Players Invited to Attend the 2018 America’s Showcase Team Illinois Tryouts Announced

Formerly called the Chicago Showcase and renamed to USA Hockey America’s High School Showcase will be conducted April 19-23, 2018 in St. Peters, Missouri.

Twenty-four boys’ teams from across the United States representing forty-three States will compete and showcase their talents to scouts from every major hockey institution in the country. The purpose of this prestigious event remains the same. It is designed to allow high school hockey players from around the country, who do not traditionally get scouted due to geographic and budgetary constraints within the scouting circles, the opportunity to compete against the best of the best during a five-day period and be seen by every major hockey institution in North America.

During the past couple of months, coaches from America’s High School Showcase Illinois Team have been rating players throughout Illinois. The players invited to tryout have been identified as one of the best players in Illinois High School Hockey. AHAI wishes to extend to them an invitation to ‘tryout” for the team that will represent us at America’s High School Showcase. There will be three (3) tryouts for everyone and a final tryout for approximately the final 40 players to determine the final America’s High School Showcase Illinois team. Good luck to all players! VIEW ROSTERS>>

Please click HERE to view America’s Showcase Team Illinois Tryout Schedule

It is very important that the players that are trying out for this team understand the requirements and the commitment you are expected to make. With the short amount of time we have to put this Team together, it is to each player’s benefit to cooperate with the Coaching Staff in regard to tryouts and practices. In particular, we would like you to understand the following points:

You must attend at least one tryout to be eligible for consideration for this team. No player will be selected on reputation only. We pared down to only 40 players on the 4th and final night. We will select and announce the final roster of 20 players and up to 5 alternates shortly after the final tryout.

If you are selected to be an America’s High School Showcase Illinois Team member, the Team will practice from late March until the start of America’s High School Showcase on April 16th. The Team may play exhibition games during this time as well. All commitments to your current team will be over by then (unless your team is participating in the USA Hockey National Championships). It will be impossible to put this team together and make us all proud of our effort without the commitment of each player for the few weeks preceding the America’s High School Showcase event. Your commitment during this time is required.

The coaching staff of America’s High School Showcase Illinois Team is headed up by head coach Jon Grzbek, from Benet Academy with Nick Iaciancio, from Providence Catholic and Mark Mullally, from Naperville Central and the AHAI coaching staff. The General Manager of this year’s team will be Mike Mullally.


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