Oshawa, ON – The Canadian Hockey League announced on Thursday that Chiefs Jared Cowen and Levko Koper will participate in the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game hosted by the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.


The event will showcase 40 of the top CHL players eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft beginning with a skills competition on Tuesday January 13, 2009, with the game taking place Wednesday January 14, 2009, at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.


The rosters, which are selected by the 30 NHL General Managers and NHL Central Scouting, include two players that will be representing Canada at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships.  John Tavares from the Oshawa Generals and Ryan Ellis from the Windsor Spitfires will be striving for gold prior to this showcase in January. 


Cowen and Koper are the 11th and 12th Chiefs all-time to participate in the Top Prospects game and they will make it four years in a row that Spokane has been represented in the game. 


Ty Jones, Brad Ference and Derek Schutz played in 1997, Kyle Rossiter in 1998, Jeff Lucky in 2001, Brad Schell in 2002, Michael Grabner and Kevin Armstrong in 2006, Drayson Bowman in 2007 and Mitch Wahl in 2008.  Nine of the participants were selected the following summer in the NHL Entry Draft including three first round picks (Ference, Jones-1997, Grabner-2006).  After playing in last year’s game, Wahl was selected in the second round by the Calgary Flames.


Cowen is the top prospect in the WHL as named by NHL Central Scouting in their preliminary draft rankings released in November.  Evander Kane of the Vancouver Giants is ranked second and will also play in the game.  Simon Després of the Saint John Sea Dogs and Dimitry Kulikov of the Drummondville Voltigeurs represent the top two participating QMJHL prospects.


The 2008 event held in Edmonton, Alberta, featured 20 players that were selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft including Steven Stamkos who was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Michael Del Zotto of the Oshawa Generals also participated in the game before being selected in the first round, 20th overall by the New York Rangers.  NHL stars such as Patrick Kane, Dion Phaneuf, Roberto Luongo, Patrick Marleau, Scott Gomez, and Marc-Andre Fleury all participated in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.


Home Hardware continues as the title sponsor of the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game for the tenth straight year.  Associate sponsors include ADT, Boston Pizza, Bank of Montreal, and CCM/RBK.  The game will be broadcast nationally live on Rogers Sportsnet and RDS.


The following are the rosters for the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game:


Team # 1

Forwards (12)                 



CHL Club



Ryan O’Reilly

Erie Otters (OHL)


Brayden Schenn

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Peter Holland

Guelph Storm (OHL)


Scott Glennie

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Michael Latta

Guelph Storm (OHL)


Taylor Beck

Guelph Storm (OHL)


Cody Eakin

Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

Tomas Vincour

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

Levko Koper

Spokane Chiefs (WHL)

David Gilbert

Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

Philippe Paradis

Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

John Tavares

Oshawa Generals (OHL)





Defencemen (6)

CHL Club



Jared Cowen

Spokane Chiefs (WHL)

Brayden McNabb

Kootenay Ice (WHL)


Tommi Kivisto

Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Ryan Ellis

Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

Charles-Olivier Roussel

Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

Calvin de Haan

Oshawa Generals (OHL)





Goaltenders (2)

CHL Club



Olivier Roy

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

Scott Stajcer

Owen Sound Attack (OHL)


Team # 2
Forwards (12)

CHL Club

Matt Duchene

Brampton Battalion (OHL)

Alex Hutchings

Barrie Colts (OHL)

Andrej Nestrasil

Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)

Landon Ferraro

Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Zack Kassian

Peterborough Petes (OHL)

Carter Ashton

Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

Evander Kane

Vancouver Giants (WHL)

Jimmy Bubnick

Kamloops Blazers (WHL)

Ethan Werek

Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

Jordan Caron

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

Michal Hlinka

Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

Nazem Kadri

London Knights (OHL)



Defencemen (6)

CHL Club

Taylor Doherty

Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

Stefan Elliott

Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

Tyson Barrie

Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

Dmitry Kulikov

Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

Éric Gélinas

Lewsiton MAINEiacs (QMJHL)

Simon Després

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)



Goaltenders (2)

CHL Club


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