Top Prospects put on a show in Vancouver!


January 29th, 2016

By Dane Frizzell


The coliseum was alive thursday night as Team Orr defeated Team Cherry 3-2 at this year’s CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Ty Ronning of the Vancouver Giants opened the scoring at 3:09 of the first period.


Credit to Kevin Light Photography

The game would remain 1-0 after one period of play. Goaltenders  Evan Fitzpatrick of the Sherbrooke Phoenix and Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips would prove to be the difference makers in the first half of the game. Both made fantastic saves and proved why they were Top Prospects. Just after the ten minute mark of the second period, the goaltenders would switch.  Fitzpatrick was replaced by Zach Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors, while Hart gave way to Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. At 17:09 of the second period, the game would see its second goal. Pascal Laberge of the Victoriaville Tigres would finish after a great move. Team Cherry held a 22-20 edge on the shot clock after 40 minutes.

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Credit to Kevin Light photography

With 10:20 remaining in the third period, Laberge would score another one. After a quick pivot, the Team Orr forward snapped a puck past Sawchenko for a 2-1 lead. Team Cherry wasn’t done there. Just minutes later, Logan Brown of the Windsor Spitfire would finish on a great pass from Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting.

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Credit to Kevin Light photography

The tie wouldn’t last for long. Right off the face off and 11 seconds after Team Cherry tied the game up, Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Cape Brenton Sreaming Eagles would score off a great pass from Laberge making it 3-2 for Team Orr.

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Credit to Kevin Light Photography

Team Cherry would throw everything on net in the tail end of the game but goaltender Dylan Wells would put up a brick wall to secure a victory for Team Orr.

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Credit to Kevin Light Photography

Laberge earned Team Orr Player of the Game honours, while Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads received the recognition for Team Cherry. The game was enjoyed by over ten thousand fans in an extremely loud and energetic Pacific Coliseum.

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Credit to Kevin Light photography

Day one recap – 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game


Wednesday January 27, 2016

By Dane Frizzell

Team Orr and Team Cherry showed off their skills today as players were put to the test in a combine like setting at the Pacific Coliseum.

Players were tested in multiple off ice and on ice drills focusing on stick handling, speed, agility, and mobility.


Photo credit to Kevin Underhill.

There were loads of NHL personnel on hand evaluating and taking in the action. We had the chance to catch up with General Manager Jim Benning of the Vancouver Canucks.



One player who is getting a lot of attention is Vancouver Giants forward Ty Ronning. Ronning did especially well with the on ice testing today completing all the events fast and efficiently. Ronning was a late addition to the Top Prospect roster. Earlier this week it was announced Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants would be unable to play due to injury. When asked about playing in his teammates place, Ronning had this to say. “I feel like I deserve this moment and this opportunity. It sucks that I couldn’t be here with Tyler. Tyler’s one hell of a player but things happen.” Ronning will be just one of the forty highly ranked prospects playing in tomorrow nights game. But for Giants fans he might be the only one they truly care about.

The teams will practice tomorrow morning for one last time before the teams face off at 6pm PT at the Coliseum. Fans and scouts will be excited to see what these players have in store.


The prospects are coming!


January 23rd, 2016

By Dane Frizzell


We are less than a week away from the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver, BC at the Pacific Coliseum.

On Thursday night it will be Team Cherry VS Team Orr. This will be the 24th CHL Top Prospect game and the 15th time Team Cherry and Team Orr have faced off against each other.


The game will feature players from the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Players will be eager to put on a good show as this game will be a great chance to showcase their skills to NHL scouts and teams.


Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants will captain Team Cherry. Other notable names playing for Grapes include, Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters and Sam Steel of the Regina Pats. Team Cherry will be up against an extremely strong Team Orr.


Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights will captain Team Orr. His team will also feature Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads and Carter Hart, goaltender for Everett Silvertips.
The game itself will be played at the legendary Pacific Coliseum is Vancouver, BC, home of the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. The game was last played there in 2005. Team Cherry beat Team Davidson 8-4. The complete rosters for both teams are below.


