Photo: Luke Rendino of the NAHL's Michigan Warriors is another in a growing number of hockey players emerging from Southern California (courtesy of the NAHL)
At 5’11”, 160 pounds, Luke Rendino of the Michigan Warriors is so skinny that you can see his ribs. In fact, when he was injured in a 2-1 win over the Topeka Roadrunners in this year’s NAHL Showcase tournament, you could see where he was hurting as he ran his fingers over his ribcage.
Photo: Ryan Fitzgerald, a forward for the Valley Junior Warriors of the EJHL, had a memorable CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game as he tallied three assists and copped MVP honors at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
It is unlikely that a quick scan of the rosters for the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game by the average observer would have produced much more than a shrug when coming across the name, Ryan Fitzgerald.
Photo: Former Olympic hockey star Rob McClanahan talks to the media at the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
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.
Photo: NHL coaching legend Scotty Bowman presents the Most Valuable Player award to Team McClanahan's Ryan Fitzgerald following his team's 5-2 win at the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game was a qualified success, with the on-ice action helping to overcome what was a sparse crowd attending this prospect showcase, a game that was won by Team McClanahan, 5-2.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman and top 2013 prospect Seth Jones puts his talents on display at the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Players taking part in the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will be under the scrutiny of scores of NHL scouts and GM's that will be in attendance. But one player may draw the attention of these interested observers more so than others, that player being defenseman Seth Jones.