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Kelowna Rockets to host 2012 Top Prospects Game

by Adam Kimelman /
The Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League will host the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The event will be held Feb. 1, 2012 at Prospera Place, and feature 40 of the top prospects for the 2012 Entry Draft playing this season in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League.

Players for the event, which has been held annually since 1996, are picked by the 30 NHL teams, with NHL Central Scouting coordinating the event.

"The Canadian Hockey League is very excited to bring the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to Kelowna," said CHL President David Branch. "This event is highly anticipated by our players, who have the opportunity to showcase their skills for Kelowna Rockets fans and before the eyes of all 30 NHL teams in attendance and CHL fans nationwide."

The event also will feature a skills contest, to be held Jan. 31.

Last year's game, held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, featured 19 players who were chosen in the first round of the 2011 Entry Draft, including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, taken by the Oilers with the first selection. Nugent-Hopkins, playing for a Doug Gilmour-coached Team Orr, had 2 assists in a 7-1 victory against a Don Cherry-coached Team Cherry.

The first pick of the last five NHL drafts have participated in the Top Prospects Game -- Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos and Patrick Kane.

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