USA Hockey announced Monday the creation of the first-ever All-American Prospects Game that will be played on Sept. 29, 2012, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The All-American Prospects Game will include 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL draft, including players already in college, junior players, and those playing high school and prep school hockey.
“It’s a concept we’ve been talking about for a couple of years and we’re excited to bring it to life in partnership with the Buffalo Sabres,” said USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean in a statement. “The talent level on the First Niagara Center ice on Sept. 29 will be exceptional. We view this game as an opportunity to gain additional exposure for hockey and help influence growth of the sport through showcasing the future stars of the game.”
The players selected to compete in the game will be announced in late June or early July.
More information will be forthcoming, including how the teams will be divided, coaches and ticket information.