By Zac Carlson
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Oct. 19-20: NJPHL Hockey Showcase
Oct 19-20: Exchange Volleyball Tournament
Oct. 28: Intermat JJ Classic Wrestling: October 28
This weekend the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission will be hosting the National Junior Prospects Hockey League (NJPHL) Showcase. This event consists of 16 teams arriving Thursday night to play four games each, two on Friday and two on Saturday.
The teams will compete in two different age groups; U16 Tier 1 AAA Minor Midgets and U18 Tier 1 AAA Major Midgets. Teams will be coming here from all over the US: Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Detroit, Florida, Virginia, Billings, and Illinois.
The NJPHL is a unique event that travels around the country holding different showcases in different cities. The league was created and designed by coaches in order to develop and promote hockey players who are committed to enhancing their skills in preparation for the next level of hockey.
The main goal of the NJPHL is to create a competitive hockey league and to showcase its athletes in front of all levels of Prep Schools, Junior A, and NCAA Collegiate hockey programs.
Bob Black, the league director and commissioner, says he is very excited to bring the NJPHL to Rochester.
"The league is very excited to work with the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission on hosting our showcase," Black explains, "The staff with the Rochester Sports Commission really know how to host an event and the NJPHL appreciates all their hard work and efforts. Some of our players had the good fortune to spend a long weekend this past March up here as part of our All-Star program and they enjoyed the town and people of Rochester. They were happy to come back this fall."
All of the games will be broadcasted and announced by Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network (MSBN). Nick Walsh of MSBN is very excited to be able to work with the NJPHL. "MSBN is continually striving to add quality content to our network, and for us to be able to work with the NJPHL, as well adding 36 great hockey games and the talent on display will certainly be a welcome addition to the network" Walsh states.
If you wish to view online, the website is www.mnsportsnetwork.com.
Please come out and show support for the new group coming into town on Friday and Saturday at Graham Arena. There promises to be some great hockey in Rochester!Amateur Update is a weekly column on amateur sports activities in southeastern Minnesota, provided by the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission.