10 games highlight Day 1 of T1ER event in New Jersey
The third event of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) T1ER League began on Friday, October 27th with 18 and 16U teams taking to the ice for games. The third event of the 2023-24 T1ER season is taking place this weekend on October 27-29, 2023, at the Middletown Sports Complex in Middletown, NJ.
All games at the October Showcase in New Jersey can be watched exclusively on NATV.
NAHL Games New Jersey Titans vs. Johnstown Tomahawks
Fri: 10/27 | 7:30pm Middletown Sports Complex
Sat: 10/28 | 7:00pm Middletown Sports Complex
ALL Participating players, coaches, & officials are invited to the NAHL games at the Middletown Sports Complex. In order to gain FREE ENTRY to the event, please wear your participating team’s polo, jacket, or jersey and mention you are part of the NAHL T1ER event to gain entry and enjoy the game. **Parents wanting to attend will need to pay to enter the NAHL Games**
Day 1 Recaps
T1ER 18U: The New Jersey Titans blanked the Northeast Generals by a final score of 7-0 after netting 2 goals in the first, 1 in the second and 4 in the third. Samuel Strand posted a hat-trick in the game, while netminder Aidan Foley backstopped 27 shots. The NC Golden Bears defeated the New Jersey Jr. Titans Elite by a final of 2-1. Ryan Bernard and Grayson Heckle both scored and goalie Lennon Kuehl stopped 27 of 28 shots. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights scored 3 goals in the third period to take a 4-1 win over the North Shore Academy. Goaltener James Hurt was fantastic, turning away 31 of 32 shots. The New Hampshire Mountain Kings blanked the Northeast Generals in a 7-0 final. Alex Ravikovich had a three point game netting two goals and dishing out an assist while goaltender Brayden King took the win in net. The Philadelphia Hockey Club won 10-3 against the New Jersey Titans. Marc Nicastro had a 5 point game and goaltender Lorenzo Rossi stopped 38 of 41 shots. The New Hampshire Mountain Kings defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights by a score of 5-1. Artemii Egorov added two goals and an assist in the win. Goaltender Oscar Pupillo stopped 39 shots in the contest.
T1ER 16U: The New Jersey Titans Elite Squad won 6-1 against the Northeast Generals. DeWight Singleton and Aidan Alon added two goals in the game, and Goalie Cade Thompson took the win in net. The New Hampshire Mountain Kings edged the North Shore Academy with a second period goal for a 2-1 final. Jonah Winsor and Aidan Gile both recorded a goal in the game, while netminder Grant O’Brien stopped 28 shots. After scoring 4 goals in the second period, the New Hampshire Kings defeated the New Jersey Jr. Titans Elite by a score of 8-1. Aidan Gile had a three point game and goaltender Tim Teilgades stopped 20 shots.
Tenders: One of the major benefits of the T1ER League is the fact that all 32 NAHL teams have two tenders that are exclusively used on T1ER players. Each NAHL team is granted 10 tenders, plus or minus any trades, which become active on November 1. However, the two exclusive T1ER tenders have already been released and NAHL teams are eligible to start signing players for the 2024-25 season.
The October weekend marks the second event for the T1ER League and traditionally is the Pre-Tender Distribution Showcase. It represents a prime opportunity for T1ER players to showcase their abilities as this event is strategically timed during release of tenders to NAHL clubs.
What is a tender? A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team.
A record number of 75 players who played in the league during the 2022-23 season signed NAHL tenders for the current 2023-24 season.
In the last three years, no other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the North American Hockey League than the T1ER.
Founded in 2009 and now in its 15th season in 2023-24, the NAPHL T1ER League is the premier training ground for development, exposure, and opportunity. The success of teams on the national stage, as well as the success of T1ER players at the next levels of hockey, is further proof that the T1ER League is redefining exposure and has become the marquee place to play for elite level players, ages 13-18.