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Montana East-West Shrine Game (Billings, MT) – The rosters for the 68TH Annual Montana East-West Shrine Game have been announced.  The game will be played July 19, 2014 in Laurel, MT. The Montana Shrine Game is the premier all-star game in Montana and has a long history of distinguished players and coaches.  It is one of the oldest high school all-star football games in the United States. Every year since 1947, Montana high schools’ finest players are selected to compete in a game to raise money and to help make the public aware of the expert orthopedic and burn care available at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington. In recent years, the Montana game has become one of the top Shrine Games in the nation for hospital donations. The 2013 Montana Shrine Game raised $146,000, the top donation in the United States to date.

This year’s game with have an international flavor. Two players from Calgary, Alberta have been selected to participate in the game and showcase their talents against the best of Montana. One gridder will play for each Montana team.

Troy Purcell has been selected as head coach of the East Team. He’s been the head coach for Bozeman High since 2005, winning state championships in 2010 & 2013. Troy is a Helena Capital High graduate and played football for Carroll College. Prior to moving to Bozeman, Troy was the head coach of the Havre Blue Ponies from 2000 through 2004, winning the state A championship his last year there. This is his third stint as head coach for the Shrine Game, winning for the East in 2005 and the West in 2011.

Rick Nordahl of Beaverhead County High School in Dillon is the selection for the West Team. Rick is a first year head coach in Dillon, winning the state A championship this year. He is also a Helena Capital High graduate and attended U of M Western where he was a standout in wrestling and rodeo for the Bulldogs. Prior to taking the helm at Dillon, Rick was assistant coach there for 23 years. He coached in the Shrine game four times prior to accepting the head position this year.

These players were nominated by their schools and coaches across the state, and finally selected as the “best of the best” to participate in the 68th Montana Shrine Game. They join an elite fraternity of players, many of whom have gone on to distinguished collegiate and professional careers.