CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game coming to Red Deer

By rdnewsNOW staff
February 1, 2018 - 2:34pm Updated: February 1, 2018 - 3:18pm

Yet another marquee hockey event is coming to Red Deer.

The Canadian Hockey League in association with Sherwin-Williams, the Western Hockey League, and the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club, announced Thursday that the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be hosted by the Rebels at the ENMAX Centrium on Wednesday January 23, 2019.

It’ll be the 24th edition of the showcase event for NHL Draft talent featuring players from across the WHL, Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

“We are thrilled to bring another great CHL event to our season ticket members, sponsors, and fans in Central Alberta,” said Rebels Owner/President/General Manager/Head Coach Brent Sutter. “The Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game brings the best in class for the upcoming NHL Draft to our community, and we know our fans will appreciate the level of hockey that is presented. Combined with the U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, Canada Winter Games, and the WHL Bantam Draft and Awards, our region looks to be a hub of hockey over the next year!”

Red Deer will become the 16th different Canadian city to host the Top Prospects Game.

“The Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is one of the special hockey events circled annually on the calendar because of the unique experience it offers our players, NHL scouts, and CHL fans across the country,” said CHL President David Branch. “As evidenced last week in Guelph, it’s a showcase of our league’s rising stars and the next wave of talent eligible for the NHL Draft. On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League we look forward to bringing this event to the city of Red Deer, the Rebels organization, and to the fans on January 23, 2019.”

The Rebels have had 24 players compete in this event including 12 who went on to be chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins earned Player of the Game honours as captain for Team Orr with two assists in a 7-1 win over Team Cherry in 2011 before becoming the first overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers. Other Rebels first round picks include Lance Ward (New Jersey 1996), Jesse Wallin (Detroit 1996), Mike Brown (Florida 1997), Colby Armstrong (Pittsburgh 2001), Jeff Woywitka (Philadelphia 2001), Boyd Gordon (Washington 2002), Dion Phaneuf (Calgary 2003), Brandon Sutter (Carolina 2007), Mathew Dumba (Minnesota 2012), Haydn Fleury (Carolina 2014), and Conner Bleackley (Colorado 2014).

Rebels Season Ticket Members will have guaranteed access to the event, with a ticket for the game included in the season package. Members will also receive access to an advance presale for additional tickets before the general public.  Further ticket details will be unveiled this fall.

(Canadian Hockey League, WHL)

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