Photo: Prince George Cougars goaltender and 2014 prospect Ty Edmonds is one of 13 WHL players taking part in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Like many of the players participating in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary, Ty Edmonds found out he’d earned the nod from NHL general managers shortly before returning home to Winnipeg for the Christmas break in the WHL schedule. It made for a wonderful gift to share with his parents, Brian and Kim, and his younger brother Wyatt.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2014 prospect Chase De Leo will be taking part in his second top prospects game this season when he takes the ice for Team Cherry at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
For a player whose first experiences with hockey included a pair of roller blades, it probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that today Chase De Leo might very well be developing the best set of wheels the WHL has to offer.
Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and 2014 prospect Jake Virtanen has produced at a nearly point-per-game pace during the 2013 -14 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
When he was selected first overall by the Calgary Hitmen at the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, there was little doubt that Jake Virtanen was a player who would arrive in the WHL with a prototypical “full tool kit”.
Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and 2014 prospect Haydn Fleury is ranked sixth among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
If there is one player among the 40 in Calgary this week for the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game who can relate to the wintery first day of festivities here, it’s probably Haydn Fleury of the Red Deer Rebels. Fleury, who will celebrate his 18th birthday in July, is a prairie boy from Carlyle, Saskatchewan.
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.