Photo: Prince George Cougars forward and 2015 prospect Jansen Harkins is the top rookie on a Cougars team that currently has just 17 wins and sits second-last in the WHL’s Western Conference so far this season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The World U17 Hockey Challenge may be dwarfed by its bigger brother, the U20 World Junior Championship, but it provides hockey’s future stars potentially their first taste of international competition. Every year, 10 teams, including five regional Canadian teams, battle it at the U17 for a chance to claim the title as the world’s best for that age group.
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: Former Calgary Flames forward Joel Otto (R), shown here taking part in a Flames Alumni Game at the 2011 Heritage Classic, is now an assistant coach with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
The 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary marks the third time the city has hosted the mid-season festivities at the Saddledome, which is home to both the Calgary Flames (NHL) and the Calgary Hitmen (WHL).
Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2014 prospect Brayden Point is a native of Calgary taking part in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game taking place in that city (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
There is a long history of players receiving a late call to participate in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, then taking full advantage of the opportunity to make a huge impression. Brayden Point of the Moose Jaw Warriors has a chance to be “that guy” this week in Calgary.
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.