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Formerly called the Chicago Showcase and renamed a few years ago to America’s High School Hockey Showcase will be conducted April 9-14, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It will be hosted by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL). Twenty-four boys' teams from across the United States representing forty-three States will compete and showcase their talents to scouts from every major hockey institution in the country.

The purpose of this prestigious event remains the same. It is designed to allow high school juniors and seniors from around the country who do not traditionally get scouted due to geographic and budgetary constraints the opportunity to compete against the best of the best during a five day period and be seen by every major hockey institution in North America. PNAHA is proud to support Team Washington’s participation in this event.

According to Jim Smith, past Chicago Showcase Director, “By allowing more areas to host this prestigious event, it promises to be second to none. I am quite confident the volunteers and organizing committee in Pittsburgh will not only maintain the high standards of this event, but will bring it to even greater heights. I am sure they will want to keep this event in Pittsburgh for many years to come.”

This event is coached by former NHL player and current Seattle Thunderbirds WHL assistant coach Jim McTaggart. Jim has been coaching the Showcase team for many years and has a passion to help young players receive an opportunity to be scouted at a main event. Jim is well know both in the community and on the East Coast in which the team travels. He is also a scout for the WHL giving players a chance to showcase their talents locally.

Click here for a list of the scouts that viewed the 2012 event.


Jim McTaggert  -   Head Coach
(206) 779-4221 

Pam Preisser    -  General Manager
(206) 499-5904
1506 S. 268th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198.


Tryout Details

Thursday February 6th 4:00 - 5:20 in Tacoma at the Puget Sound Hockey Center
Tryout cost is $35.  Email   to receive a tryout registration form.

Tournament Costs

All practices, airfare, hotel, transportation, team socks and jersey will be included.  The total cost is $1,250.
The only additional expense is food.

This is a non-sponsored event. Your expenses must be paid in advance and is a condition of your participation on this team.  


Please discuss these dates with your coach to ensure that he is aware of your absenteeism from your team's weekend events. This program has been very successful in moving the top players from Washington, Oregon and Alaska onto Junior programs as well as to Collegiate Programs.

Players who are selected to the team will be notified shortly after tryouts.
The final team will meet in Seattle on the weekend prior to the tournament.
The team will practice 5 times over the weekend and Monday and leave for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning.

Typically the team will have an exhibition game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the night of arrival.

Try-out space is limited. Please do not hesitate to confirm your spot please email Pam Preisser @