The third annual Scotty Bowman Showcase, consisting of two all-star hockey games between high school aged players from Buffalo against their rivals from Rochester, will take place on Sunday, April 15 at HSBC Arena. Admission for the games and parking will be free.
To start the day off, Canisius College head coach Dave Smith will host an NCAA presentation focusing on how high school hockey players can better prepare themselves for the move to the collegiate level. The seminar begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 100 Level Harbor Club. This is also free and open to the public.
The first game will be at 2 p.m. with juniors from each city facing off against one another, followed by a game at 4 p.m. between seniors from each city. The winner of the second game will be awarded the Scotty Bowman Cup. 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.
Players were individually nominated and rated by a group of area coaches from both cities based on their play this past season. The final selection of each team was then completed by the Buffalo Sabres based on the ratings of the nominating committee.
Coaches for the Scotty Bowman Showcase will be Grant Ledyard (Buffalo Seniors), Larry Playfair (Buffalo Juniors), Craig Charron (Rochester Seniors) and Scott Metcalfe (Rochester Juniors).