COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While the players for the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were selected on Aug. 1, USA Hockey today revealed the division of players that will comprise Team Housley and Team McClanahan. Former Buffalo Sabres Phil Housley and Rob McClanahan will each coach a team in the event, which includes 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will be staged Sept. 29 at the First Niagara Center, home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
Currently, seven players competing in the game are on NHL Central Scouting's 'A List' for next summer's draft, meaning they are deemed worthy of first-round consideration. The group includes defensemen Mike Downing (Canton, Mich.), Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) and Ian McCoshen (Hudson, Wis.), in addition to forwards J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.), Luke Johnson (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Ross Olsson (North Billerica, Mass.).
The game will feature four players from New York state, including three from the Buffalo/Rochester region: Justin Bailey (Williamsville, N.Y.), Matt Lane (Rochester, N.Y.) and Sean Malone (West Seneca, N.Y.).