Firebirds’ Dellandrea Set for CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Tonight on NHL Network & Sportsnet
Guelph, Ont. – Firebirds’ forward Ty Dellandrea is set to play in the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game tonight. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the home of the OHL’s Guelph Storm, the Sleeman Center. The game will be internationally televised coast-to-coast throughout North America on three different networks: The NHL Network in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada and TVA Sports in French in Canada.
Dellandrea will wear number-53 for Team Cherry and is among the 40 players from across the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL) that will compete in the 23rd annual showcase of the CHL’s top prospects eligible for the NHL Draft. The 40 CHL players competing in the game were chosen by all 31 NHL clubs and were divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting.
Ironically, the Firebirds were already scheduled to be in Guelph tonight, as the Firebirds will be playing against the Storm tomorrow night, Jan. 26.
All 14 CHL players chosen in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft competed in last year’s game played in Quebec. In 22 years, a total of 307 CHL players from this event have been chosen by NHL clubs in the first round of the NHL Draft representing close to 47% of all players selected.
Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 14 players selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Hischier, 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.
Dellandrea is the second Firebird to compete in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, following Will Bitten in January of 2016.
Photo Credit: Terry Wilson/CHL Images
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