The annual tournament, which is sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation, brings together world-class junior hockey clubs from various countries for competition. Games will be played at the Shayba Arena at Sochi Olympic Park.
“We are excited that the NAHL is representing the United States on the international stage and this is a great opportunity for our league to take part in this prestigious event,” said NAHL commissioner and president Mark Frankenfeld. “We expect the games to be played at a very high level as we will be competing against some world-class competition, so it will be a fun and unique challenge for our players.”
Team NAHL will compete in Group B alongside Oulun Karpat (Finland), Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) and HC Ocelari Trinec (Czech Republic), while Lokomotiv (Russia), Alberta Junior Hockey League (Canada), Modo Hockey (Sweden) and HC Davos (Switzerland) will face off in Group A.
Team NAHL is comprised of a 24-man roster featuring one player from each of the 24 teams that competed in the NAHL, the only Tier II junior league in the U.S., during the 2018-19 season. All tournament rosters are limited to five players with 1999 birth years.
Aberdeen Wings head coach Scott Langer is serving as head coach for Team NAHL with Amarillo Bulls head coach Rocky Russo as the team’s assistant coach.
The NAHL is planning to broadcast the games on the NAHL YouTube channel. Additional news and information can be found at NAHL.com.