CHL announces participating players for the 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prosp

By pbadmin

CHL Press Release

TORONTO – The Canadian Hockey League and National Hockey League today announced the 40 players who will participate in the 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday January 17 in Quebec City.

The game will showcase 40 of the CHL’s top players that are eligible for selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The players were selected by the National Hockey League’s 30 teams. The players will be separated into two teams prior to the event.

“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, it is my pleasure to congratulate these young men for their selection by the National Hockey League to participate in this storied event,” said David Branch, President of the Canadian Hockey League. “We are looking forward to watching these talented individuals compete for the attention of the NHL and continuing the rich tradition we have come to expect from the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. We are very grateful for the support of the National Hockey League, Home Hardware and all of our associate sponsors who make this very special event possible.”

“We are very proud to continue our association with this special game,” said Bruce Shuh, Director of Marketing for Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Our Independent Dealers support local hockey teams and events in more than 1,000 communities across Canada and as a National Dealer Network, we are proud to sponsor major sporting events such as the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. We hope that this game helps these young men attain their dream of one day playing in the NHL.”

More than 420 players have suited up in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and gone on to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft. The game has featured five players who were the first overall picks in the NHL Entry Draft – Chris Phillips (1996), Joe Thornton (1997), Vincent Lecavalier (1998), Rick Nash (2002) and Marc-Andre Fleury (2003).

“This is a major event where scouts can see all the premier draft-eligible players in Major Junior hockey compete head-to-head,” said Director of Central Scouting for the NHL, EJ McGuire. “This game promises to be as exciting as years past with several top prospects looking to establish themselves as the premier prospect in the CHL on this night. We are very excited to see which of these young men will best use the opportunity of this event to showcase himself for the 2007 NHL Draft in Columbus, Ohio and beyond.”

The 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be broadcast live across Canada on Rogers Sportsnet and RDS.

Tickets for the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game are $18 plus handling charges. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.billetech.com , by calling (418) 691-7211 or 1-800-900-7469, or by visiting the Colisee Pepsi Box Office.

2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Participating Players

Forwards

Akim Aliu, Sudbury Wolves

Ruslan Bashkirov, Quebec Remparts

Drayson Bowman, Spokane Chiefs

Logan Couture, Ottawa 67’s

Angelo Esposito, Quebec Remparts

Olivier Fortier, Rimouski Oceanic

Sam Gagner, London Knights

Colton Gillies, Saskatoon Blades

Max Gratchev, Rimouski Oceanic

Zach Hamill, Everett Silvertips

Patrick Kane, London Knights

Spencer Machacek, Vancouver Giants

Brett MacLean, Oshawa Generals

Logan MacMillan, Halifax Mooseheads

Oscar Moller, Chilliwack Bruins

Nick Palmieri, Erie Otters

Michal Repik, Vancouver Giants

David Skokan, Rimouski Oceanic

Brett Sonne, Calgary Hitmen

Brandon Sutter, Red Deer Rebels

Maxime Tanguay, Rimouski Oceanic

Zack Torquato, Erie Otters

Keven Veilleux, Victoriaville Tigres

Jakub Voracek, Halifax Mooseheads

Defencemen

Karl Alzner, Calgary Hitmen

Jonathan Blum, Vancouver Giants

Eric Doyle, Everett Silvertips

Keaton Ellerby, Kamloops Blazers

Taylor Ellington, Everett Silvertips

Thomas Hickey, Seattle Thunderbirds

Mark Katic, Sarnia Sting

Kevin Marshall, Lewiston MAINEiacs

John Negrin, Kootenay Ice

Alex Plante, Calgary Hitmen

Nick Ross, Regina Pats

David Stich, Saint John Sea Dogs

Goaltenders

Trevor Cann, Peterborough Petes

Linden Rowat, Regina Pats

Tyson Sexsmith, Vancouver Giants

Jeremy Smith, Plymouth Whalers