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Calgary to host 2014 Top Prospects Game

by Adam Kimelman

The 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be hosted by the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

The game, which will feature 40 of the top 2014 NHL Draft prospects playing in the WHL, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will be played Jan. 15, 2014.

"The Canadian Hockey League is very excited to return to Calgary for the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game following successful events in 1999 and 2001," Canadian Hockey League president David Branch said. "The passionate hockey fans in Western Canada have contributed significantly to the growth of this prestigious event and we look forward to another showcase of the league's next wave of star NHL talent in Calgary next January."

Calgary Hitmen president and governor Ken King added, "The Calgary Hitmen organization is both pleased and honored to host the best and brightest CHL stars and prospects at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. On the heels of the 2012 World Junior Hockey championship that was a terrific success in Alberta, this provides another opportunity to showcase and grow major junior hockey in our great city and province."

Among the players expected to take part in next season's event is center Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. Reinhart, in his second WHL season, led his team in goals (35), assists (50) and points (85). He also had three goals, four assists and a plus-7 rating in seven games while captaining Canada to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Since the first Top Prospects Game was played in 1996, 10 players have gone on to be the first player picked in that year's draft: Chris Phillips, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. That list likely will grow to 11; Seth Jones, the potential top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, participated in this season's game, which was played in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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