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Olczyk, Grier named coaches for AAPG

by Mike G. Morreale

NHL on NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk and former NHL player Mike Grier will serve as coaches in the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which will be held Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Each team will feature some of the top American-born players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. Team rosters will be announced at a later date.

Grier spent four of his 14 NHL seasons with the Sabres, including his final two, 2009-11. In 241 games he had 23 goals and 70 points and also 11 points in 31 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the team.

In all Grier, a 1993 ninth-round pick (No. 219) of the St. Louis Blues had 162 goals and 383 points in 1,060 games with the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Sabres and San Jose Sharks.

Grier, a native of Detroit, also played three seasons at Boston University. That's the same college where top 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel will play this season. Eichel, a center, is expected to be one of the top two picks at the 2015 draft and also play a prominent role for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Prior to his job with NBC, Olczyk was coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins for two seasons, 2003-04 and 2005-06.

The players selected to compete in the All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.

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CCM/USA HOCKEY ALL-AMERICAN PROSPECTS GAME ROSTER

GOALIES: Ryan Bednard, Johnstown (NAHL); Mike Lackey, USA U-18 (USHL); Ryan Larkin, Michigan (NAHL); Luke Opilka, USA U-18 (USHL)

DEFENSEMEN: Doug Blaisdell, Kitchener (OHL); Nick Boka, USA U-18 (USHL); Brandon Carlo, Tri-City (WHL); Joseph Cecconi, Muskegon (USHL); Tory Dello, Tri-City (USHL); Christian Evers, USA U-18 (USHL); Casey Fitzgerald, USA U-18 (USHL); Grant Gabriele, USA U-18 (USHL); Noah Hanifin, Boston College (H-EAST); Caleb Jones, USA U-18 (USHL); Jack McNeely, Lakeville North (HIGH-MN); Steven Ruggiero, USA U-18 (USHL); Zachary Werenski, Michigan (BIG 10); Spenser Young, Dubuque (USHL)

FORWARDS: Cameron Askew, Moncton (QMJHL); Karch Bachman, Culver Academy (HIGH-IN); Alec Baer, Vancouver (WHL); Paul Bittner, Portland (WHL); Brock Boeser, Waterloo (USHL); Jeremy Bracco, USA U-18 (USHL); Kyle Connor, Youngstown (USHL); Taggert Corriveau, Westminster (HIGH-CT); Jack Eichel, Boston University (H-EAST); Christian Fischer, USA U-18 (USHL); Mike Floodstrand, USA U-18 (USHL); Erik Foley, Cedar Rapids (USHL); Brent Gates, Green Bay (USHL); Jordan Greenway, USA U-18 (USHL); Tanner Laczynski, Chicago (USHL); Connor Moynihan, Halifax (QMJHL); Thomas Novak, Waterloo (USHL); Chase Pearson, Youngstown (USHL); Jack Roslovic, USA U-18 (USHL); Ryan Smith, Green Bay (USHL); Troy Terry, USA U-18 (USHL); Brendan Warren, USA U-18 (USHL); Colin White, USA U-18 (USHL); Dennis Yan, Shawinigan (QMJHL)

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