Some of the best young hockey players in the country will converge on Mississauga later this month for the Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Game.
Port Credit Memorial Arena is the location for the contest that will pit the top players from the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) against each other in a East vs. West match-up. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23.
Forty players have already been selected from teams such as the Oakville Blades, North York Rangers, Flin Flon Bombers and Chilliwack Chiefs, and they are considered to be top prospects according to National Hockey League (NHL) central scouting rankings. The game allows scouts from around the NHL to watch and evaluate the players before the amateur draft takes place this spring.
CJHL leagues are considered to be the second tier of junior hockey, just below the Canadian Hockey League (where the Mississauga Steelheads play, in the Ontario Hockey League). Still, several CJHL players have been drafted directly into the NHL and enjoyed lengthy careers, such as Brett Hull, Al MacAdam, Chris Chelios, Ray Ferraro and Anson Carter.
Tickets for the game, priced at $10, are available through the Mississauga Chargers, hosts of this year’s showcase.
Photo courtesy of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.