DETROIT – LEGACY Global Hockey, a division within LEGACY Global Sports and a leading provider of elite youth hockey sporting events, would like to announce a new partnership with Minnesota Showcase Hockey.
LEGACY is proud to partner with Minnesota Showcase Hockey to include as the Great Plains Regional Selects Hockey Development (SHD) representative covering the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin for 2020.
Showcase Hockey will field SHD teams from their five-state area to compete in future LGS events. In addition to fielding teams, Showcase Hockey will assist Selects Hockey in identifying the top elite talent within the territory. Selects Hockey has more than 400 alumni currently drafted into the NHL, and that number will continue to grow as more players participate from the Great Plains region.
“We at LEGACY Global Hockey are extremely excited to announce our partnership with Showcase Hockey,” said Travis Howe, Director of LEGACY Global Hockey. “Since our inception in 2003, we have been providing world-class, elite hockey experiences for countless athletes across the globe. Showcase Hockey shares the same values in wanting to provide world-class experiences and we believe this relationship will only further enhance the opportunities to which we provide our players and families. Our mission is to impact lives and develop leaders; we look forward to impacting future lives with our new partner.”
“All of us at Showcase Hockey are honored to be able to represent our area in some of the most prestigious youth hockey tournaments in the world,” said Tim Hawkinson, Showcase Hockey Director. “Our region has some great talent and we cannot wait to put our players to the test against the best.”
About Minnesota Showcase Hockey
For more than 30 years, we have been proud to offer some of the best off-season hockey programs in Minnesota and surrounding states. We strive to provide players and families with the best Leagues, Tournaments, AAA Teams and Team Tours to Europe. We have been lucky to see over 500,000 of our participants play the greatest sport in the world! www.showcasehockey.com, www.unitedaaahockey.com and www.euroteamtours.com.
About LEGACY Global Sports
LEGACY Global Sports (LGS) serves more than 1,000,000 youth athletes and family members each year at more than 500 elite youth sports events, tournaments and tours across North America and Europe. LEGACY is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. www.LEGACYGlobalSports.com
LEGACY Global Hockey, a division within LGS, operates several youth hockey events, tournaments, teams and tours across North America and Europe. LGS Hockey is headquartered in Troy, MI. www.lgshockey.com (team site) / www.SelectsHockey.com (player site)
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More than 40 teams traveled to New England over the weekend to enjoy some holiday hockey with fireworks both on and off the ice at Lobsterfest. This annual event regularly marks the end of the summer season for LGS Hockey, as many players across North America shift their focus towards the end of summer and the quickly approaching ‘19-20 winter season. With seven different divisions, we take a look at all of our weekend champions and how they got the gold at Lobsterfest.
In the ‘05 Division, Champions Hockey went a perfect 6-0-0 in the tournament by posting back-to-back shutouts on Sunday to take the title. The “Champions” scored five-or-more goals in five of the six games over the weekend.
The Montreal Royals survived the Ice Kings Rebels 1-0 in the ‘06 Division finale; the Royals’ closest contest of the weekend in which they went undefeated 6-0-0 in the tournament.
The ‘07 Division went to Atlantic Hockey, thanks to a stingy defensive effort. In their final four games of the tournament, Atlantic allowed just one goal against — a first-period strike in the championship in which they won 3-1 over CDM.
A 4-1 decision in the ‘08 finale was the closest game of the weekend for champion NJ Invasion. Outscoring opponents 37-to-9 led the Invasion to a dominant 6-0-0 record over the seven-team ‘08 Division.
The Griffons won four of their six games in the ‘09 Division by just one goal, including three in a row to win the championship. A 3-2 win in the semifinals of SHD Mid-Atlantic and a 2-1 decision over Blue Chip Futures in the final capped off a thrilling weekend for the Griffons.
No team in the tournament scored more goals than SHD Mid-Atlantic – Davino in the ‘10 Division. With 44 goals scored in six games, SHD cruised to a 6-0 win in the championship and was never held to less than four goals scored during the weekend.
In the ‘11 Division, it was SHD Mid-Atlantic – Kelly claiming the championship in a different fashion. Through five tournament games, SHD allowed just three goals against — two of which came in the final — finishing the weekend with a 9-2 victory over the Nordiques Hockey Club.
The end of the weekend marks the conclusion of the summer tournament season for LGS Hockey, as we — along with players, parents, families and coaches — shift our attention to the upcoming winter season. In a four-month span, we hosted more than 650 teams at 10 different tournaments in eight different locations in North America. Looking for the next stop in your legacy? Check out a complete list of our upcoming tournaments and get involved HERE.
