Edmonton, AB – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the coaches that will be behind the benches for the 2008 Home Hardware CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta on January 22 and 23.
Former Edmonton Oilers’ greats Grant Fuhr and Glenn Anderson will coach the home team (Team White) along with Don Nachbaur, head coach of the Tri City Americans while former Calgary Flames’ greats Lanny McDonald and Mike Vernon will coach the visiting team (Team Red) along with Calgary Hitmen coach/GM Kelly Kisio.
After graduating from a stellar career with the Victoria Cougars in the Western Hockey League, Fuhr went on to become one of the National Hockey League’s all-time great goalies. He backstopped the Edmonton Oilers to five Stanley Cup championships in a 10-year period. He also backed Canada to a pair of Canada Cup championships and finished his career with the Flames in 2000 where he became just the sixth goalie in NHL history to amass 400 wins. The Spruce Grove, Alberta native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
After a brief appearance with the Seattle Breakers in the WHL and then Canada’s national squad, Anderson embarked on a standout NHL career that included five Stanley Cup championships with the Oilers and one with the New York Rangers. He scored 498 goals and 1,099 points in 1,129 NHL games with the Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Rangers and St. Louis Blues. The Burnaby, BC native returned to Edmonton for a brief stint with the Oilers in 1995-96 – his final NHL season.
After helping the Medicine Hat Tigers advance to the Memorial Cup in 1973, McDonald was the fourth overall pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Hanna, Alberta native was the captain of the Flames when they won the Stanley Cup in 1989. He scored in the championship-clinching game against the Montreal Canadiens, his last game in the NHL. McDonald scored 500 goals and 1,006 points in 1,111 games with the Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies and Flames. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.
Vernon played three seasons with the Calgary Wranglers in the WHL and appeared in the Memorial Cup as an emergency back-up for the Portland Winter Hawks twice. He also backstopped Canada’s World Junior team in 1983 before making his debut with the Flames the following season. He backstopped the Flames to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1989, posting three shutouts in their playoff run. He also backed the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 1997, winning all 16 games and the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP. The Calgary native’s career came full circle when he rejoined the Flames for two seasons before retiring in 2002.
The 2008 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is the annual showcase of the top draft eligible players from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and features the next wave of future NHL stars from across the Canadian Hockey League. The two-day event will feature the annual Top Prospects game, as well as a thrilling skills competition where players can show-off their individual abilities for fans and scouts alike.
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