COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While the players for the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were selected on Aug. 1, USA Hockey today revealed the division of players that will comprise Team Housley and Team McClanahan. Former Buffalo Sabres Phil Housley and Rob McClanahan will each coach a team in the event, which includes 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will be staged Sept. 29 at the First Niagara Center, home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
Currently, seven players competing in the game are on NHL Central Scouting's 'A List' for next summer's draft, meaning they are deemed worthy of first-round consideration. The group includes defensemen Mike Downing (Canton, Mich.), Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) and Ian McCoshen (Hudson, Wis.), in addition to forwards J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.), Luke Johnson (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Ross Olsson (North Billerica, Mass.).
The game will feature four players from New York state, including three from the Buffalo/Rochester region: Justin Bailey (Williamsville, N.Y.), Matt Lane (Rochester, N.Y.) and Sean Malone (West Seneca, N.Y.).
For complete Team Housley and Team McClanahan rosters, click here.
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Notes: Team Housley will wear blue uniforms and Team McClanahan will wear white uniforms. Both sets of uniforms for the event were designed by Nike and can be viewed here ... Nick Fohr, assistant coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 Team will serve as an assistant to Housley, while Don Granato, head coach for USA Hockey's NTDP Under-18 Team, will serve at McClanahan's assistant coach ... Additional staff for the event include General Manager Jim Johannson, Director of Player Personnel Tim Taylor, Athletic Trainer Jason Hodges, Equipment Manager Jake Visser and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Breen ... Players selected to compete in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting ... Players selected to partcipate represent 13 different states. Minnesota leads the way with seven and Illinois and Michigan bring six apiece. Other states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin ... Four players from the USHL's Waterloo Blackhawks are among the players selected, including two goaltenders ... Of the 40 players, 31 played their most recent season in the USHL, five come from U.S. high schools, two are from the Ontario Hockey League and one comes from the Western Hockey League.