Pair of Pacific Players Named to Prestigious Roster
California's Brannon McManus and Washington's Kailer Yamamoto have been named to the United States' roster for the fifth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect's Game on September 22nd at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"This event provides some of the best U.S. players eligible for next year's NHL Draft the opportunity to showcase their talent on a national stage," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, in a release via USA Hockey. "With input from NHL Central Scouting, this game will feature future stars of the NHL and we're thrilled to be working with the Philadelphia Flyers to host this game as part of their 50th anniversary."
Each year the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game assembles the top U.S. players who are eligible for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Following last year’s game, 25 players that participated in the contest went on to be chosen in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, including a record 10 first-round selections. To date, 102 players who have participated in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game have gone on to be selected in the NHL Draft.
McManus, a native of Newport Beach, has already enjoyed a busy summer with USA Hockey after helping the the U17 national team to a second place finish in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this past August in Europe. Committed to play his collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota, McManus is slated to return to Omaha, Nebraska for the 2016-17 season where he’ll play his second season with the USHL’s Omaha Lancers. The standout forward tallied 17goals and 22 assists for 39 points in 58 games during his first season competing in the United States’ top junior hockey league.
Yamamoto, a native of Spokane, has also enjoyed a busy year wearing the red, white and blue after helping the U18 national team win bronze at the IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In August, Yamamoto’s work with the national program continued after he was invited to attend USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. A former member of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, Yamamoto has excelled over the past two seasons playing for his hometown Spokane Chiefs, amassing an eye-popping 128 points in 115 career WHL games thus far. Yamamoto plans to return to the Chiefs in 2016-17 for his third season with the franchise.