The Los Angeles Kings and United States Hockey League announced in a joint release the inaugural 2016 Pacific Region Showcase for March 24-27. The showcase will feature the region’s top 40 players in the 2000, 2001 and 2002 age groups as determined by USHL scouts.
“The Pacific District is a very important region for the growth of our league. The LA Kings have been a fantastic partner and we are looking forward to scouting the best players in an elite showcase,” USHL Director of Player Development and Recruitment Doug Christiansen said. “In addition to the on-ice activities, the USHL will be hosting a dinner on Thursday night to help educate families on the USHL, as well as answer any questions they may have.”
The showcase will be held at the Toyota Sports Center El Segundo. It will be operated and coached by NHL alumni, and will give players the opportunity to play in games, skill sessions with a Q&A informational session to learn more about the USHL.
The announcement comes one year after no junior league in the world had more NHL Draft picks. Nearly 20 California natives were named to opening day USHL rosters, including top 2017 NHL Draft prospect Brannon McManus. California also had the third most invitees attend the USHL Combines last season behind only Michigan and Illinois.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.