Two Tri-City Americans players have been invited to the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Juuso Välimäki and Michael Rasmussen will both play for Team Orr in Quebec City on January 30th, 2017!
Rasmussen and Välimäki comprise two of the 15 total WHL players selected for this event, making the Americans one of just four teams to be represented two players.
The 40 CHL players competing in the game were chosen by all 30 NHL clubs and divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting. This season’s event marks the 22nd annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL Draft eligible players featuring talent from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Western Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.
Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 13 players selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Connor McDavid, Aaron Ekblad, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Marc-Andre Fleury, Rick Nash, Vincent Lecavalier, Joe Thornton, and Chris Phillips.
The 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Cooper Tire, and autoTRADER.ca. The game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
Tickets are still available through the box office at 1-855-790-1245 or visit Ticketmaster to purchase online.
Read the full WHL release here.