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Looking Back: 2015 All-American Prospects Game

By, 09/13/17, 9:15AM EDT


2017 AAPG Details

The Just of It: Team Plante defeated Team Roenick, 6-4, in the fourth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, on September 24, 2015. 

Celebrity Coaches: Derek Plante (Cloquet, Minn.), who was drafted out of high school by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, and Jeremy Roenick (Boston, Mass), a nine-time NHL All-Star whose career goals goals (513) and points (1216) rank fourth all-time among NHL Americans, served as head coaches for the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. 

Game Details

Team Plante

2015 AAPG Draft Class

Team Roenick

Most Valuable Player: Luke McInnis (Hingham, Mass) notched two points, including the game-winning goal on the powerplay with 1:50 remaining, to earn MVP honors. 

McInnis nets the game-winner on the power play late in the game.

High-Scoring Affair: The 10 combined goals were the most scored in a CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game before Team LeClair and Team Howe tied the mark a year later in Philadelphia. Team Roenick’s Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo.) started the scoring barrage with the fastest goal in the game’s history just 10 seconds into the contest.

Kunin tallies just 10 seconds into the game for the fastest goal in AAPG history.

Draft Picks Galore: 25 players that participated in the game went on to be chosen in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, including a record 10 first-round selections. A pair of those first-round picks, Matthew Tkachuk (6th overall, CGY) and Kunin (15th overall, MIN), netted goals just 10 seconds apart in the third period for the fastest pair of tallies in CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game history.

Tkachuk ties the game for Team Roenick.

Kunin nets his second goal of the game 10 seconds after Tkachuk's marker.

Coach Plante - Postgame Quote

“It’s a whole rink of guys that are obviously really big, but have a lot of skill and a lot of speed. When I was a player, I think anybody who was over 6-foot-4 was usually pretty slow, but these guys were amazingly fast for their size. It’s really fun to watch these guys play like that and as they grow into their bodies they can only get better and better.”

Coach Roenick - Postgame Quote

“I was really impressed. When you’re down that low and you see their speed and their explosiveness, it was really impressive. These kids today, they’ve been bred to be winners and champions and great hockey players and you could tell tonight they wanted to put on a show.”

Have Made NHL Debut:

Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes)

Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins)

Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames)

(current team in parenthesis)

Notable Honors Since The AAPG:

2017 IIHF World Junior Championship (Gold) – Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.), Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.), Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.), Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.), Clayton Keller, Media All-Star Team (St.Louis, Mo.), Luke Kunin, captain (Chesterfield, Mo.), Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn.), Charlie McAvoy, alternate captain and Media All-Star Team (Long Beach, N.Y.), Tyler Parsons (Chesterfield, Mich.) and Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.)

2016 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship (Bronze)Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.), Logan Brown (Raleigh, N.C.), Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.), Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.), J.D. Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.), Clayton Keller (St.Louis, Mo.), Ryan Lindgren, captain (Minneapolis, Minn.), Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Griffin Luce (Williamsville, N.Y.), Graham McPhee (Bethesda, Md.), Nick Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.) and James Sanchez (Northbrook, Ill.)

2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (Bronze) - Alex DeBrincat (Farmington Hills, Mich), Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.), Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.)

2015 AAPG Photos

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