Sabres, USA Hockey announce inaugural All-American Prospects Game

April 16, 2012 Updated Apr 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM EDT

By WKBW News

April 16, 2012 Updated Apr 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today it will stage the first-ever All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 29, 2012, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

The All-American Prospects Game will include 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

"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 Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "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."

"We're extremely pleased to have this inaugural event come to Buffalo," said Ted Black, president of the Buffalo Sabres. "We have a tremendous working relationship with USA Hockey and I know our fans will embrace the All-American Prospects Game."

USA Hockey expects to announce the players selected to compete in the game in late June or early July.

"Players will come from junior hockey and college hockey, as well as the high school and prep school ranks," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "We'll be in contact with NHL Central Scouting as we build the final list of players invited to compete in this inaugural event."

Johannson noted more information will be forthcoming, including how the teams will be divided and who will coach the teams.

Ticket information is expected to be released in May.

Below is a statement from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown:

“We are extremely pleased that the great City of Buffalo was selected to host the inaugural All-American Prospects Game in September,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “Bringing the event to Buffalo speaks to our collective track record of success in hosting hockey tournaments, including the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship. We look forward to welcoming the country’s finest American-born prospects to Buffalo this fall.”

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