The North American Prospects Showcase (NAPS) has been one of LGS Hockey’s longest-standing and most high-profile events of the summer calendar. A series that has featured the likes of future NHL superstars like Connor McDavid, Aaron Ekblad and Max Domi, NAPS regularly serves as breeding ground for the game’s next group of talented players. The East Coast event at NAPS-Beantown crowned six new champions after a challenging and exciting weekend of hockey.
Coaches’ Choice won the 18U Division championship with a 3-2-0 record. After losing their first two games of the weekend, CC won its final three games including an 8-4 win over top-seeded East Coast Canadiens in the finale.
In the 16U Division, the New Hampshire Knights allowed just four goals against to earn a spot in the championship game. There, they defeated Team Maryland to finish the tournament with a 5-1-0 record and four shutouts.
The 15U Division was decided with a 2-0 shutout by NorthStar Elite, capping off a perfect 7-0-0 weekend record. Four of NorthStar’s seven games were decided by two goals or less in a tight 16-team division.
Scoring a tournament-high 41 goals, the Junior Bruins won the ‘05 Division with a 4-2 win over Boston Hockey Club. The Bruins scored four-or-more goals in six games, propelling them to a 7-0-0 record.
The Junior Bruins also took the ‘06 Division championship, allowing just five goals against in seven tournament games. During the three-game playoff, the Bruins outscored opponents 7-to-1 with the lone goal coming in a 3-1 win over the Junior Blues in the championship game.
In the ‘07 Division, the Boston Jr. Blues edge out Team North America 3-2 to win the championship. The win finished the tournament with a 4-1-0 record as the Junior Blues defeated every team in their division.
Beantown marks the conclusion of LGS Hockey’s three-event NAPS series, featuring 223 teams at three different locations across North America. For more from NAPS or how you can get involved with this summer series, click HERE.
The North American Prospects Showcase (NAPS) in Rochester is LGS Hockey’s most high-profile girls’ events of the summer calendar. A tournament that regularly features the top amateur female athletes as well as scouts from some of the top NCAA programs, NAPS crowned new champions across its four divisions over the weekend.
The West Coast Selects won the ‘05 Division in a shootout win over East Coast Selects. A hard-earned 6-0-0 record over the weekend, with five of the six games being decided by two goals or less, WCS survived the hotly contested 12-team division.
Midwest Selects’ third shutout of the weekend crowned them champions of the ‘06 Division. A 3-0 win over DraftDay in the finale capped off a perfect 6-0-0 run through the tournament’s largest division.
DraftDay thrived on low-scoring games to take the ‘07 Division championship. Outscoring opponents 14-to-8 through six tournament games, DraftDay allowed just one goal against in the three elimination games, including a 2-o shutout over Jr. Selects-Blue in the final.
Montreal Pride and Team Minnesota entered the ‘08 Division championship as the two highest-scoring teams of the weekend with 31 and 32 goals respectively. A five-goal effort by the Pride was enough to outscore Minnesota 5-4 though, winning the title in an offensive duel.
The premier girls’ hockey tournament of the summer, Rochester serves as the Mecca of women’s youth hockey in North America with great events like NAPS this past weekend and Fire On Ice in November. For more from NAPS or how you can get involved with this summer series, click HERE.
The North American Prospects Showcase (NAPS) in Buffalo has been one of LGS Hockey’s longest-standing and most high-profile events of the summer calendar. A tournament that has featured the likes of future NHL superstars like Connor McDavid, Aaron Ekblad and Max Domi, NAPS regularly serves as breeding ground for the game’s next group of talented players. With 12 more champions to add to the history books, could one of these tournament teams feature the NHL’s next superstar?
In the 16U Division, Roc City Elite – Red went a perfect 6-0-0 on the weekend to win the 12-team championship. Roc City edged out the Syracuse Nationals 3-2 in the semifinal on Sunday morning before going on to defeat Eastern Elite in the championship.
The Toronto Knights took the ‘04 Division with a 5-1-0 record. After dropping their opening game of the tournament on Friday 7-6, the Knights rattled off five straight wins by outscoring opponents 26-to-7, including their 3-2 win over Evolve Hockey in the finale.
The ‘05 Elite Division went to Maroon HG after they went 6-0-0 during the tournament. Maroon scored five-or-more goals in every game over the weekend, including an eight-goal effort in the championship over East Coast Selects.
The only defeat the Wolf Pack suffered in the ‘05 AAA Division was a hotly contested shootout loss to the Buffalo Boys on Saturday morning. The eventual division champion would avenge that lone loss in the championship when the Wolf Pack knocked off Buffalo 4-3 to take the championship on Sunday.
