December 1st, 2009 - The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced today the roster for Team West at the 2009 CJHL Prospects Event. Winkler, Manitoba will host the 5th Annual CJHL Prospects Event from December 7th – 9th, 2009.
Team West includes players from the CJHL's five Western leagues, including 8 players from the BCHL, 5 AJHL players, 4 SJHL players, 3 MJHL players, and 1 player from the SIJHL. Player selection is a joint initiative of the CJHL and NHL Central Scouting. Team East and Team West will each consist of two goaltenders, six defensemen and twelve forwards.
The CJHL Prospects Game was created to showcase the top 40 NHL draft eligible players in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. In October 2009, 27 players from the Canadian Junior Hockey League were recognized on the NHL Central Scouting "Players to Watch" List for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Ten players on the Team West roster and nine from Team East were amongst those identified.
The CJHL Prospects Game will see players from the CJHL's five Western leagues, the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Hockey League (MJHL) and the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) compete against the best players from the CJHL'S Eastern leagues, the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Junior A Hockey League (OJAHL), Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL), Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL), Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA du Quebec (LHJAAAQ), and the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MJAHL).
SAM BRITTAIN* CANMORE EAGLES AJHL
SEAN BONAR PENTICTON VEES BCHL
PETER STOYKEWYCH WINNIPEG SOUTH BLUES MJHL
LEE CHRISTENSEN* MELFORT MUSTANGS SJHL
TIM DALY* LANGLEY CHIEFS BCHL
CRAIG BOKENFOHR* CAMROSE KODIAKS AJHL
JOEY LALEGGIA PENTICTON VEES BCHL
NICK AMIES COWICHAN VALLEY CAPITALS BCHL
BEN GALLACHER*+ CAMROSE KODIAKS AJHL
GRAYSON DOWNING* WESTSIDE WARRIORS BCHL
BRENDAN O’DONNELL WINNIPEG SOUTH BLUES MJHL
CLARKE BREITKREUZ* YORKTON TERRIERS SJHL
DANIEL CARR* ST. ALBERT STEEL AJHL
ANDREW JOHNSON* FLIN FLON BOMBERS SJHL
TREVOR CAMERON NOTRE DAME HOUNDS SJHL
BEAU BENNETT* PENTICTON VEES BCHL
CARSON COOPER SPRUCE GROVE SAINTS AJHL
BRAYDEN JAW NANAIMO CLIPPERS BCHL
DYLAN WALCHUK VERNON VIPERS BCHL
JORDAN NEDUZAK WINKLER FLYERS MJHL
CODY FRASER FORT WILLIAM NORTH STARS SIJHL
* NHL Central Scouting Watch List
+ Unable to participate due to injury
For the first time, the CJHL Prospects Teams will play a two-game series. The event has become popular for local area hockey fans and scouts from the NHL and Canadian and American colleges and universities. Team East and Team West have each won two games in the four year history of the event:
· 2008 - Team East defeated Team West 6-3 in Summerside, PEI
· 2007 - Team East defeated Team West 5-3 in Winkler, Manitoba
· 2006 - Team West defeated Team East 6-2 in Vernon, British Columbia
· 2005 - Team West defeated Team East 5-4 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan
The roster for Team East was announced on Monday and is available at www.cjhlhockey.com.
CJHL Prospects Game #1 will be played on Tuesday, December 8th at 1:00 PM, followed by CJHL Prospects Game #2 on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:30 PM. Games will be played at the Winkler Arena. Tickets are available for only $10.00.
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)