USA Hockey along with the Buffalo Sabres have announced that the All American Prospects Game will be held in Buffalo, NY for two consecutive years; starting September 25, 2014, and again in 2015. The CCM All American Prospects Game has become the primer showcase for armature hockey players, and is USA Hockey’s way of celebrating American hockey players.
Buffalo was the site of the first All American Prospects Game in 2011, and its record attendance has yet to be reached. This deal is in large part because of the Harbor Center. A multi-rink complex that Sabres owner Terry Pegula is building. That complex will attach to the First Niagara Center. Having an asset like that is a big draw for USA Hockey, and is a step towards Buffalo becoming a USA Hockey hub.
During the press conference Sabres President Ted Black said that he hopes Buffalo will become not only a USA Hockey attraction, but a gate way to the NHL. If the next two years are a success I would not be shocked if Buffalo becomes the permanent home for the Prospects Game.
Details about the tournament will be coming out shortly, and should include a list of coaches as well as a look at the jerseys.
*Sabres fans tickets to this event will be part of your Season Ticket package.