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CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game returns to N.B. after 30 years

By Regis Phillips Jan 24, 2024 | 12:45 PM

Maritime hockey fans can witness the best Canadian Hockey League players in this year’s CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Moncton.

This is the first top prospects game to be held in New Brunswick since 1994 when it was known as the CHL All-Star Challenge and was played at the Moncton Coliseum.

This year’s game is returning to Moncton and will be played at the Avenir Centre.

The best 40 players from the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Quebec Maritime Junior Hockey League will be divided into two teams to play in front of NHL scouts and general managers attending.

Eriks Mateiko of the Saint John Sea Dogs will be the only player from New Brunswick’s teams playing. Mateiko will play on the red team coached by Daniel Lacroix of the Moncton Wildcats and honoree coach Gerard Gallant, who coached the Sea Dogs to their first Memorial Cup appearance and victory in 2011.

Chris Séguin, a spokesperson for the Canadian Hockey League, believes seeing all of the NHL scouts in attendance can inspire younger hockey players.

“It’s something to strive for. You’re a young hockey player playing at a high level with big ambitions. I think it can show you what’s possible. It allows you to dream of what you can accomplish,” said Seguin.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.