Simanovics, Zap named to Top Prospects roster

Amarillo, Tx– Rihards Simanovics and Roman Zap have been selected for the 2023 NAHL Top Prospects roster. 

The number of players each NAHL team is sending to the tournament, in which four teams from the four NAHL divisions: Central, East, Midwest, and South, will each play in two game games, was based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 8, 2023.

The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly scouted events in junior hockey. Last season, over 200 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. It continues to be an important part of the NAHL event model, which includes the NAHL Showcase in September and the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship in May.

Simanovics has tallied 17 points in 33 games this season. The defenseman has seven goals, all on the power play. Roman Zap has ten points on the year, including the overtime-winning goal Friday night over New Mexico. 

The 2023 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament will return to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, and be held from February 6-7, 2023. The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex is the practice home to the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and was home to the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament last season.

The game schedule is listed below: 

2023 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament Schedule (all times eastern)

Monday, February 6th

1:00pm: South vs. Midwest

4:00pm: East vs. Central

Tuesday, February 7th

11:00am: Central vs. South

2:00pm: Midwest vs. East