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January 3, 2013Chicago, IL - The United States Hockey League announced the 40 players selected to compete in the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game presented by CCM to be held on January 23rd at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan.
It is the second season for the event which will showcase many of the top players in the USHL who are eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. A total of 27 players selected are in their first year of eligibility for the NHL Draft.
The selection process was completed in cooperation with USHL General Managers, NHL scouts and team personnel, and NHL Central Scouting.
All 16 USHL Member Clubs have at least one player selected to participate in the event. The Waterloo Black Hawks lead with five players chosen while the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Lincoln Stars, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Sioux City Musketeers, and Tri-City Storm each have four players from their organizations named to the roster.
USHL players scheduled to compete include highly-ranked defensemen Ian McCoshen (Waterloo Black Hawks) and Mike Downing (Dubuque Fighting Saints) along with forward Luke Johnson (Lincoln Stars), all of whom are projected as early round selections in the 2013 NHL Draft. USHL leading scorer Taylor Cammarata (Waterloo Black Hawks) is also on the roster in addition to Arthur Brey (Dubuque Fighting Saints) who leads all USHL goaltender with 15 victories this season.
"The second USHL/NHL Top Prospects game promises to be an outstanding showcase of talent that USHL teams continue to develop for the next levels of hockey," commented USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince. "With so many of our young stars on the NHL watch list, and with the full attention of the National Hockey League, it promises to be a great night of hockey in Muskegon, and something all USHL fans should be anxious to see."
The 40 players chosen will now be divided into two teams for the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the makeup of which will be announced at a later date.
2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Roster
The 2013 NHL Draft is scheduled to take place in June at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey - home of the NHL's New Jersey Devils. A total of 28 players who spent the 2011-12 season in the USHL were selected in the 2012 NHL Draft, including a record six players in the first round.