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Top prospects ready to shine in Halifax

Monday, 01.14.2013 / 7:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / Top Prospects Blog

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Top prospects ready to shine in Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- Defenseman Seth Jones and center Nathan MacKinnon will highlight the rosters for their respective teams on Wednesday when the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is held at the Metro Centre in Halifax.

MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will captain Team Cherry and Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League will wear the 'C' for Team Orr.

With the exception of the three players representing Team Cherry from Halifax -- MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Zachary Fucale -- 37 others will be arriving in the province of Nova Scotia on Monday afternoon.

Team Cherry and head coach Don Cherry will conduct a practice session at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Team Orr and coach Mike McPhee at 7 p.m. ET.

On Tuesday, the players will undergo on- and off-ice testing at the Metro Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET. The on-ice testing for goalies from both sides will take place 12:45-1:15 p.m. ET.
The remainder of the day is set aside for interviews and television promos.

On Wednesday, Team Cherry takes the ice for practice at 9:30 a.m. ET before Team Orr at 11 a.m. ET. The Top Prospects Game is slated for 7 p.m. ET (NHLN-US, Sportsnet).

Team Cherry will have two injury replacements on the roster, including defenseman Jordan Subban of the the OHL's Belleville Bulls and forward Cole Cassels of the OHL's Oshawa Generals. Invited to the game but unable to play due to injury are defenseman Ryan Pulock of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings and forward William Carrier of the QMJHL's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

NHL.com will be on location in Halifax for all the sights and sounds of the 18th Top Prospects Game so check back often.

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