All-American Prospects Game Returning to Buffalo
CHN Staff Report
The 2014 and 2015 All-American Prospects Game will be held at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, USA Hockey announced today. The 2014 edition will be played Sept. 25. The date for the 2015 game will be announced next year.
"We're extremely pleased to be returning to Buffalo, the site of the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game in 2012," Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said. "The enthusiasm and support for hockey in Western New York will provide a great environment for the future stars of the NHL who will play in this game. It's terrific to be working with the Sabres organization and we appreciate their continued commitment and support of hockey at all levels."
The All-American Prospects game includes 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
Players are chosen by USA Hockey, in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, with the final rosters typically unveiled each August.
"Hosting the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game two years ago and now bringing it back to our city is central to our continuing strategy to transform Buffalo into an international hockey destination," said Ted Black, president of the Buffalo Sabres.
Ticket information will be released at a later date. All Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders will receive a ticket to the event as part of their season ticket package at no additional cost.
USA Hockey will unveil the CCM-designed uniforms for the game later this year. In addition, the coaches for the game are likely to be announced sometime prior to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Buffalo hosted the first game, in 2012. The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted last September. Penguins alumni Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen were head coaches for the game.