NAHL, USA Hockey announce long-term partnership agreement


By @MichaelCaples –

USA Hockey and the North American Hockey League have announced an “enhanced long-term partnership agreement that will further improve the junior hockey development program in the United States.

A joint press release states that USA Hockey will provide additional resources to the NAHL to continue to improve all facets of the league, including player development, coaching, officiating and overall visibility.

The release says that the NAHL will continue as the only Tier II junior hockey league within USA Hockey.

“We’ve been extremely proud of our role within USA Hockey. This announcement continues to move our sport forward in a very positive way,” said Mark Frankenfeld, commissioner and president of the NAHL. “The NAHL is where it is today because of our committed ownership and their focus on providing players top-quality coaching, skill development and community-supported teams in stable markets, and one-of-a-kind events that provide unparalleled exposure.”

“The North American Hockey League has been, and continues to be, an important part of the ladder of development in our country,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “We’re excited about the future and look forward to continued collaboration with the league in all areas of the game.”

“Today is a great day for hockey,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, assistant executive of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “As we continue to grow and work together on the junior hockey front, we know our cumulative efforts will result in the overall betterment of our sport.”

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