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League announces rosters for 2023 Top Prospects Game

The BCHL has announced the two rosters for the league’s 2023 Top Prospects Game Friday, Jan. 20 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, B.C.

40 of the BCHL’s top NHL draft-eligible players, split into two teams, will compete against each other for 60 minutes to determine a winner in front of fans, pro scouts and NCAA coaches.

The rosters consist of players already chosen for the 60th Anniversary All-Star Tournament, selections by NHL Central Scouting and players chosen by B.C.-based NHL scouts.

2002-born players are not included since they are no longer draft eligible, while players already drafted by NHL teams were not considered either.

In addition to the game, an on-ice combine will be held on Thursday night with off-ice testing scheduled for Friday morning.

The rosters are split between Team West and Team East.

Team West

Pos. Name Team NCAA School
G Oliver Auyeung-Ashton Victoria Grizzlies
G Eli Pulver Surrey Eagles
D Aaron Brown Cowichan Valley Capitals Quinnipiac
D Jason Gallucci Coquitlam Express Penn State
D Ethan Mistry Nanaimo Clippers Brown
D Hoyt Stanley* Victoria Grizzlies Cornell
D Tate Taylor Surrey Eagles Clarkson
D Jax Wismer Alberni Valley Bulldogs Connecticut
F Coco Armstrong Coquitlam Express
F Raoul Boilard Alberni Valley Bulldogs Nebraska-Omaha
F Jake Bongo Surrey Eagles Sacred Heart
F Ethan Bono Alberni Valley Bulldogs Merrimack
F Mirko Buttazzoni  Coquitlam Express Clarkson
F Kai Daniells Nanaimo Clippers
F Ryden Evers Surrey Eagles Nebraska-Omaha
F Diego Johnson Merritt Centennials Wisconsin
F Jackson Krill Merritt Centennials
F AJ Lacroix* Chilliwack Chiefs Michigan State
F Vitaly Levyy Langley Rivermen Sacred Heart
F Karter McNarland Powell River Kings Alaska-Anchorage

Team East

Pos. Name Team NCAA School
G Justin Katz West Kelowna Warriors Cornell
G Carter Richardson* Salmon Arm Silverbacks
D Dylan Compton* Vernon Vipers Northeastern
D David Hejduk Wenatchee Wild Harvard
D Ryan Hopkins Penticton Vees Maine
D Gabriel Guilbault Penticton Vees
D Lukas McCloskey Wenatchee Wild
D Brady Smith* Trail Smoke Eaters Connecticut
F Owen Beckner* Salmon Arm Silverbacks Colorado
F Donovan Frias* Cranbrook Bucks Yale
F Jaxon Fuder Cranbrook Bucks
F Hiroki Gojsic Penticton Vees
F Nathan Mackie Salmon Arm Silverbacks Michigan State
F Reagan Milburn Vernon Vipers Lake Superior
F Jaiden Moriello West Kelowna Warriors UMass-Lowell
F Bradly Nadeau* Penticton Vees Maine
F Josh Nadeau Penticton Vees Maine
F Luca Primerano Prince George Spruce Kings New Hampshire
F Jack Silich Cranbrook Bucks
F Aydar Suniev* Penticton Vees Massachusetts

*Players on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch list from October.

Nanaimo Clippers head coach Colin Birkas will be behind the bench for Team West, while Penticton Vees head coach Fred Harbinson will man the Team East bench.

The head coaches were determined by which team is leading their conference standings.

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