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America’s Showcase features local boys, girls teams playing in annual hockey tournament

It’s time to drop the puck on 2019 America’s Showcase for high school hockey.

The annual high school hockey tournament runs through April 15 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. The tournament will feature 30-plus boys and girls teams from 20-plus states and regions across the United States.

On the boys’ side, Missouri Blue opens play at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 11) against Colorado Burgundy.

On the girls’ side, Missouri plays two games Thursday. Missouri meets Wisconsin at 8 a.m. an then will play at 8 p.m. against Minnesota Green.

America’s Showcase was founded in 1985 to provide the nation’s premier high school players an opportunity to be scouted by high-level programs so those players may further their hockey careers in prep school, juniors, college and beyond.

Presently, the five-day showcase consists of boys and girls divisions represented by at least 24 boys teams and 8 girls teams that compete in more 50 competitive hockey games gives the scouts on-hand (and those watching online) plenty of opportunities to recruit from the wealth of talent on the ice.

Missouri Blue, which features athletes from the Midstates Club Hockey Association and the Mississippi Valley Club Hockey Association, is in the A Pool Stars. In its second game, Missouri Blue will play Midwest at 6 p.m. Friday and will close pool play with a 3 p.m. game Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Players for Missouri Blue are: D Joey Boccardi Junior Vianney, F Seamus Campbell Junior Kirkwood, D James Franklin Junior Eureka, D Derek Cagle Junior Duchesne, F Alex Koeller Senior Seckman, F Kamden Sengheiser Senior Vianney, F Ben Chase Senior Marquette, F Scott Douglas Senior Oakville, F Landon Boothe Junior Chaminade, F Vincent Conti Senior Duchesne, F Tyler Culleton Junior Seckman, F Jack Canfield Senior Westminster Christian Academy, F Josh Salmon Junior Marquette, F Vincent Servizzi Senior Chaminade, F Dominic Kraus Junior Priory, F Joseph Solimando Senior Fort zummwalt South, F Sam Watson Senior Fort Zumwalt South, F Colin Stewart Senior Lafayette, G Dylan Bak Senior St. Louis University, G Mac Beatrice Junior Crossroads College Prep School.

Former St. Louis Blue Reed Low is the Missouri Blue head coach. De Smet Jesuit coach Chris Durso and Jon Rogger are the assistant coaches. The general manager is Jeff Hays.

There are six pools in the boys’ tournament with four teams in each pool, which play each other.

In the girls’ competition, there are two divisions of five teams each.

Missouri finishes its pool play by facing North Dakota at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Players for the Missouri team are: D Hailey LaBeau Sophomore Fort Zumwalt South, D Leah Smith Sophomore Wright City, D Erin Drummond Junior Cor Jesu Academy, D Bailey Broadhead Junior Webster Groves, D Mackenzie Midyett Sophomore Affton, D Logan Marie Arand Senior Manchester Ursuline Academy, F, D Margaret Brawley Junior Parkway West, F Kateri Heithaus Senior Rosati-Kain, F Faith Casola Senior Seckman, F Chloe Casey Junior Fox, F Olivia Leverich Junior Fort Zumwalt North, F Lauren Hirsch Sophomore Fort Zumwalt South, D Klaire Sengheiser Junior Cor Jesu Academy, F Kiersten Oderman Senior Fort Zumwalt North, F, D Paige Stelzer Junior Triad, F Isabel Gippo Senior Kirkwood, G Olivia Magneson Junior Urbandale, IA Dowling Catholic, G Kate Moffat Sophomore Lindbergh,

Dave Hoke will coach the Missouri team and have Joe Bova Conti, Cory Hoke and Kristine Humphrey as assistant coaches. Laura Greenbury is the general manger.

The girls showcase games will take place in the Rec-Plex’s north building; the boys’ games will be played in the south building.

A weekly pass for the tournament is $40 for adults, $30 for seniors age 55 and older, and $20 for youth ages 5 to 18 years. A daily pass is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors age 55 and older, and $10 for youth ages 5 to 18 years. There is no charge for children age 5 and younger

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