Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was the main offensive threat for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
For the second year in a row, Team Canada took the somber and quiet flight home from the World Junior Championship without a medal to show for their efforts. Thankfully for the young men who made up the team, it was also a second straight year where other news in the hockey world quickly drew the attention of media and fans elsewhere. Meanwhile, Hockey Canada is left to once again regroup and diagnose what went wrong and how they can find a way back to their winning ways that were once commonplace and are now proving to be more and more elusive.
Photo: Barrie Colts forward and 2014 prospect Brendan Lemieux (C) netted a goal for Team Orr in their win over Team Cherry at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Propsects Game, with his style of play reminding many of that of his father, former NHL forward Claude Lemieux (courtesy of Brad Watson/CHL Images)
Here is a look at a few of the players who made a significant impact at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary.
Photo: Team Orr forward Jared McCann (C) celebrates what would be his game-winning goal along with Brendan Perlini (L) and Josh Ho-Sang (R) as Team Orr would go on to down Team Cherry at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Propsects Game, 4-3 (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
While there appeared to be some nerves early on among the group of 40 players competing at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary, the teams were able to find a way to settle in and provide at least two periods of fast-paced, entertaining hockey.
Photo: Charlottetown Islanders goaltender and 2014 prospect Mason McDonald was recently dealt by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to the Islanders in exchange for draft picks (courtesy of CHL Images)
In an era where it would seem that NHL teams seem to yearn for big, tall goaltenders, it would appear that Mason McDonald might be just the physical package scouting staffs will be looking for.
Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad is the top-rated defenseman taking part in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, although Central Scouting’s highest ranked North American forward, Sam Bennett, will miss the game due to injury (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
With 40 of the top junior players from the Canadian Hockey League arriving in this bustling National Hockey League city in wintery western Canada, there is a very solid chance this annual all-star game of sorts will capture plenty of attention from Calgary and area sports fans when Team Cherry faces off against Team Orr in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday night.