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USHL Returns to San Jose for Western Shootout

Sharks, Sharks Ice and USHL Team Up Again to Host Elite Youth Tournament

Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 2:44 PM / News
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USHL Returns to San Jose for Western Shootout

SAN JOSE, California - For the second consecutive season, the USHL Western Shootout, in partnership with the San Jose Sharks (@sanjosesharks), returns to the city of San Jose. The 2013 USHL Western Shootout runs Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2 at the largest hockey facility in the western United States - Sharks Ice at San Jose (@Sharks_Ice).

The USHL Western Shootout is the first USHL youth event to take place west of Chicago, providing Member Clubs, USHL Central Scouting, and NCAA Division I scouts an opportunity to evaluate players on elite teams from three levels of AAA hockey - Midget Major, Midget Minor, and Bantam Major.

The tournament consists of 30 teams, a majority of which are from outside the Bay Area, creating a boon for downtown San Jose hotels, restaurants and businesses. Sharks Ice at San Jose is the second-largest annual booker of hotel rooms in downtown San Jose, behind only to the San Jose Convention Center.

"Since the day they introduced NHL hockey to the Bay Area, the San Jose Sharks have made as great a commitment to youth hockey as any team in the National Hockey League," said USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince. "The loyalty and commitment of their extraordinary fan base, and the growth of hockey at all levels in the region, is a testament to that effort. As America's exclusive Tier 1 junior league and the top education-based development league in the world, the USHL's commitment to the Sharks is to return the favor, so that emerging young players throughout the region get to see the pathway we present - to the USHL and junior hockey, NCAA Division I competition, and if they've got the skills and drive, the National Hockey League."

The USHL, the Sharks and the San Jose Jr. Sharks - a youth hockey club offering competitive teams for players at various levels including Tier I AAA - have partnered to provide an exciting tournament format designed to help the USHL and its Member Clubs identify the League's and America's future stars. Each team will be guaranteed four games, and each game will be played with two 25-minute stop-time halves. All players will receive a participation gift, and trophies will be awarded to the Major Midget, Minor Midget, and Bantam Major Division champions.

"We are thrilled to have the USHL back for this event," said Jon Gustafson, Vice President of Sharks Ice. "The USHL is the premier junior hockey league in the country, and we are honored to be their partner. We are very pleased by the quality of teams and the talent we have assembled for the Western Shootout, and it is very important that we have the opportunity to showcase these great kids to the best."

League and Member Club management will also be looking to identify top players to participate in its 2014 USHL Combines. Players will take part in information sessions regarding the USHL and the unique, education-based path it offers the world's top players to the NHL and NCAA Division I hockey. The best teams and players from the western United States are set to participate.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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