40 players selected for 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

The Canadian Hockey League announced today the 40 players invited to compete in the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Slated for January 25 at the Langley Events Centre, the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game showcases the top-40 CHL players eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft from across the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 40 players were identified via a survey conducted with the NHL’s 32 teams.

In all, the 40 players count 19 from the WHL – headlined by 2023 NHL Draft favorite and North Vancouver, BC, native Connor Bedard of the Regina Pats – as well as 15 players from the OHL and six from the QMJHL. Additionally, 32 CHL clubs are represented by at least one player, led by the Seattle Thunderbirds with three, plus six other clubs with multiple representatives including the host Vancouver Giants counting left-wing Samuel Honzek and center Jaden Lipinski.

POS
G
G
G
G
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
LW
C
C
LW
LW
C
C
C
LW
RW
C
C
LW
LW
RW
RW
LW
RW
C
C
C
C
C
RW
NAME
Carson Bjarnason
Scott Ratzlaff
Charlie Robertson
Jackson Unger
Beau Akey
Cameron Allen
Oliver Bonk
Hunter Brzustewicz
Luca Cagnoni
Lukas Dragicevic
Andrew Gibson
Matteo Mann
Tanner Molendyk
Etienne Morin
Caden Price
Jordan Tourigny
Colby Barlow
Connor Bedard
Zach Benson
Mathieu Cataford
Andrew Crystal
Nate Danielson
Ethan Gauthier
Riley Heidt
Samuel Honzek
Nick Lardis
Kalan Lind
Jaden Lipinski
Ethan Miedema
Quentin Musty
Nico Myatovic
Tyler Peddle
Luca Pinelli
Coulson Pitre
Carson Rehkopf
Calum Ritchie
Gracyn Sawchyn
Carey Terrance
Brayden Yager
Cohen Ziemmer
TEAM
Brandon (WHL)
Seattle (WHL)
North Bay (OHL)
Moose Jaw (WHL)
Barrie (OHL)
Guelph (OHL)
London (OHL)
Kitchener (OHL)
Portland (WHL)
Tri-City (WHL)
Followers (OHL)
Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Saskatoon (WHL)
Moncton (QMJHL)
Kelowna (WHL)
Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Owen Sound (OHL)
Regina (WHL)
Winnipeg (WHL)
Halifax (QMJHL)
Kelowna (WHL)
Brandon (WHL)
Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
Prince George (WHL)
Vancouver (WHL)
Peterborough (OHL)
Red Deer (WHL)
Vancouver (WHL)
Windsor (OHL)
Sudbury (OHL)
Seattle (WHL)
Drummondville (QMJHL)
Ottawa (OHL)
Flint (OHL)
Kitchener (OHL)
Oshawa (OHL)
Seattle (WHL)
Erie (OHL)
Moose Jaw (WHL)
Prince George (WHL)
BIRTH DATE
30-Jun-05
9-Mar-05
2-Apr-05
13-Jan-05
11-Feb-05
7-Jan-05
9-Jan-05
29-Nov-04
21-Dec-04
25-Apr-05
13-Feb-05
31-Dec-04
3-Feb-05
9-Mar-05
24-Aug-05
28-Feb-05
14-Feb-05
17-Jul-05
12-May-05
1-Mar-05
4-Feb-05
27-Sep-04
26-Jan-05
25-Mar-05
12-Nov-04
8-Jul-05
25-Jan-05
2-Dec-04
22-Mar-05
6-Jul-05
1-Dec-04
28-Jan-05
5-Apr-05
13-Dec-04
7-Jan-05
21-Jan-05
19-Jan-05
10-May-05
3-Jan-05
8-Dec-04
HOMETOWN
Carberry, Manitoba
Irma, Alberta
London, Ontario
Calgary, Alberta
Waterloo, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario
Washington, Michigan
Burnaby, British Columbia
Richmond, British Columbia
LaSalle, Ontario
Sackville, New Brunswick
McBride, British Columbia
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Victoriaville, Quebec
Orillia, Ontario
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Chilliwack, British Columbia
Saint-Constant, Quebec
Burnaby, British Columbia
Red Deer, Alberta
Phoenix, Arizona
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Trencin, Slovakia
Oakville, Ontario
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
Scottsdale, Arizona
Cobourg, Ontario
Hamburg, New York
Prince George, British Columbia
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Stouffville, Ontario
Vaughan, Ontario
Oakville, Ontario
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Akwesasne, New York
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Mayerthorpe, Alberta

Team rosters and leadership groups for the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be announced at a later date.

With a majority of tickets already sold, fans are encouraged to act quickly to secure their seat to the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Tickets begin at $29.95 plus applicable taxes and fees and are available online, by telephone at 604-882-8800, and in person at the Langley Events Center ticket office (Mon.-Fri., 9 am – 5 pm, Sat.-Sun ., 9 am – 3 pm, and until the end of the first period on Giants game days).

The Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game was last held in Kitchener in March 2022 where Team White defeated Team Red 3-1. Jagger Firkus (Team White/Moose Jaw) and Shane Wright (Team Red/Kingston) were named Players of the Game and were both later selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2022 NHL Draft. In all, 38 players who competed in the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were chosen in the 2022 NHL Draft headlined by Wright at fourth overall.

Since its reintroduction as the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in 1996, the event has featured 15 players who were later selected first overall in the NHL Draft including Alexis Lafreniere (2020), Nico Hischier (2017), Connor McDavid (2015), Aaron Ekblad (2014), Nathan MacKinnon (2013), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), Taylor Hall (2010), John Tavares (2009), Steven Stamkos (2008), Patrick Kane (2007), Marc-Andre Fleury (2003) , Rick Nash (2002), Vincent Lecavalier (1998), Joe Thornton (1997), and Chris Phillips (1996).

With more than 1,300 players competing for 60 teams across Canada and the United States, the CHL is home to the NHL stars of tomorrow with live game action available on CHL TV, accessible via the CHL App, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and online. The 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game airs live from the Langley Events Center on TSN, TSN.ca, the TSN App, and RDS on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 at 7 pm Pacific.

Media Accreditation
The Canadian Hockey League invites media to submit their credential application to the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, taking place January 25, 2023 at the Langley Events Centre. Media who wish to attend must complete an application no later than January 18, 2023. Any previously issued CHL, NHL, or team media/photo credentials are not valid for this event.

Giants Media Availability
The Vancouver Giants will host a media availability on Monday, December 12 at the Langley Events Center for local media that is available to attend. Celebrity Coaches for the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game – Henrik and Daniel Sedin – along with Giants head coach Michael Dyck will be available to the media, beginning shortly after 11 am Pacific and hosted by Brook Ward. Triple O’s lunch will be provided to attending media.

DATE: Monday, December 12, 2022
TIME: 11 am Pacific (Doors open at 10:45 am Please enter through Gate 3)
LOCATION: Langley Events Centre, Banquet Hall (7888 200 St.)
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance to [email protected] or [email protected]

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