Quebec City to host 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

By pbadmin

Showcase slated for the Colisee Pepsi January 17

CHL Press Release

QUEBEC CITY – The Canadian Hockey League and the NHL announced today that the 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be played at Quebec’s Colisee Pepsi Wednesday, January 17, at 7 p.m. The Quebec Remparts, 2006 MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions, will work to put on the annual event, which will be telecast live across Canada on Rogers Sportsnet and in Quebec on RDS.

The Top Prospects game will showcase 40 of the CHL’s top players eligible for selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.

“The Canadian Hockey League is extremely excited and pleased to award the 2007 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to Quebec City. The CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is one of our showcase events and it is the first opportunity for this game to be played in the Province of Quebec. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, along with the Quebec Remparts and the City of Quebec did an outstanding job in hosting the 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup and we feel Quebec City is a fitting stage for this prestigious event” said CHL President, David Branch.

“As a result of the long term support of the National Hockey League and title sponsor Home Hardware, the annual Top Prospects Game has become one of the top events on the hockey calendar for our young players to aspire towards. This game allows the top players in the CHL to showcase their skills and talents in front of the management and scouting staffs of every NHL team. We are very thankful to have the tremendous support from the NHL, along with Home Hardware and our many other sponsors who make this a world class event” added Branch.

Home Hardware, a title sponsor since 2000, continues as the title partner of the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game this year.

“On behalf of more than 1,000 Home Hardware Dealers across the country, I take great pride in presenting this exciting hockey event to Quebec City and CHL fans who will be watching on television from coast-to-coast,” says Paul Straus, Vice-President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “From local rinks to the national spotlight of the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Home Hardware is proud to be involved at every level and thrilled to part of this exciting event.”

“The Québec Remparts are very pleased to host the 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Our fans are some of the best in the league and it will be a good opportunity for them to see the best junior players available for the NHL Draft”, said Mr. Louis Painchaud, Director of Operations of the Québec Remparts.

The CHL along with the Quebec Remparts will announce player and fan events such as a skills competition and player luncheon.

The 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game will feature a local flavour as Angelo Esposito of the host Quebec Remparts has been selected to the roster of players for the game by the NHL. Esposito led the Remparts last season with 98 points (39G, 59A) and is a top prospect looking forward to the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.The NHL’s 30 teams will select the remaining 39 players to participate in the game. The announcement of the remaining players will be made in early January.

“The Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is a much anticipated showcase event for all the scouting staffs across the National Hockey League,” said Central Scouting’s, EJ McGuire. This is a major event where scouts can see all the premier draft-eligible players in Major Junior hockey compete head-to-head, with Quebec City and the current home of the Memorial Cup Champions being a perfect venue,” added McGuire.

More than 400 players have suited up in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and gone on to be selected in the NHL entry draft. The game has featured five players who were the first overall picks in the NHL entry draft — Chris Phillips (1996), Joe Thornton (1997), Vincent Lecavalier (1998), Rick Nash (2002) and Marc-André Fleury (2003).

Participants from the 2006 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game include, Jordan Staal, Peter Mueller, and Derick Brassard who, along with twelve other game participants, were all selected in the First Round at the NHL Entry Draft held in Vancouver on June 24th.

Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game – Results

1996 Toronto Cherry 9, Orr 3

1997 Toronto Orr 7, Cherry 2

1998 Toronto Cherry 4, Orr 2

1999 Calgary Orr 4, Cherry 3

2000 Toronto Orr 6, Cherry 3

2001 Calgary Orr 5, Cherry 3

2002 Saskatoon Tiger 7, Hrudey 4

2003 Kitchener Cherry 4, Orr 3

2004 London Orr 6, Cherry 2

2005 Vancouver Cherry 8, Davidson 4

2006 Ottawa Orr 7, Cherry 2