Ottawa Myers Snipers survived one of the most competitive divisions of the tournament, going 6-0-0 to win the ‘06 Elite Division. Three of those victories were decided by just one goal, including the championship, a 4-3 decision over Maroon HG.
The ‘06 AAA Division started and ended with an SHD Midwest-vs-Buffalo Regals matchup. While the Regals took the first decision 4-2, it would be SHD winning five consecutive games including a 2-1 finale on Sunday over Buffalo to take the title.
It was a Selects showdown in the ‘07 Elite Division, with East Coast Selects defeating Midwest Selects 4-2 in the championship. With a 6-0-0 record, ECS proved to be the top team in the division from start to end, allowing just nine goals against in the tournament.
In the ‘07 AAA Division, Winona Ryders rolled through pool play, earning the top seed overall in the playoffs. From there, Winona went 6-0-0 finishing off the weekend with a 3-2 win in the championship game.
Midwest Selects earned the ‘08 Elite Division in yet another tight group of teams. After falling to East Coast Selects 5-1 in the final game of round-robin action, MWS returned in the championship game on Sunday to avenge the loss with a 4-2 victory over ECS.
After losing not one, but two games on the first day of the tournament, NorthStar Elite bounced back in a big way over the weekend. With four straight wins including an upset of the No. 1-seed in the four-team playoff, NorthStar won the ‘08 AAA Division with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.
An offensive effort led Mode Hockey to the ‘09 Division championship, scoring five-or-more goals in each game over the weekend. Their six goals in the championship were too much for Octane Elite – Primeau, as Mode finished the weekend 6-0-0 with 44 goals scored.
Speaking of offense, Future Prospects scored more goals than any other team in the tournament, racking up 48 goals in the ‘10 Division. An eight-goal effort in the finale capped off a perfect 6-0-0 weekend.
Octane Lewis survived pool-play by outscoring its opponents 11-to-9 in the final three games to earn the No. 1-seed. From there, Octane rolled its way through the finale to win the ‘11 Division championship over SHD Midwest.
The NAPS series continues this weekend with the girls’ event in Rochester and the Beantown tournament on the east coast. For more from NAPS or how you can get involved with this summer series, click HERE.
For an eighth consecutive year, the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final will feature at least one former player from our Selects program. The 2019 St. Louis Blues actually featured three Selects alumni on their roster for Game 1 on Monday, including forwards Ryan O’Reilly (‘91 East Coast Selects) and Robert Thomas(‘99 East Coast Selects-O) in addition to backup goaltender Jake Allen (‘90 East Coast Selects).
Champions were crowned on Wednesday in the seventh annual World Selects Invitational (WSI), with DraftDay Black claiming the U-15 World Championship and Blue Army winning the first ever U-16 title in Philadelphia. With 48 teams from 10 different countries across two divisions, the 2019 WSI-Philadelphia drew more than 600 of the best ‘04-birth year players in the world as well as eight ‘03 teams.
The 2019 WSI-Philadelphia featured another amazing pool of talented players with 27 Division-I college commitments and 49 WHL Bantam Draft selections active in this year’s tournament. DraftDay Black’s road to a championship began with a 4-1-0 record in pool play, earning the No. 6-seed in the playoffs.
In the 16-team bracket, DD-Black would outscore opponents 16-to-8, avenging its only loss to Western Canada Selects with a 3-0 shutout win in the tournament quarterfinals and earning a spot in the Final Four.
A second-half goal by tournament MVP Rutger McGroarty would propel DraftDay past CSKA and into the championship game against East Coast Selects. There, DD-Black was carried by what had made them successful all tournament long — a high-powered offense. Three goals in a six-minute span during the second half would separate themselves from ECS and earn the U-15 world championship.
McGroarty led the team — and the tournament — in scoring, as the Notre Dame commit posted 10 goals and nine assists during the five-day event, matching a WSI-Philly record for scoring with 19 points. Teammate Lane Hutson was honored as the tournament’s best defenseman while Charles-Edward Gravel of East Coast Selects was named the top goaltender and Minnesota Blades’ Maddox Fleming earned top forward honors.
The All-Tournament Team was announced on Thursday, naming Gravel and Roman Rybakov of Vityaz as goalies. Marek Alscher (Czech Selects), Seamus Casey (East Coast Selects) and Aiden Dubinsky (East Coast Selects) as well as Trey Ausmus (Minnesota Blades) and Tucker Schedd (Hockey Essentials) were named among the six defensemen along with Hutson. The nine forwards consisted of McGroarty, Fleming, Kirill Dolzhenkov (CSKA), Roman Makarov (CSKA), Gavin Brindley (East Coast Selects), Isaac Howard (Minnesota Blades), Frank Nazar (Oshawa Jr. Generals), Connor Bedard (Pacific Selects) and Bowden Singleton (Western Canada Selects).
