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High School Showcase


Team Washington 2024

The evaluation is being held in conjunction with the PNAHA Development Camp. You do NOT need to be participating in the Development Camp to be evaluated.

Formerly called the Chicago Showcase and renamed to USA Hockey America’s High School Showcase will be conducted April 17-22, 2024, in St. Louis, Missouri. It will be hosted by the Mid States Hockey Club.

Please fill out attached Registration form and return via email to Rob Kaufman, no later than January 15th.

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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 18 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.

Jim received the prestigious Leadership Award last year which has never been given to a coach in the 33 history of the tournament. His ability to lead by example, respect staff, players, scouts, fans, and opposing coaches made him the clear choice. The vote was unanimous and Jim was presented the award at the final game of 2017 Showcase in Pittsburgh.

Contact Info

Jim McTaggert

Head Coach

Phone: 206-779-4221

Pam Preisser

General Manager

Phone: 206-499-5904

Tryout Details


Tournament Costs

All practices, airfare, hotel, transportation, team socks and jersey will be included.  The total cost is $1200.00.
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 3 days prior to leaving for the tournament.
The team will have 5 practice sessions before we leave for ST Louis MO. on Wednesday morning. See practice schedule below.