The United States Hockey League announced that the 2013 USHL Western shootout will return to San Jose for the second year running. The Shootout begins Friday, Aug. 30 and runs through Monday, Sept 2 at Sharks Ice. Last year, San Jose saw a boom in the local economy, with local hotels and restaurants seeing an increase in business.
According to USHL.com, the 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, most of which are not from the San Francisco Bay Area. Each team will play at least four games with two 25-minute stop-time halves.
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.
In addition to the actual hockey tournament, the USHL and its Member Clubs will also look to find top players to participate in the 2014 USHL Combines. Players will also have the opportunity to attend sessions to learn more about the USHL's education-based path to NCAA and professional hockey.
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