Michigan’s best and brightest young hockey players are sharpening their skates and perfecting their slap shots for their chance to take their game to the next level.
The 12th Annual Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Prep Hockey Showcase is back at the and high school hockey players from 39 different schools are preparing for a chance to show off their skills.
The three-day event pits some of Michigan and Canada's greatest prep hockey teams against one another in exhibition-style play.
The excitement starts Thursday, Feb. 9, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 11.
The league, as well as the showcase, allows for the highest competition amongst young players according to League President Andy Weidenbach.
The showcase has grown from 12 teams at its birth to 39 high-ranked prep hockey teams including Downriver teams from , , Woodhaven High School and Grosse Ile High School.
Scouts from Junior A, a number of colleges and the National Hockey League sit among the roaring fans to try to select who might be the next great hockey star.
More and more Michigan high school players are showing up on the rosters of USHL teams and Division I colleges according to a showcase release.
, there were 75 scouts in attendance from organizations like the United States Hockey League, North American Hockey League, Division I, Division III and the NHL.
Tickets for the event are $6 per day for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Weekend passes are also available for $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.
Parking is available at the Kennedy Recreation Center for $3. Free parking is available with free shuttle service from the West Road and Charlton parking lots at Trenton High School, and .
News and information about the showcase including a complete weekend schedule and a list of participating teams can be found at the MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase website.
And if you would like to win four tickets to the hockey showcase, enter the Patch Contest.