Top American prospects for NHL Draft set to compete on April 7
USAHockey.com – USA Hockey announced today the players who will compete in the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game, set for April 7 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The contest, a showcase of top American players eligible for the NHL Draft, is set for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised live on NHL Network.
All players participating in the BioSteel All-American Game play in the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior league in the U.S.
The contest will feature the U.S. National Under-18 Team, which includes Illinois’ Sean Behrens (Barrington) and Jack Devine (Glencoe) from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and a roster comprised of 22 players from other USHL teams, which includes Illinois native, Hank Kempf (Chicago) of the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Those 22 players, which include 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies, represent 10 different USHL teams, with the five Chicago Steel players leading all teams.
Overall, the game will display the future of college hockey, as 41 of 43 players are currently committed to play NCAA Division I ice hockey. Seventeen different states feature players on the roster, with Minnesota leading all states with nine players.
Dan Muse (Canton, Massachusetts), Mike Leone (Dearborn, Michigan) and Greg Mauldin (Boston, Massachusetts) will guide the U.S.National Under-18 Team in the contest, while Green Bay Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch (Hancock, Michigan), Fargo Force head coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux (Grand Forks, North Dakota) and Chicago Steel associate head coach Mike Garman (Vail, Colorado) will coach the USHL squad.
NOTES: To date, 215 alumni of the BioSteel All-American Game have been drafted in the NHL, including 46 first-round selections … The 2021 NHL Draft is set for July 23-24 … For more information on the BioSteel All-American Game click here.