Top Prospects Game Rosters & CHL News

By League Press Release


The 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game will be broadcast live on
Rogers Sportsnet Thursday at 7 p.m. MT and 8 p.m. ET, live from Saskatoon

It’s the seventh annual edition of the Home Hardware Top Prospects Game,
which features 40 of the top CHL prospects for the National Hockey League’s
Entry Draft, as selected by the NHL’s Central Scouting Department.

This year’s celebrity coaches for the game both have roots in Western
Canada. Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and former NHL and WHL star Kelly
Hrudey will coach one team, taking on a squad coached by former NHL and WHL
star Dave “Tiger” Williams.

Among the participating players this year are three members of Canada’s
national junior team, which won a silver medal at the recent World Junior
Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic. Defenceman Jay Bouwmeester of
the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, forward Rick Nash of the London Knights
of the OHL and forward Scottie Upshall of the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL
are among the bright young CHL stars taking part in both Thursday night’s
game and Wednesday night’s skills competition.

Brandon Segal of the Calgary Hitmen replaces injured forward Tim Brent of
the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in the game, bringing the number of Western
Hockey League players in the game to 15. There are 15 OHL players
performing, along with 10 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey

Bouwmeester is the number one ranked player from the WHL on the NHL’s
current North American rankings, while Upshall is number two. Nash is the
number one ranked prospect from the OHL on the NHL’s list. Ben Eager of the
Oshawa Generals is the second ranked OHL player on that list and he will
also be in the game.

The two top QMJHL prospects on the NHL Central Scouting Department list are
defenceman Martin Vagner of the Hull Olympiques and defenceman Francois
Caron of the Moncton Wildcats, who will lead the 10-player Quebec delegation
into the contest.

The Kamloops Blazers of the WHL have the most players in the game with
three, while 12 other CHL teams have two players each participating in this
year’s game (Plymouth, Oshawa, Kitchener and Sault Ste. Marie from the OHL,
Chicoutimi, Hull, Moncton and Shawinigan from the QMJHL and Brandon,
Medicine Hat, Calgary and Swift Current from the WHL).

Virtually every player to perform in the CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects
Game has been selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Such current NHL stars as Joe
Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Simon Gagne, David Legwand, Scott Gomez, Chris
Phillips, Alex Tanguay and Eric Brewer have appeared in the Game.



Jeff DeslauriersMaxime Daigneault
Tyson KellermanTodd Ford

Jay BouwmeesterMartin Vagner
Aaron RowePaul Ranger
Jesse LaneJames Wisniewski
Andy ThompsonSteve Eminger
John BoychukBrian Lee
Trevor DaleyFrancois Caron
Scott UpshallRick Nash
Daniel PailleGregory Campbell
Adam HenrichBen Eager
Armands BerzinsPatrick Thoresen
Petr TaticekBrad Schell
Pierre-Marc BouchardErik Christensen
Pat JarrettBrandon Segal
Andrei MikhnovMichael Lambert
Jakub KlepisJoffrey Lupul
Lance MonychPaul Brown
Boyd GordonTim Konsorada
Jimmy CuddihyPetr Kanko


There are four games in the WHL on Wednesday night. Kamloops is at Kelowna,
Portland plays at Spokane, Tri-City visits Seattle and Vancouver is in
Prince George.

There were five games in the WHL on Tuesday night. Kootenay stopped
Lethbridge 3-1, Red Deer (6) defeated Brandon 3-1, Tri-City routed Seattle
9-2, Kamloops stopped Portland 5-1 and Prince Albert edged Swift Current (3)

At Kootenay, Duncan Milroy had a goal and one assist to lead the Ice, while
B.J. Boxma made 25 saves. Scott Borders had the lone goal for Lethbridge.

At Red Deer, Mikhail Yakubov had one goal and one assist for the winners,
while Colin Fraser added a pair of assists. Jordin Tootoo scored his 25th
goal of the season for Brandon, while Red Deer goalie Cam Ward made 24

At Tri-City, Eric Johansson had two goals and two assists, while Ben Kilgour
and Pat Iannone both had two goals and one assist. Rory McDade added one
goal and three assists for the winners, who were out-shot 37-20 but still
won by seven goals.

At Kamloops, Keegan McAvoy had two goals and one assist for the Blazers,
while Jarret Lukin added one goal and one assist. Scottie Upshall added two
assists for the winners after Joey Hope had opened the scoring for Portland.

At Prince Albert, Jon Kress and Riley Cote both scored twice to lead Prince
Albert, while Thomas Vicers made 35 saves in goal. Paul Deniset added one
goal and two assists for the winners while Ian White had one goal and two
assists for the losers.


There is just one game in the OHL on Wednesday night as the Brampton
Battalion travels to Owen Sound to play the Attack.

There were no games in the OHL on either Monday or Tuesday night.


There is one game in the QMJHL Wednesday night as Sherbrooke takes on
Shawinigan (4).

There were no games in the QMJHL on Tuesday night.

For complete QMJHL statistics and standings, visit the official QMJHL site.