In partnership with Kubota Canada, the Canadian Hockey League is unveiling an 11-part series recounting past CHL/NHL Top Prospects Games, reminiscing about the most memorable moments and highlighting those players who went on to successful NHL careers. The Top Prospects Memories series also features the rebroadcast of showcase games from 2010-20 streaming here between September 10 and October 5.
The dynamic duo of Tyson Foerster and Connor Zary led Team White to victory at the 2020 Top Prospects Game in Hamilton.
Finding instant chemistry, the OHL and WHL forwards connected early in the middle frame to even the score at two before Foerster notched his second consecutive goal assisted by Zary less than eight minutes later as part of four unanswered tallies en route to a 5-3 win.
Foerster, who wrapped up the night with three points and Player of the Game honours for his side, was matched on the scoresheet by Zary who collected a trio of assists. The pair were among four players to finish with multi-point efforts alongside Team White teammate Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit) as well as Jeremie Poirier (Saint John Sea Dogs) of Team Red, both of whom added one goal and one assist.
For the opposition, Moose Jaw Warriors netminder Brock Gould played all three periods following a pre-game injury to Guelph Storm goaltender Nico Daws and impressed in coming up with 27 stops, just two short of the event record set in 1997 by Roberto Luongo of the Val-d’Or Foreurs.
Up front, Ottawa 67’s sniper Jack Quinn concluded the contest with an impressive tally to claim Player of the Game recognition for Team Red following a doorstep goal that drew assists from OHL counterpart Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting) as well as 67’s teammate Marco Rossi.
Captaining the two squads were Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic) and Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves), who rank first and second, respectively, among North American skaters ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft.
2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rankings:
1. Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)
2. Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
5. Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
6. Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
7. Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s)
10. Dawson Mercer (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
11. Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks)
14. Ridly Greig (Brandon Wheat Kings)
15. Connor Zary (Kamloops Blazers)
17. Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
19. Ozzy Wiesblatt (Prince Albert Raiders)
21. Tyson Foerster (Barrie Colts)
22. Mavrik Bourque (Shawinigan Cataractes)
23. Justin Sourdif (Vancouver Giants)
26. Jake Neighbours (Edmonton Oil Kings)
33. Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)
34. Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires)
35. Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
38. Jack Finley (Spokane Chiefs)
39. Luke Evangelista (London Knights)
46. Jaromir Pytlik (Soo Greyhounds)
48. Vasily Ponomarev (Shawinigan Cataractes)
55. Ryan Francis (Cape Breton Eagles)
56. Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
3. Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
8. Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders)
9. Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings)
18. Jeremie Poirier (Saint John Sea Dogs)
27. Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)
32. Lukas Cormier (Charlottetown Islanders)
59. Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers)
60. Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)
63. Christoffer Sedoff (Red Deer Rebels)
74. Thimo Nickl (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
76. Kasper Puutio (Everett Silvertips)
130. Luke Prokop (Calgary Hitmen)
1. Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
3. Samuel Hlavaj (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
6. Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers)
9. Brock Gould (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Projected first round picks Hendrix Lapierre (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) ranked 13th, Justin Barron (Halifax Mooseheads) ranked 16th, and Daemon Hunt (Moose Jaw Warriors) ranked 25th were all selected for the game but unable to compete due to injury.