The BC Hockey League (BCHL) has added another element to its 60th Anniversary All-Star Weekend in January with the announcement of the BCHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 14.
40 BCHL athletes will be chosen to participate in the game on the Friday night of the event. Players listed by NHL Central Scouting as draft prospects will receive automatic entry, while the remainder of the rosters will be filled out by current and future draft prospects, including elite 16-year-olds.
Players will be selected through a vote by B.C.-based amateur scouts.
“This addition to our 60th Anniversary event gives our athletes the chance to showcase their skills in front of NHL scouts, as well as NCAA coaches, while competing against the top players in our league,” said BCHL Deputy Commissioner Steven Cocker. “This weekend is a celebration of our league’s past as well as its present, but the Top Prospects game is a chance for us to also celebrate its future.”
While the All-Star Game will take place at a newly built outdoor rink in Downtown Penticton, the Top Prospects Game will be played on regulation-sized ice at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Players will also participate in an off-ice and on-ice combine prior to the game.
Rosters for the game will be announced in December.