Minnesota hockey legend and Gophers alum Rob McClanahan will be one of two head coaches for the first-ever CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 29 in Albany, N.Y., according to a release today by USA Hockey. South St. Paul native Phil Housley will also serve as a head coach.
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The event, which will feature 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft, will be staged at the First Niagara Center, home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
Both Housley and McClanahan were key members of legendary U.S. teams -- Housley helped Team USA win the 1996 World Cup of Hockey championship and McClanahan contributed to the gold-medal effort at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Each also played for the Buffalo Sabres.
McClanahan is famously known for his role in helping the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team capture the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. Following its victory over the Soviet Union in the "Miracle on Ice," Team USA beat Finland to garner the gold medal. McClanahan notched the game-winning goal against the Finns and had five goals in seven Olympic contests. The 1980 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Additionally, McClanahan represented the United States at the 1979 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship and the 1982 Canada Cup.
Selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft, McClanahan spent parts of two seasons (1980-81) with the Sabres. He also skated for the Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers during his NHL career, which concluded in 1984.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., and an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, McClanahan is now a businessman in Minneapolis.
A member of the Gophers hockey squad from 1976-79, McClanahan racked up 108 points (45 goals, 63 assists) in 121 career games. The forward helped Minnesota capture the 1979 NCAA title -- the third in school history and third for coach Herb Brooks -- in a 4-3 win over North Dakota before joining Brooks' U.S. Olympic team.