Wednesday, January 20, 2010

PRE-GAME: 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Game Day
2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
Team Orr vs Team Cherry
Tonight, January 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm
WFCU Centre, Windsor, Ont.

Team Red: Team Cherry
QMJHL Players: Louis-Marc Aubry/Montreal Juniors, Jakub Culek/Rimouski Oceanic, Stanislav Galiev/Saint John Sea Dogs, Kirill Kabanov/Moncton Wildcats (Injured), Maxime Clermont*/Gatineau Olympiques
Louis-Marc Aubry/Montreal Juniors (QMJHL)
Jakub Culek/Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Emerson Etem/Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Stanislav Galiev/Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Taylor Hall*/Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Ryan Johansen/Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Devante Smith-Pelly/Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (OHL)
Brad Ross/Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Ryan Spooner/Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Austin Watson/Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Jordan Weal/Regina Pats (WHL)
Andrew Yogan/Erie Otters (OHL)
Brandon Archibald/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
Brock Beukeboom/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
Cam Fowler/Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Austin Madaisky/Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Alexander Petrovic/Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Troy Rutkowski/Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Maxime Clermont*/Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
Calvin Pickard*/Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Injured Players (will not play):
Curtis Hamilton*/Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Kirill Kabanov/Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Ivan Telegin*/Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Erik Gudbranson* /Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Coaching Staff:
Head Coach : Don Cherry
Assistant Coach : Brian Kilrea (Ottawa 67’s)
Assistant Coach : Bert O’Brien (Ottawa 67’s)
Trainer: Andy Brown (Owen Sound Attack)
Equipment Manager: Russ Hammond (Guelph Storm)

Team White: Team Orr
QMJHL Players: Michael Bournival*/Shawinigan Cataractes, Petr Straka/Rimouski Oceanic, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc/Rouyn Noranda Huskies, Brandon Gormley*/Moncton Wildcats, Louis Domingue*/Quebec Remparts
Alexander Burmistrov*/Barrie Colts (OHL)
Michael Bournival*/Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Joey Hishon Owen/Sound Attack (OHL)
Quinton Howden* /Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Ryan Martindale/Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
John McFarland*/Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Nino Niederreiter/Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Tyler Seguin*/Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Steven Shipley*/Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Jeff Skinner*/Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Petr Straka/Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Tyler Toffoli*/Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Jerome Gauthier-Leduc/Rouyn Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Brandon Gormley*/Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Matt MacKenzie/Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Dylan McIlrath/Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Mark Pysyk*/Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Stephen Silas*/Belleville Bulls (OHL)
Louis Domingue*/Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Mark Visentin/Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Injured (will not play):
Brett Connolly*/Prince George Cougars (WHL)
Coaching Staff:
Head Coach : Bobby Orr
Assistant Coach: Bob Boughner (Windsor Spitfires)
Trainer: Joey Garland (Windsor Spitfires)
Equipment Manager: Tyson Tatomir (Windsor Spitfires)

*Indicates that the player played in the 2009 Subway Super Series

Referees: Dave Lewis and TJ Luxmore
Linesmen: Jesse Wilmot and Jordan Browne

Past Saint John Sea Dogs to play in the Top Prospects Game include defensemen Yann Sauvé, Simon Després, and David Stich as well as goaltender Robert Mayer.

Sauvé is thus far the lone Sea Dog to have been on the winning side of the contest, winning with Team Red in 2008. His participation in the event is one of the most memorable moments in franchise history. He dropped the gloves with 2008 first round pick Steven Stamkos when the event was held in Edmonton.

“It’s no surprise when you are playing with the best players in the Canadian Hockey League,” said Stamkos, who had a goal and an assist to go along with a fighting major in the closing minutes of the game. “The pace was unbelievable.”

Sauve had one assist in the game.

If you read Station Nation earlier this season, you’ll know of the curse Stanislav Galiev is trying to break. He is looking to become the first Sea Dog import to play in the game and get drafted in the same year.

Galiev is also the first Sea Dog forward to play in the event.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is well represented this year. QMJHL products in this game are goaltenders Louis Domingue (Quebec) and Maxime Clermont (Gatineau), defencemen Brandon Gormley (Moncton) and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (Rouyn-Noranda) and forwards Louis- Marc Aubry (Montreal), Jakub Culek (Rimouski), Stanislav Galiev (Saint John), Michael Bournival (Shawinigan) and Petr Straka (Rimouski).

"It's an honour to be here and it's a real exciting opportunity for all the players to be here," said Moncton Wildcat Brandon Gormley, a 17-year-old from Murray River, PEI. "You grow up watching this game and seeing all the players that (played in the game before) - it's a real honour to be here."

"I was pretty excited to get named to his team” said Gormley, who has six goals and 29 points in 40 games with the Wildcats this season. "Either coach would be a dream come true to meet them but especially Bobby Orr with me being a defenceman - it's great to be here and it’s great to have him as a coach."

WFCU Centre
Tenant: Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Capacity: 6,500
Arena Guide:

Rogers Sportsnet, RDS, NHL Network (US)
Radio: The Fan 590 (Toronto), CKLW 800 AM (Windsor), WSDP 88.1 FM (Plymouth)
Post-Game Coverage: Windsor Star,, Station Nation
Post-Game Highlights:, Sportsnet Connected, SportsCentre

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