The United States Hockey League (USHL), in conjunction with USA Hockey, announced Thursday the USHL roster for the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on April 7 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
The USHL roster features 22 players representing 10 of the USHL’s Member Clubs. For the second-straight year, the roster will go head-to-head with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) Under-18 Team, which is one of the USHL’s 16 Member Clubs. The game, which will be broadcast live on NHL Network, is a showcase of the best 2021 NHL Draft-eligible players currently playing in the United States. The team will be coached by Green Bay Gamblers Head Coach Pat Mikesch, Fargo Force Head Coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux and Chicago Steel Associate Head Coach Mike Garman.
This season’s USHL roster features three players who were named an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting’s most recent rankings, including Chicago Steel forwards Matthew Coronato and Mackie Samoskevich, as well as Sioux Falls Stampede forward Cole Sillinger. Coronato is currently second in USHL scoring with 66 points (36-30-66) in 39 games, trailing only his teammate Sean Farrell who was selected in the 4th Round of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens after playing in the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game. Samoskevich currently has 29 points (11-18-29) in 25 games for the Steel while Sillinger is second in scoring on the Stampede with 34 points (17-17-34) in 21 games this season.
Coronato and Samoskevich make up two of the five roster spots for Chicago Steel skaters (Ryan Ufko, Josh Doan, Jack Harvey), which leads the way for the USHL teams, while the Sioux City Musketeers (Shai Buium, Daniel Laatsch, Bennett Schimek) and Tri-City Storm (Matthew Knies, Carter Mazur, Hunter Strand) each have three players selected.
Among the 22 players on the USHL roster, 14 were rated by NHL Central Scouting on the service’s latest rankings ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft. While three were given “A” ratings, six earned “B” ratings including Ufko, Buium, Knies and Strand as well as Fargo Force defenseman Jack Peart and Force forward Tristan Broz. Another five players had a “C” rating, including Doan, Laatsch and Schimek, as well as Muskegon Lumberjacks forward Cameron Berg and Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Connor Kurth.
The roster is composed of two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards with 21 of the 22 players committed to NCAA Division I schools across four conferences (7 - Big Ten; 6 - NCHC; 4 - Hockey East; 3 - ECAC; 1 - Independent) and 14 schools (3 - University of Minnesota; 2 - Cornell University, St. Cloud State University, University of Denver, University of Massachusetts, University of Wisconsin; 1 - Arizona State University, Boston University, Harvard University, Providence College, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of North Dakota, University of Notre Dame).
At last year’s inaugural event, the NTDP team, coached by Mike Knuble, bested the USHL team, coached by Scott Gomez, 6-1. Among the combined 42 players who participated in the event, 26 were selected in the 2020 NHL Draft, including Jake Sanderson and Brendan Brisson in the First Round. The 16 undrafted players from the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game are eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft, including a trio of players who are scheduled to play for the USHL team in this year’s event: Laatsch, Strand and Muskegon defenseman Hank Kempf.
Now in its second year, the BioSteel All-American Game is a combination of two prior events; the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and the All-American Game hosted by USA Hockey.
The previous USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012) has featured 269 different USHL players. Of the 269, 110 were taken in the NHL Draft and 237 are either committed to, or attended, an NCAA DI program. Among the Top Prospects Game alumni, 115 are currently playing Division I hockey, 39 are in the American Hockey League (AHL), and 14 are in the National Hockey League (NHL). Seventeen current USHL players have previously appeared in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game including 12 in 2019 (Kaden Bohlsen – DM, Lynden Breen – CIL, Ryan Drkulec – WAT, Michael Feenstra – DBQ, Cedric Fiedler – FGO, Will Francis – CR, Christopher Giroday – GB, Dylan Jackson – DBQ, Ty Jackson – DBQ, Tyler Paquette – DM, Grant Silianoff – CR, Logan Stein – WAT) and five in 2018 (Aidan Fulp – DBQ, Xan Gurney – CHI, Ryan O’Reilly – MAD, Jack Randl – OMA, Harrison Roy - CR).
In the seven prior All-American games, 287 players have participated with 243 (84.7 percent) having ties to the USHL. Of the 243 with USHL ties, 161 were playing in the league at the time of the game and 82 were either league alumni or had not yet played in the USHL. Twelve current USHL players previously played in the All-American Game, including eight in 2018 (Braden Doyle – DBQ, Ryan Drkulec – WAT, Aaron Huglen – FGO, Mike Koster – TC, Garrett Pinoniemi – SF, John Prokop – MUS, Cameron Rowe – DM, Grant Silianoff – CR) and four in 2017 (Jack Jensen – OMA, Ryan O’Reilly – GB, Jack Randl – OMA, Adam Samuelsson – SC). Of the 188 total All-American alumni selected in the NHL Draft, 162 are USHL alumni, with all 31 NHL teams having selected at least one USHL alumni.
While the NTDP squad will be named later, the roster will be led by Dan Muse, Mike Leone and Greg Mauldin.
The NTDP roster and on-ice officials for the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game will be named at a later date. Information regarding tickets for the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game will also be announced at a later date. For more information about the game, click HERE.
|Name||Position||USHL Team||NCAA Commitment||Latest NHLCS Ranking|
|Cam Berg||Forward||Muskegon Lumberjacks||University of Nebraska-Omaha||C|
|Tristan Broz||Forward||Fargo Force||University of Minnesota||B|
|Shai Buium||Defenseman||Sioux City Musketeers||University of Denver||B|
|Matt Coronato||Forward||Chicago Steel||Harvard University||A|
|Josh Doan||Forward||Chicago Steel||Arizona State University||C|
|Jack Harvey||Forward||Chicago Steel||Boston University|
|Brent Johnson||Defenseman||Sioux Falls Stampede||University of North Dakota|
|Hank Kempf||Defenseman||Muskegon Lumberjacks||Cornell University|
|Remington Keopple||Goaltender||Des Moines Buccaneers||Cornell University|
|Matthew Knies||Forward||Tri-City Storm||University of Minnesota||B|
|Connor Kurth||Forward||Dubuque Fighting Saints||University of Minnesota||C|
|Daniel Laatsch||Defenseman||Sioux City Musketeers||University of Wisconsin||C|
|Carter Mazur||Forward||Tri-City Storm||Denver University|
|Jack Peart||Defenseman||Fargo Force||St. Cloud State University||B|
|Colin Purcell||Goaltender||Youngstown Phantoms||University of Massachusetts|
|Mackie Samoskevich||Forward||Chicago Steel||University of Michigan||A|
|Bennett Schimek||Forward||Sioux City Musketeers||Providence College||C|
|Cole Sillinger||Forward||Sioux Falls Stampede||A|
|Hunter Strand||Forward||Tri-City Storm||University of Notre Dame||B|
|Ryan Ufko||Defenseman||Chicago Steel||University of Massachusetts||B|
|Zach Urdahl||Forward||Des Moines Buccaneers||University of Wisconsin|
|Cooper Wylie||Defenseman||Waterloo Black Hawks||St. Cloud State University|
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the 2020-21 season will be the USHL's 19th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 51 players selected at the 2020 NHL Draft, marking the third-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league 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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