The USHL Pittsburgh Showcase will provide a glimpse of hockey’s up-and-coming talent on Friday and Saturday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
The showcase will include the Anderson Cup Champion Youngstown Phantoms, Clark Cup Finalist Muskegon Lumberjacks, and both the U-17 and U-18 USA National Team Development Programs.
The event begins Friday at 5 p.m. when Muskegon faces off against USA U-18, followed by Youngstown vs. USA U-17 at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Muskegon will battle USA U- 17 at 4 p.m. while Youngstown will face USA U-18 at 7 p.m.
The Phantoms are owned by former Pittsburgh Penguin and Stanley Cup Champion Troy Loney. His son Ty, who signed an AHL deal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earlier this summer, played with Youngstown from 2009 through 2011.
Many Pens fans will already be at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for Penguins training Camp this weekend to catch a glimpse of superstars and recent draft picks alike. For those looking towards the future, this weekend’s showcase is a fantastic place to start.
“People want to see who’s coming up and what’s next,” Troy Loney said. “We’re a good spot to see that.”
Especially because the USHL had 37 players selected in June’s 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the most of any junior hockey league in the world – something that commissioner Bob Fallen said surprises people when they hear it for the first time.
“I think what’s happened and occurred at the NHL Draft these past couple years is certainly getting people to stand up and take notice of what we’re doing here in the United States for development,” Fallen said. “Very pleased with the progress of our league, very pleased with the quality of our coaching and play on the ice, and looking forward to showcasing our talents this weekend in Pittsburgh.”
Tickets for the USHL Pittsburgh Showcase are available for $15. Fans can purchase tickets at the door, or by calling the Youngstown Phantoms at 330-747-7825.
Tickets for each game are available at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Day passes with access to both games are $20, and individual game tickets are $15.