Updated: January 17, 2020
The USHL and USA Hockey announced Friday the rosters for the inaugural 2020 BioSteel All-American Game set to be played at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, January 20, 2020 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
The team will be coached by former NHL forward and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Scott Gomez. Sioux Falls Stampede Head Coach Scott Owens and Muskegon Lumberjacks Head Coach Mike Hamilton are both Assistant Coaches for the game.
Team Gomez features 20 current USHL players, representing nine of the USHL’s Member Clubs. The roster will take on the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) Under-18 Team, one of the USHL’s 16 Member Clubs, in a showcase of the best NHL Draft-eligible players currently playing in the United States. That roster, Team Knuble, will be coached by former NHL forward and Stanley Cup Champion: Mike Knuble. NTDP coaches Seth Appert, Nick Fohr and Brent Darnell will join Knuble behind the bench.
The Chicago Steel lead the way with five players on the Team USHL roster, including defenseman Luke Reid and forwards Brendan Brisson, Sam Colangelo, Sean Farrell, and Gunnarwolfe Fontaine. The Waterloo Black Hawks have the next most with four (goalie Logan Stein, forward Patrick Guzzo, forward Ryder Rolston, forward Wyatt Schingoethe) while the Des Moines Buccaneers, Dubuque Fighting Saints, Muskegon Lumberjacks and Tri-City Storm have two players on the roster. The Green Bay Gamblers and Madison Capitols are represented by defenseman Mason Lohrei and forward Carson Bantle, respectively.
The roster features 15 players listed on the updated rankings from NHL Central Scouting ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft. Among them are four B-rated skaters: Colangelo, Reid, Rolston and Tri-City Storm defenseman Mitch Miller. There are also 11 C-rated skaters: Bantle, Brisson, Farrel, Guzzo, and Schingoethe, defensemen Noah Ellis (Des Moines) and Hank Kempf (Muskegon), and forwards Ryan Beck (Dubuque), Nick Capone (Tri-City) and Alex Laferriere (Des Moines). Team USHL is rounded out by goaltender Aidan McCarthy (Dubuque), defensemen Lohrei and Alex Gagne (Cedar Rapids) and forward Alex Gaffney (Muskegon).
The roster is composed of two goaltenders, six defensemen and 12 forwards with 18 of the 20 players committed to NCAA Division I teams across five conferences (Hockey East – 5, Big Ten – 4, ECAC – 4, NCHC – 3, WCHA – 2) and 13 schools (3 – Harvard University; 2 – Northeastern University, University of Denver; 1 – Cornell University, Ferris State University, Michigan Tech University, Ohio State University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, University of New Hampshire, University of North Dakota, University of Notre Dame).
The NTDP U-18 roster will be the same as the team that takes the ice as part of a full USHL 62-game schedule including goaltenders Drew Commesso and Noah Grannan, defensemen Brock Faber, Owen Gallatin, Connor Kelley, Tyler Kleven, Daniel Laatsch, Eamon Powell, Jake Sanderson, and Jacob Truscott, while the forward group consists of Matthew Beniers, Brett Berard, Thomas Bordeleau, Daniyal Dzhaniyev, Zakary Karpa, Tanner Latsch, Hunter McKown, Dylan Peterson, Landon Slaggert, Ty Smilanic, Hunter Strand, Luke Tuch, and Chase Yoder.
This new event is a combination of two previous events, the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and the All-American Game hosted by USA Hockey and will be a great event for NHL scouts to witness the best talent the United States has to offer before the 2020 NHL Draft in June.
The game will be broadcast live on NHL Network.
|#||Position||Name||USHL Team||College Commitment (NCAA)||NHL Central Scouting Rating|
|21||F||Carson Bantle||Madison Capitols||Michigan Tech University (WCHA)||C|
|17||F||Ryan Beck||Dubuque Fighting Saints||University of Denver (NCHC)||C|
|14||F||Brendan Brisson||Chicago Steel||University of Michigan (Big Ten)||C|
|12||F||Nick Capone||Tri-City Storm||University of Connecticut (Hockey East)||C|
|11||F||Sam Colangelo||Chicago Steel||Northeastern University (Hockey East)||B|
|8||D||Noah Ellis||Des Moines Buccaneers||University of Massachusetts (Hockey East)||C|
|19||F||Sean Farrell||Chicago Steel||Harvard University (ECAC)||C|
|18||F||Gunnarwolfe Fontaine||Chicago Steel||Northeastern University (NCAA)|
|20||F||Alex Gaffney||Muskegon Lumberjacks||Harvard University|
|4||D||Alex Gagne||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders||University of New Hampshire|
|16||F||Patrick Guzzo||Waterloo Black Hawks||Ohio State University||C|
|5||D||Hank Kempf||Muskegon Lumberjacks||Cornell University (ECAC)||C|
|10||F||Alex Laferriere||Des Moines Buccaneers||Harvard University (ECAC)||C|
|2||D||Mason Lohrei||Green Bay Gamblers||Ohio State University|
|30||G||Aidan McCarthy||Dubuque Fighting Saints||Uncommitted|
|6||D||Mitchell Milller||Tri-City Storm||University of North Dakota (NCHC)||B|
|7||D||Luke Reid||Chicago Steel||Uncommitted||B|
|9||F||Ryder Rolston||Waterloo Black Hawks||University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)||B|
|15||F||Wyatt Schingoethe||Waterloo Black Hawks||University of Denver (NCHC)||C|
|1||G||Logan Stein||Waterloo Black Hawks||Ferris State University (WCHA)|
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 18th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2019-20. The USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, and more than 800 alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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