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High School Showcase

Formerly called the Chicago Showcase and renamed a few years ago to America’s High School Hockey Showcase will be conducted April 19-24, 2017 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 former 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 below for a list of the scouts that attended the 2015 event.

Contact Info

Jim McTaggert

Head Coach

Phone: 206-779-4221

Pam Preisser

General Manager

Phone: 206-499-5904

Tryout Details

Tryout Details

Attention players there will be 2 try out dates this year. One for the East side and one for the West side. You can attend both if the times work for you.

Try out form must be filled out and mailed to me no later than Dec 1, 2016, with a check for $35.00 made payable to HES

Mail to:
Pam Preisser
5704 Franklin Ave Se
Auburn, Wa 98092


Saturday Dec 17th, 
Time: 12:30PM  please be ready 15 minutes prior to taking the ice.
Tri Cities TRAC Rink
6600 Burden Blvd.
Pasco, Wa 99301


Sno King- Renton Location
Wednesday January 11th from 12:45-2:00PM

Tryout cost is $35, please bring a check payable to HES to the try out.

Mail the completed Tryout Registration Form (below)

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 the weekend before we leave for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday morning.

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