In the U-16 Division, Blue Army went 7-1-0 overall, earning the top seed in the four-team playoff and allowing just two goals in their final four tournament games. Tournament MVP Jack Stark went undefeated during the weekend, going 5-0-0 in five starts with a goals-against average of 1.00 and save percentage of .956 for Blue Army. Teammate Max Burkholder earned best defenseman honors while Cameron MacDonald (My Edge Hockey) was named top forward and Cole Wheaton (My Edge Hockey) was named top goaltender of the division.
The World Selects Invitational has proved to feature some of the best talent at the U-15 age group for the past seven years. Breeding ground for the next crop of upcoming stars in the sport, the WSI-Philadelphia has seen the likes of 88 NHL Draft picks, 400 college commitments and more than 1,000 CHL Draft picks while hosting some of the best players from 15 different countries around the world. As hockey’s version of the Little League World Series, this international event is where you can see tomorrow’s stars today, click HERE to learn more.
BOSTON – LEGACY Global Sports, a leading provider of elite youth sporting events and clubs announced a media partnership with Elite Prospects, the foremost statistical resource for hockey, serving more than one million unique visitors per week.
The partnership will include co-branding and media coverage of LEGACY’s elite hockey tournaments and showcases both in North America and throughout Europe. The foundation of the partnership is LEGACY and Elite Prospects’ shared vision of growing the game of hockey, providing new opportunities for the girls’ game, a commitment to player development, exposure for players to create their own personal pathway to success and providing exclusive offers to our players and families.
“We at LEGACY Global Hockey are excited to announce our partnership with Elite Prospects,” said Travis Howe, Director of LEGACY Global Hockey. “Since our inception in 2003, we have been providing world-class, elite hockey experiences for countless athletes across the globe. Elite Prospects shares the same passion we have for the sport of ice hockey and we believe this relationship will only further enhance the experiences we provide our players and families. Our mission is to impact lives and develop leaders. We look forward to impacting even more lives with our new partner.”
“A primary objective at Elite Prospects is to provide our visitors with the most insightful and comprehensive coverage of hockey around the world,” said Peter Sibner, Elite Prospects’ CEO. “Our partnership with LEGACY Global Hockey ensures that we have direct access to the elite players so that we can provide the market with coverage of the future stars of the game. In addition, the partnership positions us alongside LEGACY to actively grow the sport by promoting renowned, high-quality events to our global audience.”
About Elite Prospects
Elite Prospects is a global leader in hockey statistics and data, providing our visitors with access to the most comprehensive platform for player, team and league information from amateur as well as pro hockey. Elite Prospects was founded in Sweden in 1999 and has more than 692,000 active and retired hockey players in our database. The Elite Prospects brand is a part of Everysport Media Group, based in Stockholm, Sweden and Tampa, Florida.
About LEGACY Global Sports
LEGACY Global Sports serves over 1,000,000 youth athletes and family members each year at over 500 elite youth sports events, tournaments and tours across North America and Europe. LEGACY is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
LEGACY Global Sports puts the Event Spotlight on our largest hockey tournament of the calendar year, the Motown Classic. We sat down with Sasha Ristic, Growth Director at LGS Hockey, who helped establish the tournament that has become a mainstay in the amateur hockey schedule every October. Take a deep dive into the history of this event in a great Q-and-A session with Sasha below.
LGS Media: When was the Motown Classic first established and how has the event evolved over the years?
Sasha Ristic: “The tournament started in 2005 with just the 1997 age group. That was my son’s age group back when I managed his team. We had 32 teams the first year in the event and then we added the 1996’s and 97s the following year for a total of 46 teams. We added the 98’s in 2007 but removed the 96s. Every year after that we added the next youngest age group. So basically, it started with 32 teams and now it is all the way up to 350 teams.”
LGS: How would you describe the level of competition at this event?
SR: “The competition level is some of the best in North America for AAA. Because of the location, we are able to attract Midwest teams, Ontario teams and others. Teams that want to play against these teams come to the Motown Classic to see how they stack up. Every year we get some teams that come from very far away, even some European teams.”
LGS: What type of teams thrive at the Motown Classic?
SR: “Teams that can play in high pressure situations typically will do well. The tournament format allows for three round-robin games, so there is not a lot of room for error. We try to keep some wildcard spots open for the quarterfinals because the competition is so high.”
