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Trio of California connections named to 2017 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game


The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced the 40 players that will compete in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

The 40 CHL players competing in the game were chosen by all 30 NHL clubs and divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting. This season’s event marks the 22nd annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL Draft eligible players featuring talent from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

Three players with California connections have been selected for the game, including Los Angeles Jr. Kings graduate Kailer Yamamoto (Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs), Ivan Lodnia (Anaheim native, Wildcats Hockey Club, Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters) and Sasha Chmelevski (Huntington Beach, Wildcats, OHL’s Ottawa 67’s).

“The Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is one of the highlights of the hockey season and a truly special experience for players from across the CHL,” said CHL president David Branch. “Since 1996, this event has annually featured the next wave of NHL talent showcasing their skills before hundreds of NHL scouts and general managers. We look forward to January 30 with 40 of the top CHL players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft competing before the passionate hockey fans in Quebec City and to CHL fans across Canada watching live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.”

Lodnia photo/CHL Images

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