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Former Sabres Forward Mike Grier to Coach at All-American Prospects Game

September 4th, 2014 at 9:52 PM
By Mike Matisz

Former Buffalo Sabres forward and 15-year NHL veteran will be one of the coaches to lead a team at the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game.

Grier, who spent two stints in Buffalo, will be coaching against 16 year NHL veteran, and lead analyst on NBC/NBC Sports Network Eddie Olczyk.

The game, which will be played on Thursday September 25 in Buffalo, NY, will feature the top talent from North America in a game to showcase their skills for professional scouts with the NHL Entry Draft in mind.

Overall, there will be 42 prospects playing at First Niagara Center.

Grier played from 1996-2011 and played for the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks and twice with the Sabres. Now a youth hockey coach, Grier played in 1,060 games and amassed 162 goals and 383 points.

Grier also represented the USA at the World Juniors in 1995 and won a bronze medal at the 2004 IIHF Men's World Championship.

Olczyk played 16 seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Olczyk, who won a Stanley Cup with the 1994 Rangers, played 1,031 games with 342 goals and 794 points.

In addition to a Stanley Cup, Olczyk represented the USA in nine international events and helped Team USA earn second-place in the 1991 Canada Cup.

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