PRESS RELEASE –
– DECEMBER 25, 2013
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