COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mark Howe (Detroit, Mich.) and John LeClair (St. Albans, Vermont), both members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and former Philadelphia Flyers, will serve as head coaches for the fifth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 22 in Philadelphia, it was announced today by USA Hockey.
The event, which will feature 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, will be staged at Wells Fargo Center, home of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, with opening faceoff set for 7 p.m. ET.
Combined, Howe, a 2003 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, and LeClair, a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2009, represented the United States on seven occasions, including one Canada Cup, two International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships, one World Cup of Hockey, and three Olympic Winter Games.
Howe played in the NHL from 1979-95, suiting up for the Hartford Whalers (1979-82), Philadelphia Flyers (1982-92) and Detroit Red Wings (1992-95). A three-time First Team All Star (1983, 1987, 1988), Howe amassed 197 goals and 545 assists for 742 points in 929 career NHL games. In his 10 seasons with the Flyers, Howe became the team’s all-time leader among defensemen in goals (138), assists (342) and points (480). Prior to the NHL, Howe skated in the World Hockey Association from 1973-79, spending four seasons with the Houston Aeros (1973-77) and two seasons with the New England Whalers (1977-79). The 1973-74 WHA Rookie of the Year, Howe, alongside his father, Gordie, and brother, Marty, helped the Aeros claim back-to-back WHA Avco Cups in 1974 and 1975. Internationally, Howe, at just 16 years-old, helped the United States earn the silver medal at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, to become the youngest hockey player ever to earn an Olympic medal. Howe, who also represented the U.S. at the 1981 Canada Cup, recorded 10 points in 19 career games while wearing a Team USA sweater in international competition.
The first American-born player to record three consecutive 50-goal seasons in the NHL (1995-98), LeClair skated for three teams over 16 NHL seasons, including the Montreal Canadiens (1990-95), Philadelphia Flyers (1994-2004) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2005-07). A member of the 1993 Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens, LeClair registered 406 goals and 413 assists for 819 points in 967 career NHL games. Among American-born players, his 406 goals rank eighth all-time while his 819 points sit at 14th. Internationally, LeClair represented the United States on five different occasions, including two IIHF World Junior Championships (1988, 1989), one World Cup of Hockey (1996), and two Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002). At the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, LeClair finished second in the tournament with 10 points (6-4) in seven games to help the U.S. claim the inaugural event. A silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, LeClair completed his international career with 34 career points (22-12) in 31 games.
NOTES: On Aug. 8, 2016, USA Hockey announced that Normand “Bill” Belisle, Craig Janneyand the 1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey Team will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2016 … Tickets for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game are on sale now at ComcastTIX.com, or by calling 1-800-298-4200, or by visiting the Wells Fargo Center Box office … USA Hockey will unveil the CCM-designed uniforms for the game in September. In addition, the players, chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, will be announced in the coming weeks … Previous host sites for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game include Buffalo, New York (2012, 2014, 2015) and Pittsburgh (2013) … For more information the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, click here.