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America’s Showcase for high school hockey players will be played again in St. Louis

The 2019 America’s Showcase will take place April 11-15 in St. Louis and will feature more than 30 teams from more than 20 states and regions across the United States.

The showcase was developed 34 years ago and was known as the Chicago Showcase until it’s move to Pittsburgh in 2010. America’s Showcase has been moved to St. Louis and Missouri Hockey/Midstates Club Hockey Association has been chosen to be the Host Organization.

Its purpose is to allow high school hockey players from around the country, who do not traditionally get scouted due to geographic and budgetary constraints, the opportunity to compete against the best High School players in the country during a five-day period and be seen by many major hockey institutions (Jr., Collegiate and Professional) in North America.

This year’s Showcase team is open to any junior or senior currently playing in the Mid-States Club Hockey Association or the Mississippi Valley Club Hockey Association who is in good standing with their team and league, and who also participated in at minimum 50 percent of their high school club’s games. Participants should be considering playing hockey after graduating high school.

All applicants must have their forms submitted no later than March 1.

All applications for players and volunteers can be found at www.midstateshockey.us under “Events/Team Missouri”.

The registration fee $75.00.

Send completed form and a check made payable to Mid-States High School Hockey to: Team Missouri Tryouts c/o Debbie Hayes St. John, 613 Riverbend Court Arnold, MO 63010.

For more information, send an email to debbiestjohn@sbcglobal.net.

The try-out practices at Affton will be held March 5 from 8:45 to 10:15 p.m.; March 7 from 9 to 10:30 p.m.; March 12 from 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. and March 20 from 8:30 to -10 p.m.

Mid-States with the cooperation of Missouri Hockey has sent a team for the 31 of the 34 years of this tournament’s existence. Our goal has been to provide a very professional, guided, and affordable experience for our players and afford them all multiple options to further their hockey careers beyond high school. As most of the tournament’s alumni would agree, this tournament and the experience of the trip will most likely be unlike any that your son has been a part of.

Team Missouri is highly regarded for consistently sending a very competitive team and will again look to do so in 2019. Many players from our teams have received correspondence from organizations across the country and some are still playing on teams as a direct result of the Showcase. The teams from the recent past resulted in every player being contacted and offered an opportunity to continue hockey after high school. Several local players have capitalized on those opportunities and are currently playing collegiate and junior hockey all over North America.

This year the coaching staff will be: Reed Low, Jon Rogger and Chris Durso.

Low’s passion and excitement towards this team and the opportunities that it offers our young men is unmatched. As a former Blue, Reed fought, literally and figuratively, for every opportunity he was afforded in his professional career. A text-book late bloomer as a teen-aged player, his past experiences relate perfectly to our players.

St. Louisan Rogger participated in the Showcase as a player in the mid 90’s and was afforded an opportunity to play Division 1 hockey at Ferris State. Since coaching our Showcase team in 2006-2008, he has coached as an assistant and head coach in the NAHL and USHL and currently is with the Philadelphia Revolution JR A Team of the EHL. Jon’s knowledge and contacts on a National level will be an insurmountable asset to our players.

Durso has been on the coaching staff for the Showcase team for the last three years. He is currently the Varsity head coach at De Smet Jesuit and the Director of Player Development for Missouri Hockey.

Team Missouri will schedule some practice games in preparation for the tournament.

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