Rosters Announced for 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with National Hockey League Central Scouting have announced the rosters for the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game which takes place on Wednesday January 23 in Red Deer, Alberta.

Top Prospects Game

The 40 players from across the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League selected by NHL clubs to compete in the 24th annual showcase of draft eligible talent have been divided into Team Cherry and Team Orr by NHL Central Scouting.

Team Cherry will be coached by Ron MacLean alongside Dave Hunter and Brent Sutter, with Team Orr to be coached by Kelly Hrudey with Robyn Regehr and Marc Habscheid.

NHL Central Scouting ‘A’ rated prospects Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants), Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets), Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs), Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE), Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads), Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix), and Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings) headline the Team Cherry roster.  The group also includes World Junior Championship talents in Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers) from Denmark, and Valentin Nussbaumer (Shawinigan Cataractes) from Switzerland.  A total of 20 different CHL teams are represented on Team Cherry including eight WHL, six OHL, and six QMJHL clubs.  The home team will feature the host Rebels with forward Oleg Zaytsev.

‘A’ rated prospects on Team Orr include Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds), and Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts).  The group also includes Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders) who was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team.  The roster breakdown includes nine OHL players, with seven WHL, and four from the QMJHL representing a total of 17 CHL teams.  Kelowna Rockets defencemen Kaedan Korczak and Lassi Thomson will compete together, as will London Knights forwards Matvey Guskov and Connor McMichael, and teammates Nikita Okhotyuk and Graeme Clarke of the Ottawa 67’s.  The Rockets pair will play opposite Foote, Orr forward Josh Williams will face his Tigers teammate Sogaard, and Orr goaltender Hunter Jones will face his Peterborough Petes teammate Nick Robertson on Cherry.

2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:

Team Cherry:


Goaltenders:

Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars)
Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Defencemen:
Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Billy Constantinou (Kingston Frontenacs)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)

Forwards:
Maxim Cajkovic (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)
Raphaël Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads)
Nathan Légaré (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Valentin Nussbaumer (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oleg Zaytsev (Red Deer Rebels)

Team Orr:

Goaltenders:
Colten Ellis (Rimouski Océanic)
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Defencemen:

Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s)
Lassi Thomson (Kelowna Rockets)

Forwards:
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders)
Joe Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Matvey Guskov (London Knights)
Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Josh Williams (Medicine Hat Tigers)

The teams are named in recognition of event builders and hockey icons Don Cherry and Bobby Orr who were instrumental in the success of the event when it was first introduced in 1996.  Since 2006, the winning team has been presented with the Don Cherry and Bobby Orr CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Trophy engraved with the names of every player to ever participate in this prestigious event.  Teams wearing the Orr crest carry an overall record of 13-6 while Team Cherry holds an all-time record of 7-13 with the extra victory opposite Team Davidson in 2005.

The 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  The game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased via reddeerrebels.com or ticketsalberta.com.  For further ticket details please contact the Rebels office at 403-341-6000.

For more event information please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

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40 Players Selected for 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with National Hockey League Central Scouting announce today the 40 players that will compete in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The 24th annual showcase of the CHL’s top prospects eligible for the NHL Draft will be played on Wednesday January 23, 2019, at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels.  The 40 competing players were chosen by NHL clubs and include talent from across the WHL, the Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

“The Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game provides scouts and general managers the unique opportunity to evaluate talent competing in a best-on-best showcase,” said Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting Director. “All 31 NHL clubs contributed to the roster selection and have a great interest in this priority scouting event to see which players can elevate their game under the spotlight.”

