COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced a pair of youth hockey games will precede the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 29 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The contests will feature some of the premier local youth hockey talent at the midget level, as well as youth hockey players from the East Coast.
The first game, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. (EDT), features two local midget teams: the Buffalo Saints 18U hosting the Amherst Knights 18U team. Immediately following that contest, the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U team will play host to the Greater Boston Jr. Bruins 18U squad at 2:30 p.m. (EDT). Both games are free of charge and open to the public.
The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which is set for a 7 p.m. faceoff, will feature 40 of the top American prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Four players from New York State are featured on the roster, including three from the Buffalo/Rochester region: Justin Bailey (Williamsville, N.Y.), Matt Lane (Rochester, N.Y.) and Sean Malone (West Seneca, N.Y.).
To purchase tickets for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, or for more information, visit AAProspectsGame.com. Tickets for youth are just $5 while adult tickets start at $15.
NOTES: Former Buffalo Sabres Phil Housley and Rob McClanahan will each coach one of the teams in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game ... Of the 40 players competing in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, 31 are from the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in America, including 22 from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Additionally, some 28 of the 40 are future NCAA Division I college players ... For the complete roster, click here ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information regarding the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and join the conversation by using #AAPG.