(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Wheat Kings’ Clague having solid campaign after incomplete rookie season

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Kale Clague - Brandon Wheat Kings - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2016 prospect Kale Clague was a part of Canada’s gold medal squad at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

When the Brandon Wheat Kings made Kale Clague the sixth pick overall at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, he became yet another highly-touted defenseman among an already deep stable of defenders compiled by Kelly McCrimmon in Brandon. Read more»

2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: QMJHL duo dominates in 3-2 Team Orr victory

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Pierre-Luc Dubois - Team Orr - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team Orr forward Pierre-Luc Dubois deposits the game-winning goal into the net behind Team Cherry goaltender Zach Sawchenko in Team Orr’s 3-2 win at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Once the pomp and circumstance came to an end at the Pacific Coliseum, with Bobby Orr and Don Cherry feigning disdain for each other prior to puck drop, a group of 40 prospects from across the CHL were finally allowed to cut loose and play hockey at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Read more»

(Podcast) Dan Marr, NHL scouts able to access Major Junior and Junior A showcases just days apart

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Dan Marr - Director of NHL Central Scouting

Photo: Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr has had a busy couple of weeks with the release of the CSS Midterm Rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, as well as the CJHL Prospects Game and CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

When Dan Marr was absent from the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game meet and greets on Tuesday evening in Vancouver, it was certainly for good reason. The amicable Director of NHL Central Scouting was busying himself a few miles away in Surrey at the annual CJHL Prospects Game. Read more»

Pacific Coliseum readies for 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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Team Orr Players - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team Orr players look on as the 40 CHL prospects assembled in Vancouver, BC in preparation for the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Thursday night (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

With 40 of the top junior players from the Canadian Hockey League venturing to Canada’s West Coast paradise, also known as Vancouver, for the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, there is a hope that this annual All-Star game of sorts will capture plenty of attention from hockey fans in British Columbia’s lower mainland. Read more»

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Silvertips’ Hart carries strong second half of 2014-15 season into draft year

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Carter Hart - Everett Silvertips

Photo: Everett Silvertips goaltender and 2016 prospect Carter Hart’s 27 wins is the most for any WHL goaltender so far in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When Carter Hart basically took over as the number one goaltender with the Everett Silvertips midway through last season, the unflappable keeper was only 16 years old. While he led the Silvertips into the post-season, where Everett fell to the Portland Winterhawks in the second round. Read more»

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