LGS: What separates the Motown Classic from other hockey events?
SR: “This event separates the competition level so that it’s very competitive. We will have as many as three division levels at some age groups. We do this with the intention of avoiding any blowouts. They occasionally happen anyways, but we do our best to ensure that everyone plays a competitive schedule. The other really important thing we try to do is to keep the teams away from the teams they would play in their normal schedule. For example, we will try to have pools that consist of a Michigan team, an Illinois team, an Ontario team, and then a team from anywhere else. When teams travel, they are interested in playing competition that they won’t see during the year, and because of our draw, we are able to make that happen. Sometimes, it’s unavoidable where people will have to play someone from their league or close to each other geographically, but we do our best to avoid that situation.”
LGS: What off-ice activities have players, coaches and parents enjoyed while attending this event?
SR: “The revival of the Detroit downtown area has been great for the city. People are interested in going to the new Little Caesars Arena to watch the Red Wings play. When they are in town during the event, we get a lot of requests for group tickets. Also, we are so close to Ann Arbor and East Lansing that people can go see some of the best college programs in the nation. Another great option is to go see the U.S. National Development Team play. The U-17’s and U-18’s play in the USHL and you can catch tomorrow’s future stars play while you’re in town. Finally, when it comes to hockey we are also very close to 4 OHL teams: Flint, Saginaw, Sarnia, and Windsor. So if you are interested in catching an OHL game you can do that as well.
“Outside of hockey, people have loved visiting the Henry Ford Museum. There’s also a Ford Motor Company tour where people can see how cars are manufactured. For those outside the Motor City that’s a very cool thing to see. The Detroit Zoo is also a popular attraction, as well as some great shopping outlets (high-end mall, outdoor malls, outlet malls, etc). Like all major cities, Detroit has all the restaurants you can imagine and some you can’t find anywhere else. We have three casinos in downtown Detroit for those who like to gamble. There’s something to accommodate everyone during Motown Classic downtime.”
LGS: What’s new at the 2019 Motown Classic?
SR: “We are planning a larger Thursday night welcome party for those who want to participate. We will announce some top exhibition games for that evening amongst other activities. We will also be moving a division into Ann Arbor, one of the best college towns in North America. With the University of Michigan football team away that weekend we can fit into the area with no concerns. Ann Arbor has a great facility and the people that are playing in that town will really enjoy it.”
LGS: Who are some of the alumni of the Motown Classic?
SR: “The alumni list keeps growing every year. We have so many players in the AHL, OHL, & the NCAA. Some of the more prominent names are Jake Chychrun (at the first event in 2005), Alex Debrincat, Christian Fischer, Max Jones, Clayton Keller, Luke Kunin, Charlie McAvoy, Victor Mete, Jack Roslovic, Dylan Strome, Troy Terry, Brady and Matthew Tkachuk, Andre Svechnikov, Zach Werenski and Cayla Barnes (USA Women’s Olympic team).”
For more information, or to register for the Motown Classic click HERE. Register by April 5th for a discounted rate!
The first annual Presidents’ Weekend Outdoor Classic in Buffalo, New York, took the game back to its roots, hosting teams in outdoor games at the open-air Healthy Zone Rink. With each team guaranteed at least one outdoor game during the weekend tournament, the first ever event proved to be a unique experience with immense potential. LGS Hockey crowned three chilly champions who battled opponents and the winter elements to win their divisions.
The ‘05 Division championship saw the West Seneca Wings shut out the Buffalo Saints; their third shutout of the weekend en route to a 6-0-0 sweep through the division. The Wings outscored their opponents 24-to-3, proving to be a tough team to score against and the only undefeated team of the weekend.
The Rochester Monarchs defeated Cheektowaga Warriors 4-2 in the ‘06 Division championship. The fourth seed in the four-team playoff, Rochester upset the top-seeded Amherst Knights in the semis before taking down the No. 2-seed Warriors in the title game, capping off a 4-2-0 weekend record.
In the ‘08 Division championship, the Amherst Knights defeated Indy Jr. Fuel 8-3, to finish the weekend with a 5-1-0 record. The Knights scored four-or-more goals in four of their five victories, taking home the title thanks to their high-powered offense.
A fantastic inaugural event, the Outdoor Classic is a tournament experience unlike any other we offer at LGS Hockey. Taking the game — and the championships — outside and adding the winter experience to a competitive event makes for a great extended weekend in Western New York.
Ever wonder what it takes to stand out in front of scouts at tournaments like this? Well, we’ve got five tips that can help take your game to the next level and draw the attention of evaluators HERE.