CHL Press Release
Toronto, Ontario – Each month the Canadian Hockey League & NAPA Auto Parts will recognize the top draft eligible player for the upcoming 2007 NHL Entry Draft based on their play over the course of the month. Each winner will be recognized at a future home game and will be presented with a NAPA Auto Parts prize pack.
The Canadian Hockey League today announced the winners of the NAPA Draft Prospects of the Month for the month of November.
NAPA Draft Prospects of the Month
Western Hockey League
Karl Alzner, Calgary Hitmen
Ontario Hockey League
Patrick Kane, London Knights
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Raffaele D’Orso, Val-d’Or Foreurs
Karl Alzner has been a major factor on the Calgary Hitmen powerplay this season and is a big reason why the Hitmen are ranked third in the WHL standings. The big blue liner had 12 points in 12 games last month for the Hitmen and currently sits amongst the top 10 scoring defencemen in the WHL with 27 points in 32 games. Patrick Kane of the London Knights scored nine goals and had 25 points in just 11 games during the month of November while leading the Knights to an 8-1-1-1 record. The native of Buffalo, New York is currently the top scorer in the OHL with 60 points in 28 games. Raffaele D’Orso is a big reason why the Val-d’Or Foreurs are a force in the QMJHL this season. D’Orso was 6-1 over the course of November while posting a 2.56 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. With D’Orso’s strong play between the pipes, the Foreurs have been a staple in the CHL Top 10 this season.
About the Canadian Hockey League
The Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league with 59 teams in ten Canadian provinces and five American states. The CHL is made up of the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. Last season, more than nine million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and the MasterCard Memorial Cup national championship. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League than any other league. More than 425 graduates attend Canadian Universities on scholarships from CHL teams.
About NAPA Auto Parts
NAPA Canada is part of Genuine Parts Company, a distributor of automotive replacement parts in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. NAPA Canada is engaged in the distribution of automotive and light and medium duty truck replacement parts through 9 distribution centers and 600 Auto Parts stores across Canada. For more information, visit www.NAPAcanada.com
CCMC is one of North America’s leading sports and entertainment multi-media marketers, with extensive business ventures in publishing, radio, television broadcast sales and production, event production, management and sponsorship sales, website design and maintenance. CCMC’s properties include the Canadian Hockey League and ScoreGolf, and are the official publishers for both the National Hockey League and the Canadian Football League.