Photo: Waterloo Blackhawks forward Taylor Cammarata, shown here competing at the 2012 All-American Propsects Game, is one of the more offensively talented American prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Most of the hockey world is on pins and needles waiting for the lockout to end, but you wouldn’t know it sitting inside Young Arena in Waterloo, Iowa. The team mascot, a large bird named Tommy Hawk with a big Domino's Pizza logo on the back of his jersey, riled up the cowbell-waving fans of the hometown Blackhawks in the stands while others grabbed beer and leafed through the game program, reading about their opponent, the Youngstown Phantoms. Hockey lives on.
Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Paul Ladue will play at the University of North Dakota starting in the fall of 2013 (courtesy of Kim Fogle/Lincoln Stars)
During the 2010-11 season, defenseman Paul LaDue was playing for the Alexandria Blizzard of the North American Hockey League, a Tier II junior league known more for producing players for the NCAA rather than the NHL. Just a year later, on June 23rd of this year, he heard his name called at the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh.
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jaccob Slavin, shown here at their prospect camp, will move on to Colorado College in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Jamie Kelleher/HF)
Better and better.
That is how Chicago Steel head coach Scott McConnell describes defenseman Jaccob Slavin’s game.
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.