2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Bjorkstrand looks to display talent on bigger stage

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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward Oliver Bjorkstrand has benefited from playing with other, top NHL Draft prospects on the Winterhawks' roster (courtesy of the WHL)

Like a number of CHL teams, the Portland Winterhawks have sent multiple players to the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game this year. Seth Jones has received the majority of the attention as both the captain of Team Orr and one of the top draft-eligibles for the 2013 NHL Draft, while his teammate Nicolas Petan is a familiar name for prospect watchers after helping Canada win the gold at last summer's Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

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2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Mueller takes the long road to Halifax

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Mirco Mueller - Everett Silvertips

Photo: Everett Silvertips defenseman Mirco Mueller has been piling up the frequent flyer miles in the past few weeks, with his latest stop being Halifax for the Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Mirco Mueller could be excused if he is a little disorientated this week while playing at the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax. Ever since the start of the 2013 calendar year, the young Swiss defenseman has spent almost as much time traveling on airplanes as he has playing hockey.

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2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Sporting bloodlines flow through number of prospects

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Kerby Rychel - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward Kerby Rychel is one of several players competing at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game with family ties to professional sports (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Cassels. Domi. Mantha. Rychel. They are names that many hockey fans are familiar with, the names of former NHL players. But those names also represent a new wave of talent, still on the way to hopefully making an impact in the pro ranks.

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2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Familiarity doesn’t breed contempt

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Ryan Kujawinski - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward Ryan Kujawinski will be facing and teaming up with some familiar faces at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Despite the fact that it is considered one of the "Big Four" major leagues in North America, hockey remains a small sport in many different ways. That size brings a sense of community, where everybody knows one another.

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2013 WJC Review: Canada fails to take medal for first time in 15 years

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Scott Harrington - Canada

Photo: Although his contributions didn't come on the scoresheet, Team Canada defenseman Scott Harrington was a steady, reliable performer at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The expectation for Canada is always the same: nothing short of a gold medal. But in recent history, the results have fallen short.

After a pair of silver medals and a bronze over the last three World Juniors, Canada was once again tasked with bringing home the gold at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

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