program incorporating on and off ice training, rules and schedule, and academic opportunities.
During the summer of 2017 the mission was further changed to “The NCPHL is a Junior-aged Academic Hockey league with the goal of developing hockey players for continuing their careers at all levels of college hockey”
- 2016-17 Toronto Stealth
- 2017 Rochester Rebels
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