Headlining the talent in Alberta will be 11 CHL players identified by NHL Central Scouting as potential first round candidates in their November ‘Players to Watch’ list.  Six of those players hail from WHL clubs including forwards Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kirby Dach of the Saskatoon Blades, Nolan Foote of the Kelowna Rockets, and Peyton Krebs of the Kootenay ICE, along with defencemen Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants, and Matthew Robertson of the Edmonton Oil Kings.  Additional ‘A’ rated players competing in the event include OHL forwards Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts, defenceman Vladislav Kolyachonok of the Flint Firebirds, plus QMJHL forwards Raphael Lavoie of the Halifax Mooseheads and Samuel Poulin of the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

33 of the CHL’s 60 member clubs will be represented in the game with a total of 16 WHL players from 12 different teams, 15 OHL players from 12 teams, and nine QMJHL players each from a different organization.  Kelowna leads the way with three players selected followed by the London Knights, Medicine Hat Tigers, Ottawa 67’s, Peterborough Petes, and Seattle Thunderbirds each with two.  The host Rebels will be represented in the game by forward Oleg Zaytsev.

2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Roster:

Goaltenders:
Colten Ellis (Rimouski Océanic)
Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars)
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Defencemen:
Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Billy Constantinou (Kingston Frontenacs)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s)
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Lassi Thomson (Kelowna Rockets)
Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)

Forwards:
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders)
Maxim Cajkovic (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Joe Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Matvey Guskov (London Knights)
Dillon Hamaliuk (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)
Raphaël Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads)
Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nathan Légaré (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)
Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Josh Williams (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Oleg Zaytsev (Red Deer Rebels)

The 40 players will be divided into Team Cherry and Team Orr by NHL Central Scouting prior to the event.  Coaching staffs for both teams will also be announced at a later date.

10 CHL players from last year’s game in Guelph were chosen in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft led by Barrie’s Andrei Svechnikov picked second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.  In 23 years, a total of 317 CHL players from this event have been chosen by NHL clubs in the first round of the NHL Draft representing over 45% of all players selected.  Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 14 players selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Nico Hischier, Connor McDavid, Aaron Ekblad, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Marc-Andre Fleury, Rick Nash, Vincent Lecavalier, Joe Thornton, and Chris Phillips.


The 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  The game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased via reddeerrebels.com or ticketsalberta.com.  For further ticket details please contact the Rebels office at 403-341-6000.

For more event information please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

Bloodlines Trickle Through the Ontario Hockey League

 

Family Tree

It’s happening more and more when the National Hockey League Draft takes place in late June. Grandsons, sons, brothers and cousins of former NHL’ers and other professional leagues from around the world look to carve their own niche and it all begins with hearing their names called on the draft floor, which takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 21-22, 2019.

There is no shortage of Ontario Hockey League players that will be in that position. A total of 17 players eligible for the draft for the first time have had a relative play in the NHL, drafted by an NHL squad, or played some form of professional hockey.

Today, we take a look at those players beginning with the Barrie Colts. The Colts have 3 players with bloodlines. Defenceman Victor Hadfield is the grandson on former NHL’er Vic Hadfield who appeared in 1002 NHL games with the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Center Ryan Suzuki is the younger brother of Nick Suzuki, a first round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights, selected thirteenth overall in 2017 and later traded to the Montreal Canadiens. Finally, goaltender Luke Cavallin is the son of Mark who played professional hockey in Germany and represented Canada internationally in 25 contests. He also has a younger brother Adam playing Bantam Hockey.

The Guelph Storm also have a trio with hockey in their blood and hockey fans will certainly recognize two of the names. Centreman Mason Primeau is the son of Wayne Primeau and nephew of Keith Primeau. Wayne played in 774 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs. Keith appeared in 909 games with the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.

Left Winger Tag Bertuzzi is the son of former NHL’er Todd Bertuzzi. His NHL career consisted of 1159 games with the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings. He is also the cousin of Tyler Bertuzzi who has thus far played in 58 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings.

German born Hamilton Bulldogs’ forward Tim Fleischer has a brother Marc, who is just three years older and trying to make Germany’s top league.

