USA Hockey announced today the Team Chelios and Team Leetch rosters for the sixth annual CCM/USAHockey All-American Prospects Game that is set for Sept. 21 at KeyBank Center, home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and site of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame members Chris Chelios (Chicago, Ill.) and Brian Leetch (Corpus Christi, Texas) will each coach a team in the event, which will feature 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.
USA Hockey also announced today that Seth Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn.), head coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 Team, will serve as an assistant to Chelios, while Nick Fohr (Grand Forks, N.D.), associate coach for USA Hockey's NTDP Under-18 Team, will serve as Leetch's assistant coach. Appert, entering his first year as the head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team, will serve as an assistant coach at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game for the first time. Fohr, who begins his seventh season with USA Hockey's NTDP and first as an associate coach, will be an assistant coach at the CCM/USA Hockey ALl-American Prospects Game for the fourth time after fulfilling the role at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 events.
NOTES: Tickets for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game are on sale now at AllAmericanProspectsGame.com ... The 42 players represent 16 states, including one from New York in Cicero's Joel Farabee. Other states represented include California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. Michigan leads all states with nine players while Minnesota ranks second with seven … Players selected to compete in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting ... USA Hockey will unveil the CCM-designed uniforms for the game in September ... To date, 127 alumni of the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game have been drafted in the NHL, highlighted by 30 first-round selections ... Previous host sites for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game include Buffalo (2012, 2014, 2015), Pittsburgh (2013) and Philadelphia (2016).