The United States Hockey League and Los Angeles Kings announced in a joint release the second annual Pacific Showcase for Mar. 30 – April 2, 2017. The showcase will feature the region’s top 40 players in the 2001, 2002 and 2003 age groups as determined by USHL Central Scouting.
"The USHL is thrilled to continue its partnership with the Kings,” said Director of Player Development and Recruitment Doug Christiansen. “The Showcase provides elite players the opportunity to be scouted in their own backyard while learning more about the USHL. California has established itself as one of the leaders in player development and we are excited to bring the USHL back to LA.”
The showcase will be held at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, CA. It will be operated and coached by NHL alumni and USHL staff. Showcase participants will have the opportunity to play in games, a skill session and have a Q&A informational session to learn more about the USHL. The players will be scouted by Division 1 college hockey coaches, USHL staff and the National Team Development Program.
The announcement comes after 50 current USHL players and 12 alumni were named to the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List on January 18, 2017. 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 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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.
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