The 2013 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is set to take place Wednesday night at 7PM EST in Halifax, Nova Scotia and you can catch the game on the NHL Network in the States or on Sportsnet if you reside in Canada.
The game continually features some of the best NHL-ready talent the CHL has to offer and this year’s rosters are no different.
Players are gathered from the WHL, OHL and QMJHL, then they are separated into two teams, Team Orr and Team Cherry. If the names didn’t give it away I’ll explain. One team is coached by Boston Bruins legendary defenseman Bobby Orr, and the other is coached by flamboyant ex-coach turned analyst, Don “Grapes” Cherry. That alone is worth the price of admission.
Getting back to this year’s squads, defenseman and current #1 ranked North American prospect Seth Jones will captain Team Orr, while forward and current #2 ranked North American prospect Nathan MacKinnon will captain Team Cherry.
Pretty cool scenario when you can have the top-2 ranked North American draft-eligible players captaining opposing squads built with the best NHL-ready talent the CHL can offer and you can watch all the action from the comfort of your own living room.
Some other notable players in this years game are forwards Jonathan Drouin, Ryan Hartman, Max Domi, Sean Monahan and defenseman Jordan Subban.
For a full breakdown of both rosters head to frozenfutures.com:
In case you need another reason to watch the game just look at some of the players that have participated in this game:
According to NHL.com, “Since the game was introduced in 1996, it has featured 10 players who were selected with the first pick in the NHL Draft: Chris Phillips(Ottawa Senators), Joe Thornton (Boston Bruins), Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay Lightning), Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets),Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins),Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning), John Tavares(New York Islanders), Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers).”
So remember, 7PM EST on Wednesday night and you can watch the game from your couch on the NHL Network (USA) or Sportsnet (Canada). Now you don’t have an excuse and this will be a nice little opening act for the start of the NHL season on Saturday.