Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with Sportsnet, the Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Club, and Home Hardware Stores Limited, today announced the Assistant Coaches for the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to be played January 16 at the Halifax Metro Centre.
As announced today on HOCKEY CENTRAL @ Noon, Sportsnet’s popular hockey analysts Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean are taking their grudges away from the broadcast studio and are bringing them behind the bench when they go head-to-head at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Former NHL player and Stanley Cup champion Kypreos will be assisting former Jack Adams winner and head coach Don Cherry as a part of Team Cherry, while MacLean, a former NHL head coach and general manager, will join Team Orr led by head coach and former Stanley Cup champion Mike McPhee.
Behind the bench for Team Cherry will also be Hockey Hall of Fame member Brian Kilrea and his long-time Ottawa 67’s assistant Bert O’Brien. Kilrea won a CHL record 1,193 games in 32 years with the 67’s capturing MasterCard Memorial Cup titles in 1984 and 1999. O’Brien coached alongside Kilrea for 23 seasons retiring in 2009, the same year he received the OHL’s Bill Long Award for Distinguished Service. Joining McPhee and MacLean on Team Orr will also be Halifax Mooseheads Head Coach Dominique Ducharme. In his second season behind the Mooseheads’ bench, Ducharme’s club is first in the QMJHL standings with a record of 28-3-1-1 through 33 games.
In addition, support staffs for the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will include Athletic Therapist Graham Black of the Moncton Wildcats and Equipment Manager Pat Villeneuve of the Victoriaville Tigres joining Team Cherry, while Athletic Therapist Diane Ouimet and Equipment Manager Chris MacDonald both of the host Mooseheads will work with Team Orr.
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.
About Home Hardware Stores Limited
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.