Kitchener Rangers’ blueliner Jack York is the son of former NHL’er Jason York, who played a total of 757 games for Detroit, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators and Boston. The elder York also spent the lockout year in the Swiss League. Jack also has a younger brother Matthew playing in the CCHL.

For the London Knights, defenceman Andrew Perrott is the son of Nathan Perrott, a forward with 89 NHL games experience, who also played 266 American Hockey League games and 168 International Hockey League games.

Also from the Knights, is centreman Matvey Guskov. His father Alexander never played in the NHL but competed in 294 Kontinental Hockey League games and 468 games in the top Russian League (prior to the formation of the KHL). He also appeared in 54 international contests for the Russians.

Oshawa Generals right wing Danil Antropov is the son of former NHL’er Nik Antropov, a veteran of 788 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets.  Nik also played in 168 KHL games over his career.

Mack Guzda is a goaltender with the Owen Sound Attack and the son of a former goaltender Brad Guzda. The elder puck stopper never did play in the NHL but spent his career bouncing around the AHL, ECHL and IHL. He is also the cousin of Jeff Woywitka who played in 278 NHL games as well as 355 AHL games and a couple of seasons in Germany.

Peterborough Petes centreman Nick Robertson is the younger brother of Kingston Frontenacs scoring star and the 37th overall pick at the 2017 NHL draft Jason Robertson. They also have an older brother Michael currently playing at the University of Southern California.

That brings us to Nathan Staios, a defenceman with the Windsor Spitfires and the son of the current General Manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Steve Staios. Steve had a long career, appearing in 1001 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Thrashers, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and New York Islanders. He also appeared in 64 AHL games and 104 IHL games.

Kaliyev, Robertson Selected to Participate at The All America Prospects Game

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes, both of whom represented Team USA at the recently completed Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, will take part at the All American Prospects Game as a precursor to the 2019 National Hockey League Draft.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

For those unfamiliar with the event, it is America’s version of the CHL Top Prospects Game, held each season and involves only players eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft. This years AAPG takes place on September 19, 2018 at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota. The CHL Top Prospects Game will take place on January 23, 2019 in Red Deer Alberta. Kaliyev and Robertson will also be eligible for the CHL Game.

Here are the players that will be competing at the American event:

Name HT (CM) WT (KG) Birthdate S/C Hometown 2018-19 Team College Commitment
Spencer Knight 6-3 (191) 194 (88) 4/19/2001 L Darien, Conn. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)
Cameron Rowe 6-1 (185) 185 (84) 6/1/2001 L Wilmette, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Isaiah Saville 6-1 (185) 181 (82) 9/21/2000 R Anchorage, Alaska Minnesota Magicians (NAHL) University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Dustin Wolf 6-0 (183) 150 (68) 4/16/2001 L Tustin, Calif. Everett Silvertips (WHL)

Defensemen (14)

Name HT (CM) WT (KG) Birthdate S/C Hometown 2018-19 Team College Commitment
Ben Brinkman 6-1 (185) 181 (82) 10/4/2000 L Edina, Minn. University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Braden Doyle 5-10 (178) 165 (75) 8/24/2001 L Lynnfield, Mass. Lawrence Academy (USHS) Boston University (HEA)
Ethan Frisch 5-11 (180) 174 (79) 10/29/2000 R Moorhead, Minn. Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) University of North Dakota (NCHC)
Drew Helleson 6-2 (188) 168 (76) 3/26/2001 R Farmington, Minn. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)
Michael Koster 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 4/13/2001 L Chaska, Minn. Tri-City Storm (USHL)/Chaska High (USHS) University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Zac Jones 5-9 (175) 161 (73) 10/18/2000 L Glen Allen, Va. Tri-City Storm (USHL) University of Massachusetts Amherst (HEA)
Case McCarthy 6-1 (185) 194 (88) 1/9/2001 R Clarence, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston University (HEA)
John Prokop 6-1 (185) 165 (75) 5/13/2001 L Wausau, Wis. Omaha Lancers (USHL) Uncommitted
Jayden Struble 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 8/9/2001 L Cumberland, R.I. St. Sebastian’s School (USHS) Northeastern University (HEA)
Henry Thrun 6-1 (185) 183 (83) 3/12/2001 L Southborough, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)
Alex Vlasic 6-5 (196) 190 (86) 6/5/2001 L Wilmette, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston University (HEA)
Marshall Warren 5-11 (180) 161 (73) 4/20/2001 L Laurel Hollow, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)
Cade Webber 6-5 (195) 194 (88) 1/5/2001 L Meadville, Pa. The Rivers School (USHS) Boston University (HEA)
Cam York 5-11 (180) 165 (75) 1/5/2001 L Anaheim Hills, Calif. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)

