Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals will compete for Team Cherry at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game which takes place on Wednesday January 16 at the Halifax Metro Centre.
A 17-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, Cassels is playing in his second OHL season after being chosen 16th overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. Ranked 13th among OHL skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their Preliminary Draft Rankings in the Fall, he has 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points in 39 games so far this season.
Cassels replaces William Carrier of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles who is unable to compete due to injury.
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.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased through Ticket Atlantic or by calling 902-451-1221.
For more information about the event please visit www.homehardwaretopprospects.ca.
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100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country’s largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes close to 1,100 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware’s independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as Canada’s best-trained Dealer group, have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware’s network to provide their local communities with top quality products and services at competitive prices.