To date, a total number of 166 players that played in the NAHL this past season or were an alumni of the NAHL from last season, committed to an NCAA school during the 2012-13 season. That averages to almost seven players per NAHL team, or roughly one-third of players on NAHL rosters, committing to an NCAA program last season.
"As we continue to provide more opportunity for players to train, develop and play NAHL hockey we see the level of play increase every day for our student-athletes," said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. "The fact that the vast majority of players come into the league without an NCAA opportunity, but then earn one while playing in the NAHL, is the most gratifying part of it for us. Our commitment numbers continue to increase annually and prove that the NAHL is one of the best at developing its players and ultimately providing an opportunity to move onto the next level."