Saskatoon, SK: The 2002 Top Prospects Organizing Committee and the Canadian
Hockey League today announced the teams for the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top
Prospects Festivities at a media conference in Saskatoon. The 2002 Home
Hardware Top Prospects Festivities will be held January 30th and 31st in
Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and former NHL and WHL star Kelly Hrudey’
s team will take on former Toronto Maple Leaf and The Canadian WHL star Dave
“Tiger” Williams team at the seventh annual event. The event features the
top 40 CHL prospects for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, as selected by the NHL’s
Central Scouting Department. The game will be broadcast live on Rogers
Williams’ team will feature two members of Canada’s silver medal winning
team at the recently completed 2002 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Forward Scottie Upshall of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League
and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester of the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL will
anchor Williams’ squad, which will meet a team coached by Hrudey.
Hrudey’s team will feature Rick Nash of the London Knights of the Ontario
Hockey League, the top ranked player from the OHL as determined by NHL
Central Scouting, another member of Canada’s national junior team. The top
ranked player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, defenceman Martin
Vagner of the Hull Olympiques, is also on Hrudey’s team.
The complete breakdown of the two teams’ rosters is listed below.
Virtually every player to perform in the CHL Home Hardware Top Prospect Game
has been selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Such current NHL stars as Joe
Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Simon Gagne, David Legwand, Scott Gomez, Chris
Phillips, Alex Tanguay and Eric Brewer have appeared in the game Forty of
the best young prospects in the CHL will appear in this year’s game,
including 16 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 14 players from the
Western Hockey League and 10 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
The Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League have teamed-up with
Saskatoon Sports Tourism to host the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects
Game at Saskatchewan Place. Saskatoon Sports Tourism is a non-profit,
partnership organization formed to guide the attraction, retention and
creation of sports tourism activities in the city of Saskatoon.
Hrudey and Williams will take over the coaching reigns for the CHL Home
Hardware Top Prospects Game from hockey legend Bobby Orr and Hockey Night in
Canada icon Don Cherry, who are both stepping aside after six years behind
the bench at the event. In future years the game’s celebrity coaches will
have ties to the community where the game is being played in, hence this
year’s selection of Hrudey and Williams, both of whom are from western
Canada and played their junior hockey in the WHL.
New to the Top Prospects Game this year will be a Skills Competition open to
the public, which will be held the night before the game on Wednesday,
January 30 at 7 p.m.
Also recognized at today’s media conference were major local sponsors of the
festivities, DirectWest, Auto Trader, SaskTel, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Shaw
TV, Assante Financial, Saputo Foods and Molson Breweries.
Tickets are available for $20 for the two-day hockey event. For more
information on the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects festivities, call
the Saskatoon Blades office at (306) 975-8844.
Last year in Calgary, Blades goaltender Michael Garnett stopped 23 of 24
shots he faced to backstop his club to victory. Prince Albert Raider forward
Greg Watson led the way with two goals and an assist for his team en route
to a 5-3 win as Team Bobby Orr defeated Team Don Cherry.
TEAM TIGER WILLIAMS
Goal – Jeff Deslauriers, Chicoutimi (QMJHL), Tyson Kellerman, North Bay
Defence – Jay Bouwmeester, Medicine Hat (WHL), Aaron Rome, Swift Current
(WHL), Jesse Lane, Hull (QMJHL), Andy Thompson, Kootenay (WHL), John
Boychuk, Calgary (WHL), Trevor Daley, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).
Forwards – Scott Upshall, Kamloops (WHL), Daniel Paille, Guelph (OHL), Adam
Henrich, Brampton (OHL), Armands Berzins, Shawinigan (QMJHL), Petr Taticek,
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Chicoutimi (QMJHL), Pat
Jarrett, Owen Sound (OHL), Andrei Mikhnov, Sudbury (OHL), Jakub Klepis,
Portland (WHL), Lance Monych, Brandon (WHL), Boyd Gordon, Red Deer (WHL),
Jimmy Cuddihy, Shawinigan (QMJHL).
TEAM KELLY HRUDEY
Goal – Maxime Daigneault, Val-d’Or (QMJHL), Todd Ford, Swift Current (WHL)
Defence – Martin Vagner, Hull (QMJHL), Paul Ranger, Oshawa (OHL), James
Wisniewski, Plymouth (OHL), Steve Eminger, Kitchener (OHL), Brian Lee, Erie
(OHL), Francois Caron, Moncton (QMJHL)
Forwards – Rick Nash, London (OHL), Gregory Campbell, Plymouth (OHL), Ben
Eager, Oshawa (OHL), Patrick Thoresen, Moncton (QMJHL), Brad Schell, Spokane
(WHL), Erik Christensen, Kamloops (WHL), Tim Brent, Toronto St. Michael’s
(OHL), Michael Lambert, Montreal (QMJHL), Joffrey Lupul, Medicine Hat (WHL),
Paul Brown, Kamloops (WHL), Tim Konsorada, Brandon (WHL), Petr Kanko,