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Kings to host USHL Player Development Showcase

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings and United States Hockey League announced in a joint release the inaugural 2016 Pacific Region Showcase for March 24-27. The showcase will feature the region’s top 40 players in the 2000, 2001 and 2002 age groups as determined by USHL scouts.

“This is a very important showcase for our league with the hard work of USA Hockey and the growth of hockey in the Pacific Region,” said Director of Player Development and Recruitment Doug Christiansen. “The USHL continues to grow and attract top talent because of players in this region. It’s important for us to have the opportunity to educate young players about the USHL and the options it gives a player and his family.”

The showcase will be held at the Toyota Sports Center El Segundo. It will be operated and coached by NHL alumni, and will give players the opportunity to played in games, skill sessions with a Q&A informational session to learn more about the USHL.

The announcement comes one year after no junior league in the world had more NHL Draft picks. Nearly 20 California natives were named to opening day USHL rosters, including top 2017 NHL Draft prospect Brannon McManus. California also had the third most invitees attend the USHL Combines last season behind only Michigan and Illinois.

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