USA Hockey announced today that HockeyTV will provide live free-for-view streaming coverage of the seventh annual USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game that will take place next Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Xcel Energy Center, home of the NHL's Minnesota Wild.
Fans can find a link to the live broadcast at AllAmericanProspectsGame.com beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET on September 19. NHL Network's Steve Nelson will handle play-by-play duties and Brian Lawton, who became the first U.S.-born player drafted first overall in an NHL Draft when the Minnesota North Stars chose him in 1983, will provide color commentary for the game.
The USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game features 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft. Minnesota natives Jamie Langenbrunner (Cloquet, Minn.) and Jordan Leopold (Golden Valley, Minn.) will each coach a team in the event. Among the 42 players set to participate are a record 10 Minnesotans as well as Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.), the projected first overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.
USA Hockey also announced today that referees Andrew Bruggeman (North Mankato, Minn.) and Sean MacFarlane (Otis Orchards, Wash.) and linesmen Kevin Briganti (Newington, Conn.) and Patrick Richardson (Syracuse, N.Y.) have been selected as this year’s game officials.
Bruggeman is beginning his third full season as a referee in the ECHL. Prior to joining the professional hockey ranks, he gained experience with stops in the SPHL, USHL and NAHL.
MacFarlane is entering his second season in the ECHL and AHL in 2018-19 after gaining his previous experience officiating in the NAHL and USHL. He has officiated one Robertson Cup Final along with two Clark Cup Finals.
Briganti enters his fifth season as an official in the Hockey East Association and has worked two Frozen Four Tournaments. He has also officiated four seasons in the AHL, which has included appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs from 2016-18.
The 2018-19 season will mark the sixth straight that Richardson will work in the ECHL and AHL where he has been selected to work three Kelly Cups. After making stops in the SPHL and NAHL, Richardson is also beginning his second season officiating college hockey in the Big 10.
All four officials are products of USA Hockey’s Officiating Development Program.
Jack McCartan (St. Paul, Minn.) and Dick Meredith (South Bend, Ind.), who helped the U.S. capture the country's first-ever gold medal in Olympic hockey back in 1960, will take part in the ceremonial opening faceoff prior to the start of the game at Xcel Energy Center. Following the contest, Mike "Lefty" Curran (International Falls, Minn.), the starting goaltender for the silver medal-winning 1972 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, will present the MVP trophy to the game's best player.
A late addition to the 1960 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, McCartan played a major role in taking home the first-ever Olympic gold medal in U.S. history as starting goaltender for Team USA. Making 39 saves in the semifinals against Canada, he led the U.S. to the gold-medal game where he made 27 saves in a win over the Soviet Union. Following the Olympics, McCartan enjoyed a 15-year career in professional hockey, playing primarily in the Western Hockey League with the San Diego Gulls before being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.
Meredith scored two goals and added two assists at the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, Calif., to help the U.S. take home gold. He was also a member of the 1956 silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. Meredith played three seasons in the International Hockey League before retiring and accepting a job with the Minnesota North Stars.
Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, Curran was the most valuable player of the silver medal-winning 1972 U.S. Olympic Team. He went on to enjoy a four-year career with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association.
For more information on the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, or to purchase tickets, visit AllAmericanProspectsGame.com.
NOTES: For the full roster of the 42 players competing in this year’s game, click here … Players selected to compete in the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting … To date, 155 alumni of the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game have been drafted in the NHL, highlighted by 36 first-round selections and 26 Minnesotans selected ... Previous host sites for the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game include Buffalo (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017), Pittsburgh (2013) and Philadelphia (2016) ... For more information the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, click here.