SAN JOSE, California –
Sharks Sports & Entertainment and the United States Hockey League (USHL) have reached an agreement to host the USHL’s first in-season youth tournament of the 2012-13 season, the USHL Western Shootout, from August 31 to September 3, 2012 at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
The four-day event will ice some of the best Midget Major, Midget Minor, and Bantam Major AAA hockey teams from across the United States and Canada and will showcase players to scouts from every USHL team and USHL Central Scouting.
The tournament, hosted by the San Jose Jr. Sharks, will be the ninth annual Labor Day Tournament held by the club at the Sharks Ice at San Jose facility. Each team is guaranteed four games and players will be able to take part in informational sessions regarding the USHL and the opportunities the League has to offer. The Jr. Sharks aim of the tournament is to provide a high-level AAA season-opening experience while providing players some exposure to the USHL. The USHL’s goal for the tournament is to help identify future players and to find the best players to participate in the 2013 USHL Combines.
The USHL has 16 member teams located in the Midwestern United States consisting of players who are 20 years of age and younger. The USHL is strictly amateur, allowing former USHL players to compete for NCAA teams later in their career. For more information on the USHL Western Shootout, including registration, please visit http://www.sjjrsharks.com.
About Sharks Ice at San Jose
Sharks Ice at San Jose is the official practice facility of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The nearly 188,000 square-foot facility accommodates ice hockey, figure skating, broomball, curling, speed skating, ice dancing, and public skating. Sharks Ice at San Jose, along with Sharks Ice at Fremont and the Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice currently holds the largest number of Adult USA Hockey participants of any facility in the nation (more than 4,500). Sharks Ice at San Jose features a Pro Shop, large meeting and party spaces, as well as Stanley’s Sports Bar, a full service restaurant that overlooks three of the four rinks. Sharks Ice at San Jose is located at 1500 South 10th Street in San Jose, California, at the intersection of Alma and Tenth Street. It is the largest indoor ice facility west of the Mississippi River and is one of only seven rink facilities in the United States that currently operates at least four NHL-sized rinks. For more information, visit www.sharksice.com.
About the USHL
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 10th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12. With 28 picks during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 13 NHL draftees on its rosters this season, and over 250 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL is emerging as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit www.USHL.com or visit the League’s multiple social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), Twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action online all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).