Martin and Honka to skate for Team Orr in Top Prospects Game
Swift Current Broncos defensemen Brycen Martin and Julius Honka will be among the top 40 Canadian Hockey League draft eligible players at 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary, AB, on January 15, 2014.
Martin and Honka were both named to Team Orr and are among 12 defensemen split between Team Orr and Team Cherry. 14 Western Hockey League players were named to the two rosters in total.
Martin, 17, will get the chance to play in his hometown of Calgary. The 6’2’’, 185-pound blueliner has already surpassed his rookie point total with two goals and 20 assists in 38 games in his second season with the Broncos.
Honka, a Jyaskyla, Finland native, was tied for second among WHL defensemen with 36 points in 35 games during his rookie season. The 18-year-old has also been named to Finland’s selection camp for the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship.
The Canadian Hockey League in association with the three regional leagues, the host Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, and BMO Financial Group, announced the 40 CHL players that will compete in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters: Team Cherry Goaltenders: Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars), Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers). Defencemen: Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting), Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels), Aaron Irving (Edmonton Oil Kings), Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs), Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon Blades), Alexis Vanier (Baie-Comeau Drakkar). Forwards: Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix), Ivan Barbashev (Moncton Wildcats), Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels), Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals), Chase De Leo (Portland Winterhawks), Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm), Nikolay Goldobin (Sarnia Sting), Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener Rangers), Matt Mistele (Plymouth Whalers), Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice), Nick Ritchie (Peterborough Petes), Nikita Scherbak (Saskatoon Blades) Staff: Jim Peplinski – Head Coach, Paul Reinhart – Assistant Coach, Tim Hunter – Assistant Coach, Brian Cheeseman – Athletic Therapist, Rogan Dean – Equipment Manager Julio Billia (Chicoutimi Sagueneens), Mason McDonald (Acadie-Bathurst Titan). Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts), Aaron Haydon (Niagara IceDogs), Julius Honka (Swift Current Broncos), Brycen Martin (Swift Current Broncos), Alex Peters (Plymouth Whalers), Ben Thomas (Calgary Hitmen). Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs), Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles), Blake Clarke (North Bay Battalion), Eric Cornel (Peterborough Petes), Leon Draisaitl (Prince Albert Raiders), Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads), Josh HoSang (Windsor Spitfires), Brendan Lemieux (Barrie Colts), Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs), Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen), Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs). Lanny McDonald – Head Coach, Mike Vernon – Assistant Coach, Joel Otto – Assistant Coach, Will McMillan – Athletic Therapist, Jason Monnery – Equipment Manager.
Import defenseman Julius Honka (left) will skate in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game after posting 36 points in his first 35 WHL games. Team Orr Goaltenders: