December 12, 2012 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings
Toronto, ON - The Canadian Hockey League in association with the three regional leagues, the Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Club, and Home Hardware Stores Limited, have announced the 40 CHL players that include two members of the Brandon Wheat Kings that will compete in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Halifax Metro Centre on January 16, 2013.
The 40 CHL players competing in the game were chosen by the 30 NHL clubs then divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting and include 14 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 14 players from the Western Hockey League, and 12 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Representing the Wheat Kings' at the annual event will be defencemen Eric Roy and Ryan Pulock.
An 18-year old native of Grandview, Manitoba, Pulock is expected to be a first round selection in June's NHL Entry Draft. A former seventh round pick of the Wheat Kings in the 2009 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, Pulock is in his third season with the club and his first as captain.
Entering Friday night's game against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors, Pulock is second on the team in scoring with ten goals and 28 points in 27 games. His 28 points leave him tied with Portland's Seth Jones and Morgan Reilly of the Moose Jaw Warriors for third place in scoring among WHL blueliners. As well, the 6'1" 205 lb. Pulock leads the Wheat Kings with an impressive +11 plus / minus rating.
In 162 career games with the Wheat Kings, the former Parkland AAA Midget Ranger has 131 points, including 37 goals.
A former first round selection (18th overall) in 2009, Roy is one of only two Wheat Kings to dress for all 33 regular season games this season. The 6'3" 190 lb Beauval, Saskatchewan product has six goals and 19 points this season.
Roy, who finished among the league's top scoring defencemen last season with eleven goals and 53 points currently has 21 goals and 91 points in 151 career WHL games.
Pulock is one of two Manitobans and fourteen Western Leaguers invited. The other is Winnipeg's Madison Bowey of the Kelowna Rockets.
This marks the first time in two years that the Wheat Kings will be represented at the Top Prospects Game. Former Brandon goalkeeper Liam Liston attended the 2011 game. The last time that the Wheat Kings had two players attend was in 2009 when linemates Brayden Schenn and Scott Glennie made the trip. Five months later, Schenn and Glennie went 5th and 8th overall to Los Angeles and Dallas respectively in the NHL Entry Draft.
27 of the CHL's 60 member clubs are represented in this game featuring three players on the host Mooseheads including Team Cherry captain Nathan MacKinnon alongside Jonathan Drouin, and goaltender Zachary Fucale. Team Orr captain Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks will also be joined by a pair of teammates including forwards Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nicolas Petan. The London Knights and Quebec Remparts also have a trio of players competing on Team Orr with forwards Max Domi, Bo Horvat, and defenceman Nikita Zadorov representing the Knights, while forwards Anthony Duclair, Adam Erne, and Nick Sorensen represent the Remparts.
2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters (WHL Players bold/red):
Head Coach - Don Cherry
Zachary Fucale (Halifax Mooseheads)
Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Samuel Morin (Rimouski Oceanic)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)
Mirco Mueller (Everett Silvertips)
Darnell Nurse "A" (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Eric Roy (Brandon Wheat Kings)
William Carrier (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Jason Dickinson (Guelph Storm)
Jonathan Drouin "A" (Halifax Mooseheads)
Frederik Gauthier (Rimouski Oceanic)
Stephen Harper (Erie Otters)
Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers)
Morgan Klimchuk (Regina Pats)
Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nathan MacKinnon "C" (Halifax Mooseheads)
Anthony Mantha (Val-d'Or Foreurs)
Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound Attack)
Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Head Coach - Mike McPhee
Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans)
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack)
Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Seth Jones "C" (Portland Winterhawks)
Jan Kostalek (Rimouski Oceanic)
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights)
Justin Bailey (Kitchener Rangers)
Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks)
Max Domi (London Knights)
Anthony Duclair (Quebec Remparts)
Adam Erne (Quebec Remparts)
Bo Horvat (London Knights)
Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Sean Monahan "A" (Ottawa 67's)
Nicolas Petan (Portland Winterhawks)
Kerby Rychel (Windsor Spitfires)
Hunter Shinkaruk "A" (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Nick Sorensen (Quebec Remparts)
"Home Hardware congratulates the 40 players selected for the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game," said Paul Straus, President and CEO of Home Hardware Stores Limited. "This year marks the 18th annual showcase of the CHL's top-40 NHL draft eligible players and it continues to be an event that Home Hardware is proud to support. These young players represent communities across the country, and like Home Hardware, they and the sport of hockey are truly a part of the fabric of Canada. On behalf of the Dealer-Owners of close to 1,100 Home Hardware stores in communities across Canada, I would like to wish this year's players the very best of luck."
Last season's game in Kelowna, BC, featured 10 players that were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft including Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips who was selected second overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 10 players that were selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Chris Phillips, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Home Hardware for the 14th straight year, along with associate sponsors Bank of Montreal, Subway, Old Dutch, and Post. The game will be broadcast live to a national audience on Sportsnet and TVA Sports beginning at 8:00 pm Atlantic.
For more information about the event please visit www.homehardwaretopprospects.ca.
Roy, Pulock and the Wheat Kings will be hoping to get back on the winning track Friday night when they kick off a busy 3-game weekend against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. All fans attending the game will receive a full color 2013 Wheat Kings' Calendar Poster, compliments of McDonalds Restaurants and The Brandon Sun.
Tickets to Friday's game are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com.