Agreement provides for greater developmental and advancement opportunities for players
The United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier 1 junior hockey league, in partnership with the North American Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier 2 junior hockey league, and in conjunction with USA Hockey, announced today a revised player movement agreement between the USHL and NAHL, effective immediately.
"We are thrilled to finalize a new player movement agreement with the NAHL and update our partnership in conjunction with USA Hockey's Ladder of Development." said USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity. “This new agreement is all about more and better opportunities for junior hockey players, which is exactly what we aim to provide.”
The agreement between the two leagues promotes the Ladder of Development in junior hockey, and provides for greater developmental and advancement opportunities for players. Under the new agreement, USHL teams may automatically recall designated affiliate players, who are playing in the NAHL, without a trade form under certain conditions. The agreement also allows USHL teams to loan players to the NAHL on a temporary basis under certain conditions.
“It's another great day for the players entrusted to us, as we strengthen our partnership with the USHL and within the USA Hockey family, further reinforcing our common core commitment to develop players for the NCAA and NHL,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. "Combining the resources of the USHL and the NAHL for player development equals an unmatched investment into the hockey community.”
The new agreement, which is an update to the 2007 player movement agreement between the NAHL and the USHL, grants USHL teams the unprecedented ability to recall designated affiliate players from the NAHL without having to execute a formal trade.
“We're extremely pleased with this agreement,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations for USA Hockey, “It’s a positive step forward and a central piece to the ladder of development in junior hockey."
About the USHL
The USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
About the NAHL
The North American Hockey League (NAHL), the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 24 teams from across North America, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey. During the 2017-18 season, the NAHL recorded a record-breaking number of 331 NCAA commitments, 70% of which were NCAA Division I commitments. In addition, nine players with NAHL experience were selected in the 2018 NHL Draft.