The Buffalo Sabres announced that the 14th Annual Scotty Bowman Showcase will take place on Thursday, March 22 at KeyBank Center.
The 2018 Scotty Bowman Showcase consists of three all-star hockey games between players from Buffalo and their rivals from Rochester. Each game will consist of two 22-minute halves. Admission for the games is $5.
The first game will begin at 5 p.m. with high school juniors from the two cities facing off against one another for the Tim Horton Memorial Cup.
The next game will take place at 7 p.m. between high school seniors from each city. The winner of the second game will be awarded the Scotty Bowman Cup. This award and the event are named after the legendary Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history. Bowman will be in attendance to present the Bowman Cup to the victorious senior team.
The third game will feature players from Buffalo and Rochester who play prep school or junior hockey, either locally or elsewhere. The players will be split up into even teams and will face off for the Rick Martin Memorial Cup at 9 p.m.
Several players have furthered their careers following their participation in the Scotty Bowman Showcase, the most high-profile player being Phil Lane of Rochester. Lane was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft after competing in both the 2008 and 2009 events. Lane was the first of five Scotty Bowman Showcase alumni to be selected in the NHL Draft, joined by Dennis Gilbert (Chicago Blackhawks, 2015), Joe Cecconi (Dallas Stars, 2015), Austin Osmanski (Buffalo Sabres, 2016) and Jack Dugan (Vegas Golden Knights, 2017).
Players will be individually nominated and rated by a group of high school, midget and junior coaches from both cities based on their play this past season. The final rosters for each team will be selected by the Buffalo Sabres based on the ratings of the nominating committee. The participants for each game will be announced at a later date.
For more information, or to nominate a player for consideration, please contact Sabres Youth Hockey Manager Ed Grudzinski by phone at 855-4174 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.