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Looking Back: 2014 All-American Prospects Game

By, 09/13/17, 9:00AM EDT


2017 AAPG Details

The Just of It: Team Grier topped Team Olczyk, 6-3, in the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, on September 25, 2014. 

Celebrity Coaches: Mike Grier (Holliston, Mass,), who played three-plus seasons for the Buffalo Sabres, and Ed Olczyk (Palos Heights, Ill.), a 2012 inductee into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, served as head coaches for the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

Game Details

Team Grier

2014 AAPG Draft Class

Team Olczyk

Most Valuable Player:  Team Grier’s Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) netted the game-winning goal and an assist to earn MVP honors. Eichel’s tally, which came at 11:13 of the third period, was the first of three-straight goals Team Grier scored in the final frame to secure the victory. 

Eichel netted the game-winning goal with 8:47 to play.

Goalies Shine: Team Olcyzk’s Mike Lackey (Washington, D.C.) and Team Grier’s Luke Opilka (Effingham, Ill.) combined to stop 26 shots in the opening period to keep the game scoreless heading into the first intermission. Lackey finished with 15 saves on 16 shots, Opilka finished with 22 saves on 23 shots and Team Olczyk’s Ryan Larkin (Clarkson, Mich.) set a CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game record with 24 saves in relief of Lackey.

Lackey makes a big first-period save.

Multi-Point Efforts: Five players had multi-point games, including Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.), who netted two goals, and Alex Baer (St. Louis Park, Minn.), who opened the scoring with this goal 5:35 into the second period.

Bracco finishes a feed from Eichel.

Behind The Scenes: On the eve of the game, the players were welcomed with a dinner hosted by the Buffalo Sabres and a tour of the First Niagara Center. 

Have Made NHL Debut:

Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks)

Brandon Carlo (Boston Bruins)

Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets)

Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres)

Christian Fischer (Arizona Coyotes)

Noah Hanifin (Carolina Hurricanes)

Jack Roslovic (Winnipeg Jets)

Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Colin White (Ottawa Senators)

(current team in parenthesis) 

Notable Honors Since The AAPG:

2017 NHL All-Rookie Team & Calder Award Finalist - Zach Werenski (Gross Pointe Woods, Mich.)

2017 NCAA Hockey National Championship (Denver) Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

2017 IIHF World Junior Championship (Gold)Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.), Casey Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.), Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y.), Caleb Jones (Frisco, Texas), Tanner Laczynski (Shorewood, Ill.), Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio), Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Colin White, alternate captain (Hanover, Mass.)

2016 NHL-All Rookie Team - Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.)

2016 Calder Cup Championship (Lake Erie Monsters)Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.)

2016 NCAA Hockey National Championship (North Dakota) Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.)

2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (Bronze)Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.), Brandon Carlo (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Zach Werenski, captain (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.), Colin White, alternate captain (Hanover, Mass.)

2015 IIHF Men’s World Championship (Bronze) - Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.)

2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winner - Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.)

2015 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship (Gold) - Nick Boka (Plymouth, Mich.), Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.), Christian Fischer (Wayne, Ill.), Casey Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.), Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y.), Caleb Jones (Frisco, Texas), Luke Opilka (St. Louis, Mo.), Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio), Steven Ruggiero (Kings Park, N.Y.), Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Ohio), Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich.) and Colin White, alternate captain (Hanover, Mass.)

Game Highlights

2014 AAPG Photos

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