The North American Hockey League is developing tomorrow’s leaders today. The NAHL which is the largest USA Hockey-sanctioned Junior A league in the United States is currently competing in its 37th season. The league consists of 24 teams in 13 states from Alaska to New York and Michigan to Texas. The NAHL is the only Tier II Junior A league in the country. Young men come into the NAHL to play hockey at a high level and develop leadership skills both on and off the ice. The league focuses on development of the athletes for career advancement either in a collegiate program or a professional opportunity.
The collegiate portion of that mission has been gaining momentum over the years with larger numbers of NAHL veterans signing commitments to NCAA D-I and D-III programs each year. That is never more evident than with the two US Service Academies that compete in D-I hockey. Both the Army Black Knights and Air Force Fighting Falcons have rosters dominated by previous NAHL players and many more on the way with a long list of current commitments. The Black Knights and Fighting Falcons are members of the Atlantic Hockey Association where Air Force has won five of the last six AHA Championships.