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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the 7th annual Scotty Bowman Showcase will take place on Thursday, April 7 at HSBC Arena. The Scotty Bowman Showcase consists of two all-star hockey games between high school aged players from Buffalo against their rivals from Rochester. Admission for the games is $5.

The first game will be at 6 p.m. with juniors from each city facing off against one another, followed by a game at 8 p.m. between seniors from each city. The winner of the second game will be awarded the Scotty Bowman Cup. The Buffalo seniors won last year’s Bowman Cup, and hold a 5-1 advantage in the event’s six-year history.

The event is named after the legendary Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history. He will be in attendance to present the Bowman Cup to the victorious senior team.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at the HSBC Arena Box office or by calling (888) GO-SABRES.

Several players have furthered their careers following their participation in the Scotty Bowman Showcase, with the most high profile player being Phil Lane of Rochester. Lane was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, after competing in both the 2008 and 2009 events.

Players will be individually nominated and rated by a group of area high school, midget and junior coaches from both cities based on their play this past season. The final selection of each team will then be completed by the Buffalo Sabres based on the ratings of the nominating committee. The announcement of the participants for each game will take place at the end of March.

This year’s event will once again feature Music is Art’s “Student Battle of The Bands,” featuring some of the best musical talent that Western New York has to offer. Six finalists (chosen from over 150 WNY schools) will perform during intermission and in between games for a panel of music industry professionals, with one chosen as the Best Student Band in WNY. The bands will compete in a special performance area in the Zamboni end of the arena, which will be broadcast on the HD videoboard and throughout the arena sound system. Go to for more information, or call (716) 880-3377.

For more information on this year’s edition of the Scotty Bowman Showcase, please contact Michael Gilbert at (716) 855-4526.
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