COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Scotty Bowman will drop the ceremonial first puck at the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Saturday (Sept. 29) at First Niagara Center, home of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres. The legendary coach spent seven seasons with the Sabres (1979-87) and had a hand in bringing Phil Housley and Rob McClanahan, who will serve as head coaches for the event, to the organization.
Bowman spent 30 seasons in the National Hockey League as head coach of five teams, including the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, where he compiled NHL records for regular-season wins (1,244), Stanley Cup Playoff wins (233), Stanley Cup titles as a head coach (9) and appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals (13). He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach in 1977 and 1996 and has since added three more Stanley Cup titles as a member of NHL front offices.
Opening faceoff for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game is set for 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and ticket information is available by visiting AAProspectsGame.com.
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Notes: FASTHockey.com will provide a free-for-view stream of the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game ... Both practices prior to the game Saturday will be open to the public. Team Housley will skate from 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. while Team McClanahan takes to the ice from 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. ... Two youth games will precede the game Saturday and are free of charge to the public. At 12:30 p.m. the Buffalo Saints 18U will host the Amherst Knights 18U team. Immediately following that contest, the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U team will play host to the Greater Boston Jr. Bruins 18U squad at 2:30 p.m. ... 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 ... Of the 40 players competing in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, 30 are from the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in America, including 21 from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Additionally, some 34 of the 40 are future NCAA Division I college players ... Players selected to participate represent 13 different states. Minnesota leads the way with eight, followed by Michigan (6) and Massachusetts (5). Other states include California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, 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.