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Sunday, August 26, 2018
1pm Doors | 2pm Game
GAME IS SOLD OUT
USA Hockey Arena • Plymouth, Michigan
Game to be streamed live on HockeyTV and made available for free on this page.
Help celebrate the memory of USA Hockey's Jim Johannson with a star-studded showdown featuring American-born hockey stars. The current list of participating players and coaches is below.
Starting Saturday (Aug. 25) at 12 p.m. ET, fans will have the opportunity to bid on over 30 items donated by players skating in the Stars & Stripes Showdown. Signature items in the auction include two tickets and travel on Red Wing III, the Detroit Red Wings’ team plane, for a pre-season contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins; four tickets to watch the Red Wings take on the Chicago Blackhawks in The Windy City along with a meet-and-greet with coaches Jeff Blashill and Joel Quenneville; four tickets to the 2019 NHL Winter Classic; and four tickets to any Detroit Red Wings regular-season game in 2018-19. The auction will close on Tuesday, September 4, at 10 a.m. ET. For a complete list of available items and to make a bid, click here. In addition, game-worn jerseys from the Stars & Stripes Showdown will be made available for auction in mid-September at meigray.com. The exact auction dates have not yet been set.
All four coaches in the Stars & Stripes Showdown, Jeff Blashill of the Detroit Red Wings, Tony Granato of the Wisconsin Badgers, John Hynes of the New Jersey Devils and David Quinn of the New York Rangers, will be available to sign autographs for fans between 1:00-1:30 p.m. ET in the concourse between the rinks at USA Hockey Arena. This is a free opportunity with donations being accepted for the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund and the Ellie Johannson College Fund.
As part of the fundraising efforts surrounding the game, fans with tickets to the game will have the opportunity to purchase autograph tickets for four players.
Patrick Kane (SOLD OUT), Dylan Larkin (SOLD OUT), Jimmy Howard, and Auston Matthews (SOLD OUT) will participate with 100 tickets for each athlete available at $30 per ticket.
Players will sign the autographs following the game and fans purchasing autograph tickets will receive an email with specific instructions as to how to obtain their autograph.
All proceeds will benefit the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund and the Ellie Johannson College Fund.
PLEASE NOTE: Those purchasing autograph tickets MUST have a ticket for the game … All autograph ticket purchases are being handled online with a limit of four per person ... Limit one player per person. There will not be time for one person to get in line for more than one player ... If autograph tickets remain the day of the game they will also be available at the USA Hockey Arena Box Office.
Participating players subject to change
Members of the late Jim Johannson’s family will take part in a ceremonial opening faceoff ahead of the Stars & Stripes Showdown. Joining captains Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews at center ice will be Jim’s wife Abby, daughter Ellie, father Ken, brother John and sister Judy.
A free live stream of the Stars & Stripes Showdown through HockeyTV will be available at USAHockeyArena.com/starsandstripes. Pete Krupsky will call the play-by-play action at USA Hockey Arena and will be joined throughout the game by varying guests including Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey; U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Lou Nanne; Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey; Don Waddell, president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes; U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender and USA Hockey assistant executive director John Vanbiesbrouck; and John Johannson, brother of the late Jim Johannson.
Note: The Jim Johannson Legacy Fund was establlshed to benefit grassroots community hockey programs across the country, something Jim was passionate about throughout his life ... The Ellie Johannson College Fund will assist in providing a college education for its namesake, the two-year-old daughter of Jim and his wife Abby.
Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey passed away unexpectedly in his sleep early the morning of Jan. 21 at his home in Colorado Springs at the age of 53.
Johannson, born March 10, 1964, in Rochester, Minnesota, had a life-long career in hockey and was one of the most accomplished and respected people in the sport.
Johannson came to USA Hockey in 2000 after spending five years (1995-2000) as the general manager of the Twin Cities Vulcans, a Junior A team in the United States Hockey League. Under his guidance, the Vulcans captured the 2000 USA Hockey Junior A National Championship in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Johannson began his career at USA Hockey as manager of international activities and U.S. Olympic Committee relations, was promoted to senior director of hockey operations on August 5, 2003, and on June 25, 2007, assumed the position of assistant executive director of hockey operations, where he had oversight of all in-sport related initiatives, including USA Hockey’s efforts in putting teams on the field of play for international competition.
Among the numerous accomplishments during his tenure, the most significant include U.S. teams capturing 64 medals in major international competition, including 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze; the launching and implementation of the highly acclaimed American Development Model; and securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, as a home for all U.S. teams to utilize.
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