Eight players who came up through the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite youth hockey program are on USHL rosters for the DICK'S Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic, to be held September 26-29 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
More than 400 NHL, collegiate and amateur scouts will be in attendance as all 16 USHL teams play two regular season games apiece. It marks the fourth straight year that the country's top developmental league will hold its marquee scouting event at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, practice home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The eight Penguins Elite products are defenseman Brian Kramer (Fargo), forward Alexander Servagno (Green Bay), defenseman Cole Oravitz (Madison), forward Cam Recchi (Omaha), defenseman Caden Lewandowski (Youngstown), goaltender McLean Dorr (Youngstown), forward Matthew Sutton (Omaha) and defenseman Mikhail Gonchar (Lincoln).
"The Fall Classic has evolved to become a priority scouting event that provides all 31 NHL clubs an initial look at the top talent available for the NHL Draft, playing at one site over four days of entertaining and competitive games," said Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting.
There also will be elite invitational youth tournaments featuring 16 top teams in each of four age groups - 14-and-under, 15-and-under, 16-and-under and 18-and-under. Those teams will be competing at four other local rinks - the Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale; Printscape Arena at Southpointe; the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center on Neville Island; and the Alpha Ice Complex in Harmarville.
In all, more than 2,000 youth players (and many of their families) will be coming to Butler and Allegheny Counties.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the five-year-old UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex are honored to be hosting this unique event for the fourth straight year, and appreciate the support of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau and VisitPittsburgh.
For schedule information, please go to ushl.com. For tickets, please click here.