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USHL's Top NHL Draft Prospects Come to Lincoln in January

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars, in conjunction with the United States Hockey League (USHL), have announced that the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be hosted on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at The Ice Box.

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The two-day event will begin on Monday, Jan. 7 with off-ice measurements conducted by NHL Central Scouting as well as an on-ice testing session followed by the game on Tuesday evening. All on-ice activities during the event will take place at The Ice Box. Lincoln becomes one of just six cities to host the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game since 2012, and Nebraska teams have been selected in three of the last four years.

“Being chosen to host the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is a great honor for the city of Lincoln and the Stars organization”, said Stars Owner Ryan Schiff. “We are looking forward to hosting the very top prospects of the USHL in the Star City and giving our passionate fan base an opportunity to show why Lincoln is such a great place to play junior hockey.”

Since the event began in 2012, a total of 21 Stars players have participated including a league-high and team-high five players at the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. In the past, Stars players like 2017 Team West MVP and Montreal Canadiens prospects Cayden Primeau, Penn State goaltender Peyton Jones, and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Tanner Laczynski have participated in the event. Last year, three of the five Lincoln Stars representatives were selected at the 2018 NHL Draft: Paul Cotter (Vegas Golden Knights), Christian Krygier (New York Islanders) and Cole Krygier (Florida Panthers).

“We are excited to be hosting the 2019 Top Prospects Game in Lincoln,” said USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity. “We are extremely confident that this will be a wonderful showcase for our players and our league.”

The announcement comes just two months after the USHL had 45 players who played at this level last season selected at the 2018 USHL Draft, the most players in USHL history and the largest representation of any junior league in the world, including 17 players who participated in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. In total, 93 players who have participated in the event since 2012 have been selected in the NHL Draft, including four first-round selections: Shane Bowers (Ottawa Senators, 2017), Kyle Connor (Winnipeg jets, 2015), Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks, 2015) and Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis Blues, 2012).