Two players from the 2018-19 Fargo Freeze Boys High School team recently returned from the USA Hockey America’s Showcase Tournament (https://www.americasshowcasestlouis.com/) held in St. Louis, MO April 11-15, 2019. Cameron Lizakowski and Briar Sylvester, were selected to represent Team North Dakota. Team North Dakota is comprised of the top High School players from the State who play within the North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association.
The America’s Showcase Tournament was founded in 1985 to provide the nation’s premier high school players an opportunity to be scouted by high-level programs so those players may further their hockey careers in prep school, juniors, college, and beyond. The tournament is scouted by more than 70 Junior A, NCAA and ACHA programs from across the country.
Team North Dakota had an impressive showing in the 20-team boys division, defeating Colorado, Missouri and Utah in pool play to advance to the 8-team playoff round. In the quarter finals Team North Dakota faced its first loss of the weekend vs. eventual tournament winner, Pittsburg. An impressive showing for North Dakota to reach the top 8 out of 20 representative teams from across the country.
Both Fargo players had outstanding tournaments representing North Dakota. Briar Sylvester, a Senior defenceman, finished the tournament with 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points in 4 games, and tied for second in team scoring. Cameron Lizakowski, a Senior forward, finished with 3 goals and 1 assist for 4 points in 3 games and tied for third in team scoring. Fargo was well represented by these two young men!
Fargo Freeze High School Boys Level Director, Colin Clarke, described the opportunity that the America’s Showcase USA Hockey tournament represents: “For our kids who do not play NDHSAA High School Hockey in North Dakota, being selected to the Showcase team is an outstanding opportunity that many are unaware of. Our Fargo kids get a chance to play in front of scouts from across the country. Cameron and Briar had many scouts talk with them after their play in St. Louis. It’s exciting to see them have the opportunity to advance their hockey careers after playing for our Fargo Freeze program.”
Congratulations to Cameron Lizakowski and Briar Sylvester for being selected to play in the USA Hockey America’s Showcase Tournament!