Forwards (24)

Name HT (CM) WT (KG) Birthdate S/C Hometown 2018-19 Team College Commitment
John Beecher 6-2 (188) 201 (91) 04/05/2001 L Elmira, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Kaden Bohlsen 6-1 (185) 165 (75) 01/10/2001 R Willmar, Minn. Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Matt Boldy 6-0 (183) 174 (79) 04/05/2001 L Millis, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)
Cole Caufield 5-6 (168) 154 (70) 01/02/2001 R Stevens Point, Wis. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Judd Caulfield 6-2 (188) 198 (90) 3/19/2001 R Grand Forks, N.D. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of North Dakota (NCHC)
Ryder Donovan 6-4 (193) 185 (84) 10/04/2000 R Duluth, Minn. Duluth East High (USHS) University of North Dakota (NCHC)
Ryan Drkulec 6-4 (193) 172 (78) 9/22/2000 L Frisco, Texas Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) Uncommitted
John Farinacci 6-0 (183) 181 (82) 2/14/2001 R Chatham, N.J. Dexter School (USHS)/Muskegon (USHL) Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)
Michael Gildon 6-0 (183) 183 (83) 6/21/2001 L Plano, Texas U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Ohio State University (Big Ten)
Jack Hughes 5-10 (178) 166 (75) 5/14/2001 L Orlando, Fla. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Uncommitted
Aaron Huglen 5-11 (180) 163 (74) 3/6/2001 R Roseau, Minn. Roseau High (USHS) University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Trevor Janicke 5-10 (178) 185 (84) 12/25/2000 R Maple Grove, Minn. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
Arthur Kaliyev 6-2 (188) 190 (86) 6/26/2001 L Delray Beach, Fla. Hamiton Bulldogs (OHL)
Owen Lindmark 6-0 (183) 170 (77) 5/17/2001 R Naperville, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Robert Mastrosimone 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 1/24/2001 L East Islip, N.Y. Chicago Steel (USHL) Boston University (HEA)
Garrett Pinoniemi 5-10 (178) 141 (64) 06/15/2001 L Mound, Minn. Holy Family Catholic (USHS) St. Cloud State University (NCHC)
Shane Pinto 6-2 (188) 185 (84) 11/12/2000 R Franklin Square, N.Y. Lincoln Stars (USHL) University of North Dakota (NCHC)
Nick Robertson 5-9 (175) 161 (73) 9/11/2001 L Northville, Mich. Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Grant Silianoff 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 1/4/2001 L Edina, Minn. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
Austen Swankler 5-11 (180) 157 (71) 8/21/2001 L Irwin, Pa. Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Luke Toporowski 5-10 (178) 174 (79) 4/12/2001 L Bettendorf, Iowa Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Alex Turcotte 5-11 (180) 194 (88) 2/26/2001 L Island Lake, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Danny Weight 5-11 (180) 187 (85) 5/1/2001 L Lattingtown, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)
Trevor Zegras 5-11 (180) 159 (72) 3/20/2001 L Bedford, N.Y. U.S. National Undre-18 Team (USHL) Boston University (HEA)