2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:

 Team Cherry:



Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke Phoenix)

Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting)

Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Sean Day (Mississauga Steelheads)

Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes)

Lucas Johansen (Kelowna Rockets)

Markus Niemelainen (Saginaw Spirit)



Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)

Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants)

Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)

Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)

Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)

Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs)

Tim Gettinger (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Noah Gregor (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Max Jones (London Knights)

Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)

Sam Steel (Regina Pats)

Team Orr:

The great Bobby Orr loving it


Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)

Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)

Luke Green (Saint John Sea Dogs)

Libor Hajek (Saskatoon Blades)

Olli Juolevi (London Knights)

Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires)

Logan Stanley (Windsor Spitfires)



Nathan Bastian (Mississauga Steelheads)

Will Bitten (Flint Firebirds)

Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Jack Kopacka (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville Tigres)

Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)

Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)

Otto Somppi (Halifax Mooseheads)

Simon Stransky (Prince Albert Raiders)

Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights)

Tickets are still available and can be bought at
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see Don Cherry and Bobby Orr coach tomorrow’s NHL stars. It’s going to be something special.

Size Doesn’t Matter, the Story of Ty Ronning


Thursday January 21st

By Hyun Oh

If you have ever attended a Vancouver Giants home game at the Pacific Coliseum, there is usually one player that sticks out more than the others. Noticeable from the start of the pre game warm-ups, he is usually one of the fastest, craftiest, hardest working and smallest players on the ice.

Listed at 5’9 and 165 pounds, Burnaby BC native Ty Ronning is a fan favourite amongst Giants fans. Leading the team in goals this season, Ronning is having a breakout season in his 3rd year with the Giants. Ty is the son of former Vancouver Canucks superstar Cliff Ronning, and played his minor hockey at the Burnaby Winter Club. Ty was selected 15th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.


Ty and Cliff Ronning during Ty’s Burnaby Winter Club years

Ty knew that comparisons to his father were inevitable at a young age, but his road to his current success has not been an easy one. After being selected in the first round, the Giants management and fanbase had high hopes for Ronning. The season after Ty’s midget year with the Delta Hockey Academy, Ty played 56 games with the Giants in his rookie season in 2013-14.


Ronning would put up 9 goals and 11 assists in his rookie year, which isn’t too bad for a 16 year old in the WHL. His 2nd year with the Giants was unfortunately a different story. Ty would miss the first three months of the 2014-15 season with a broken collarbone. Upon return, Ty struggled for the rest of the season as he played just 21 games and recorded 3 points. Ty was a healthy scratch 3 times under head coach Claude Noel and was a total of -20 by the end of the season.

Things were looking grim going into Ty’s 3rd WHL season this year, which would be Ty’s first year of NHL Draft eligibility.


Ronning surrounded by his teammates after scoring the first goal of the 2015 teddy bear toss game

But Ty would turn things around at the start of this season. When Giants Captain and projected first 2016 first round pick Tyler Benson sustained an injury and didn’t return until November, Ty took this opportunity to lead the team offensively leading the team in goals scored including multiple hat tricks and impressive goals this season. At the beginning of the year, Ronning was listed as a C prospect by NHL Central Scouting, meaning he was a longshot to be drafted or a 6/7th round pick, but the Mid Season Rankings have Ronning at 82nd amongst North American skaters.

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Ty currently has 26 goals and 15 assists and wears number 7, reminiscent to his father Cliff .

The current Giants head coach Lorne Molleken had this to say about Ronning; “A kid who competes that hard, a kid who can score goals like that, a kid who can read the game that way…there’s room for him in the NHL. He’s not too small, because of his heart and his pride and his desire.”


Published January 21st 2015 by Hyun Oh

Hyun is just your average teenager from Surrey BC who loves the game.

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