The two coaches in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were two names not only associated with the past of the host team, the Buffalo Sabres, but they also carved out their own path to fame in the game of hockey.
For Phil Housley, he came into the game as a heralded high school player from Minnesota, one that would go on to play in nearly 1500 games in the NHL. His offensive exploits landed him in both the USA Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as the Buffalo Sabres' Hall of Fame.
In the case of Rob McClanahan, his NHL career was nowhere near as long-lived as Housley's, but he was a part of one of the most famous hockey games ever played, the “Miracle on Ice”. McClanahan was a member of the plucky U.S. squad that stunned the high-powered team from the Soviet Union, which eventually lead to a rare hockey gold medal for the United States.
McClanahan and Housley faced off in the All-American Prospects Game, with McClanahan's squad coming away victorious, 5-2. The two coaches talked to the media following the game, with their comments captured in this HF video.