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Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 11:31 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Team Johnson wins All-American Prospects Game

PITTSBURGH -- The instant chemistry between Dylan Larkin of the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program and Keegan Iverson of the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks was on display at the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

As linemates for Team Mark Johnson, Larkin, of Waterford, Mich., and Iverson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., each had a goal and an assist to lead their team to a 5-2 victory against Team Joe Mullen on Thursday before an energetic crowd at Consol Energy Center.

Iverson, a "C" rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list form the Western Hockey League, was presented the Gillette Player of the Game Award.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 8:39 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Dylan Larkin scores only goal of 2nd period

PITTSBURGH -- Dylan Larkin of the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program scored the only goal of the second period to give Team Mark Johnson a 1-0 lead over Team Joe Mullen in the second CCM/USA Hockey All-American Top Prospects Game at Consol Energy Center.

Larkin, who was given an "A" rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list from the United States Hockey League for the 2014 NHL Draft, connected 37 seconds into the period to give Team Johnson the lead.


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Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 7:54 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Goalies sparkle in opening period of Prospects Game

PITTSBURGH -- The goalies certainly stole the show in the opening period of a scoreless tie in the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All American Prospects Game on Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

Ed Minney of the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program was kept busy throughout in the opening 20 minutes, turning aside 16 shots for coach Joey Mullen. Minney was called upon to stop several attempts from in close, as well as a few rockets from the point.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 3:52 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Ryan MacInnis hopes to follow in father's footsteps

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan MacInnis is hopeful that he'll one day be able to follow the path of his Hockey Hall of Fame father. The only difference is he'll do so playing at a different position.

Unlike Al MacInnis, a seven-time All-Star defenseman who spent 23 seasons in the League with the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames, son Ryan plays center for the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers. The younger MacInnis was one of 39 players in attendance here at Consol Energy Center for the morning practice session in preparation for the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

He'll skate with Seamus Malone of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League and Blake Clarke of the OHL's North Bay Battalion for coach Joe Mullen's team.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 1:02 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

AAPG coaches have eyes opened by on-ice talent

Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen have spent one day with their players prior to the 2013 All-American Prospects Game, but the coaches were impressed with the prospects' skill level during practice at Consol Energy Center on Thursday.

Johnson, head coach of the University of Wisconsin women's ice hockey team, said he was amazed with the prospects' development compared to the level of his peers' progress when they were 17 years old. The players' size impressed Johnson the most, as he said they towered over him, even before stepping into their skates.

"I'm used to looking at my players on the level that I'm looking at you right now," Johnson said. "All of a sudden, you're looking up at them. The size and the speed [stood out]. Obviously, when I was playing we had some big players in the League, but they didn't move quite as well as these players do.

"So, it's very impressive to even watch them in a 30-minute workout, and certainly tonight behind the bench it's going to be exciting to see them compete against each other."


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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 5:05 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Lineups announced for All-American Prospects Game

PITTSBURGH -- USA Hockey on Wednesday announced how the teams will line up when the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game takes place Thursday here at Consol Energy Center.

The teams are being coached by Penguins alums Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen. Team Mullen will play the game one player short due to a late injury.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the 7 p.m. ET faceoff. Bill Guerin, who will be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this fall, will present the Gillette Player of the Game Award in a postgame ceremony. Guerin currently serves as the Penguins' player development coach.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 3:21 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Johnson and Mullen excited to return to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- The game hasn't even started, but the gamesmanship between coaches Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen began in earnest Tuesday during a media conference call prior to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held Thursday here at Consol Energy Center.

The two U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees and former Pittsburgh Penguins are excited and looking forward to the opportunity to coach 39 of the top 2014 NHL Draft-eligible American-born players.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 2:54 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Shero not surprised by NHL's youth movement

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero isn't surprised by the smooth transition that many young players have made to the National Hockey League in recent years.

He's looking forward to witnessing the next elite group of American-born players on Thursday during the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Consol Energy Center.

"The training is so much different at a young age and players are more physically prepared to play at a young age in the NHL," Shero said. "It could be a byproduct of the CBA and the entry-level contract that gives young players more of an opportunity. These players are very serious about their off-ice training. The League has been very fortunate to have these players come in and play, and they are very exciting to watch."


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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 2:52 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Pavelek replaces Poganski at AAPG

PITTSBURGH -- Forward Dylan Pavelek of the United States National Team Development Program's under-18 team was added Wednesday to the roster for Team Mullen for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Game, which will be played Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

He replaces Austin Poganski of the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League, who pulled out of the game due to an injury.

In addition to Poganski, forward Greg Betzold of the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League also will miss the game due to injury. According to USA Hockey, no replacement will be named for Betzold.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 2:13 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Wagner, Billitier to skate in AAPG

USA Hockey on Tuesday announced two additional injury replacements for the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which will be held Thursday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Both replacements will play for the United States National Team Development Program's under-18 team this season. Forward Ryan Wagner will replace Connor Chatham on Team Joe Mullen, while defenseman Nathan Billitier replaces Johnathan MacLeod on Team Mark Johnson.

Wagner had 12 goals and 11 assists with the Chicago Mission under-16 team last season, and had one goal in five games to help the United States win the silver medal in August at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament. The 5-foot-8, 168-pound center is committed to the University of Wisconsin for the 2015-16 season.

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Posted On Monday, 09.23.2013 / 2:06 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Top U.S. talent set for All-American Prospects Game

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The puck drops for the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen, both former members of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, will each coach a team. The game will feature two players from Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's Tony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting, OHL) on defense and Wind Gap native Ed Minney (USNTDP, USHL) in goal. Both players, each considered "B" prospects on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list, will star for Team Mullen.

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