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Media invited to arrange accreditation for CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game

CHL media members are invited to attend the seventh annual CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, which takes place Thursday, January 31 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Attached to today&rsqou;s CHL Daily News is the form to ensure accreditation for this year&rsqou;s game, which features the top 40 CHL prospects for the 2002 NHL Entry draft, as identified by the National Hockey League&rsqou;s Central Scouting Bureau. Media members who have not yet applied for accreditation for the game should do so immediately.

Media members interested in covering the game should complete and return the form below to the CHL office as soon as possible or contact the Saskatoon Blades directly at 306-975-8844.

HOME HARDWARE TOP PROSPECTS GAME PRESS CONFERENCE SET FOR MONDAY

Media members are invited to take part in a press conference this Monday to announce the players that will participate in the seventh annual CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects game, which takes place January 31 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The press conference takes place Monday, Jan. 7 in Saskatoon, at which time the complete rosters for the two teams will be announced. This year&rsqou;s teams will be coached by Hockey Night in Canada commentator and former NHL and WHL star Kelly Hrudey, and by Dave “Tiger” Williams, another former WHL and NHL star. The game features the top 40 CHL prospects as identified by the National Hockey League&rsqou;s Central Scouting Bureau for this June&rsqou;s NHL Draft.

Local media in Saskatoon can obtain accreditation by contacting the Saskatoon Blades office. National media can participate via conference call as well, with the press conference starting at 1 p.m. (local time) and 2 p.m. (ET) from Saskatchewan Place. Media members must register for the conference call and may do so by calling Meg Barham at the CHL office at 416-332-9711, ext. 326, any time prior to Monday at 10 a.m.

Several players and the organizing team of the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game will be in attendance and will be available for interviews after the formal announcement.

CHL BANK OF MONTREAL MASTER CARD TOP 10 RESUMES MONDAY, PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON TUESDAY

The Canadian Hockey League&rsqou;s Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 will resume once again on Monday, Jan. 7.

The weekly rankings are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. The last set of rankings were released just prior to Christmas and can be found at the CHL&rsqou;s official website, www.chl.ca, under “Top 10.” The Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were ranked number one, followed by the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League and the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League.

Inside the CHL, the audio show featuring information from around the CHL, will be produced every second Friday for the rest of the CHL season starting again on January 11. The show can be listened to at the CHL site and is also heard on intermissions during junior hockey radio broadcasts throughout the country. The next edition of Inside the CHL will have a look ahead at the upcoming Hershey Cup for the CHL All-Star Series, which begins Jan. 16 in Ottawa.

The CHL Player of the Week begins again on Jan. 8. In every Tuesday edition of the CHL Daily News, the CHL selects a player of the week from amongst the top weekly winners in the QMJHL, the WHL and the OHL. Also on Jan. 8, the CHL will announce its Player of the Month for December, 2001.

For all the latest news on the CHL, visit the league&rsqou;s official website at www.chl.ca.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are seven games on the Friday night WHL schedule. Portland is at Kootenay, Kelowna is at Vancouver, Red Deer (9) plays at Brandon, Seattle is at Prince George (3), Lethbridge is at Saskatoon, Medicine Hat travels to Swift Current and Moose Jaw is at Tri-City.

There were no games Thursday night in the WHL.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are nine games on the busy Friday night OHL schedule. North Bay is at Barrie (5), Toronto St. Michael&rsqou;s plays in Erie, Plymouth (2) plays at Guelph (10), Owen Sound travels to Kingston, Brampton plays in Kitchener, Oshawa travels to London, Mississauga plays at Ottawa, Sarnia visits Sault Ste. Marie (7) and Windsor is at Sudbury.

In the OHL on Thursday night, the Peterborough Petes downed the Belleville Bulls 5-1 while the Sarnia Sting blanked the London Knights 3-0.

At Peterborough, Matt Armstrong scored three consecutive goals to lead the Petes to their win. Eric Staal contributed three assists to the winners attack while Andre Deveaux scored the lone Belleville goal. Cody Spicer made 34 saves in goal for the winners.

At Sarnia, Dusty Jamieson scored a pair of goals to lead the Sting to its win. Robert Gherson stopped all 22 shots he faced to pick up the shutout before 4,444 fans.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are five games in the QMJHL on Friday night. Montreal visits Halifax (8), Shawinigan (4) plays in Baie-Comeau, Rimouski is at Quebec, Val-d&rsqou;Or is in Drummondville and Rouyn-Noranda plays at Victoriaville.

There were four games in the QMJHL Thursday night. Shawinigan (4) defeated Chicoutimi 3-1, Acadie-Bathurst (1) stopped Halifax 4-2, Montreal defeated Moncton 5-2 and Hull stopped Rouyn-Noranda 5-4.

At Chicoutimi, David Chicoine, Zbynek Michalek and Jean-Francois Dufort scored the goals to lead the fourth-ranked Cataractes to their win. Guillaume Lavallee made 27 saves in goal for the winners while Alexandre Blackburn had the lone Chicoutimi goal.

At Halifax, Olivier Fillion had one goal and three assists to lead the top-ranked Titan to its win. Karl Fournier had a hat trick for the winners, while Adam Russo made 29 saves in goal. Randy Upshall and Conor McGuire scored the goals for the Mooseheads.

At Moncton, Brett Lutes scored twice to lead the Rocket to its win. Hugo Lehoux added two assists to the Montreal attack while Jonathan Cayer made 26 saves in goal. Francois Caron and Martin Frolik scored the goals for Moncton.

At Hull, Jonathan Labelle, Roberto Bissonnette and Maxime Talbot all had one goal and one assist to lead the Olympiques. Michael Dilorenzo made 33 saves in goal for the winners. Marc-Andre Binette had three assists for the losers, while Sebastien Strozynski had one goal and one assist.

For complete QMJHL summaries, statistics and standings, visit the official QMJHL website.

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