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The United States Hockey League announced that Tri-City Storm head coach Anthony Noreen and Youngstown Phantoms head coach Brad Patterson will serve as the head coaches for Team West and Team East, respectively, at the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Noreen is in his first season with the Tri-City Storm, who are currently second in the Western Conference with a 16-6-0-0 record. Noreen previously served as the head coach and general manager of the Youngstown Phantoms from 2011-15, finishing with a record of 126-99-19 and leading the Phantoms to a USHL record 17-game winning streak en route to an Anderson Cup championship in 2015. Noreen was also named 2015 USHL Coach of the Year prior to a two-year stint with the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL). Noreen will be joined by Tri-City Storm players Wyllum Deveaux and Jace Foskey in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Patterson is in his second season as head coach of the Youngstown Phantoms, who are currently first in the Eastern Conference with a 12-6-3-1 record. Patterson led the Phantoms to a Clark Cup Playoffs berth last season after finishing with a 34-20-6-0 record in his first season as head coach, a season in which he was named an assistant coach for Team East at the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Prior to his time as head coach, he was an assistant coach for the Phantoms from 2009-16, including serving as an assistant to Noreen from 2011-15. Patterson will be joined by Youngstown Phantoms players Max Ellis, Curtis Hall and Ivan Prosvetov in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
In addition to announcing the head coaches of the game, the USHL announced the assistant coaches, support staff, officials and media staff for the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Omaha Lancers head coach David Wilkie and Lincoln Stars head coach Cody Chupp will serve as assistant coaches for Team West. Both Wilkie and Chupp are first-year head coaches for their respective clubs. The Lancers are currently fourth in the Western Conference with an active eight-game winning streak, and are 9-1-0-0 in their last 10 games. The Stars currently sit sixth in the Western Conference, and are one of five Western Conference clubs to have a positive goal differential (+6).
Chicago Steel head coach Mark Abalan and Dubuque Fighting Saints head coach Oliver David will serve as assistant coaches for Team East. Both Abalan and David are first-year head coaches for their respective clubs. The Steel are currently third in the Eastern Conference with a 11-7-1-2 record despite losing key players to the World Junior A Challenge. The Fighting Saints sit fourth in the Eastern Conference after a slow start, and are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 games.
Dan Bouska (Tri-City Storm), Corey Courtney (Lincoln Stars) Colt Graf (Tri-City Storm) and Spenser Popinga (Waterloo Black Hawks) were named as the support staff for the game. USA Hockey officials named to the game include Elliott Bucholz, Rhodes Dolan, Eric Krasnichuk and Jake Rekucki. Media coverage for the event will include Kendall Grayson (Tri-City Storm), Jim Olander (Sioux Falls Stampede) and Collin Schuck (Lincoln Stars). Brandon Anderson (Lincoln Stars) was named photographer for the USHL during the game.
2018 marks the sixth time, and fourth consecutive year, that the USHL will be hosting the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game featured eventual Clark Cup Final coaches Dan Muse and Jay Varady. Muse later became the first USHL coach to be promoted directly to an NHL bench after he won the Clark Cup championship with the Chicago Steel. The 2018 NHL Draft will be held June 22-23 in Dallas, TX at the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Stars.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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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