CHL Announces BMO as Title Sponsor of BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

CHL Announces BMO as Title Sponsor of BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 
Expands longstanding partnership between BMO and the CHL 
Lanny McDonald and Jim Peplinski named Head Coaches 
Mike Vernon, Joel Otto, Paul Reinhart named Assistant Coaches 
Tickets Available for Public Sale Now 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/15/13 -- The Canadian Hockey
League, in association with BMO Financial Group, today announced a
new agreement naming BMO as the title sponsor of the BMO CHL/NHL Top
Prospects Game. 
The 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be hosted by the Western
Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen and takes place on Wednesday January
15. This season's event will mark the 19th annual showcase of the
CHL's top-40 NHL draft eligible players featuring talent from the
WHL, the Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey
"BMO has been an outstanding corporate partner for the CHL for more
than 10 years and we are very excited by their expanded partnership
with the CHL as they assume title sponsorship of the BMO CHL/NHL Top
Prospects Game," said CHL President David Branch. "Events such as
this are only possible with the commitment of corporate partners like
BMO and we look forward to showcasing the next wave of NHL talent to
the passionate fans in Calgary this January." 
"BMO is excited to be expanding our strong partnership with the CHL
and building on our commitment to invest in communities," said Robert
Hayes, Senior Vice President, Alberta and NWT Division, BMO Bank of
Montreal. "Our customers are passionate about hockey and the BMO
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is another great way to celebrate with our
customers and fans in Calgary, throughout Alberta and in all our
communities across Canada. BMO is proud to be associated with the
CHL's strong commitment not only to player development, but to
producing complete and mature individuals through post-secondary
scholarships and bursaries." 
In their third year as the Official Bank of the CHL, BMO's special
fan appreciation initiatives include the popular BMO Ultimate CHL Fan
Contest taking place in 42 Canadian markets this season, along with
the BMO Power of Blue program which provides special perks to BMO
customers each week at CHL games across Canada. BMO-focused
initiatives will also be pr
esent at the league's other national
marquee events such as the SUBWAY Super Series and the MasterCard
Memorial Cup. 
The CHL in association with 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game hosts
the WHL's Calgary Hitmen also announced today that Calgary Flames'
legends Lanny McDonald and Jim Peplinski will be Head Coaches for the
game with fellow Flames' greats Mike Vernon, Joel Otto, and Paul
Reinhart serving as Assistant Coaches. 
"We are very fortunate that some of our most prominent CHL graduates
and all-time great Calgary Flames players have agreed to serve as
celebrity coaches for the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in
Calgary," commented CHL Vice-President and WHL Commissioner Ron
Robison. "All of these former CHL and NHL players have distinguished
themselves both on and off the ice and will be outstanding role
models for the top rated CHL Prospects participating in this season's
BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game." 
McDonald, Head Coach for Team Orr, participates in the event for the
fourth time after coaching alongside Vernon at the 2008 event in
Edmonton. He also assisted Don Cherry in both games previously held
in Calgary in 1999 and 2001. After helping the Medicine Hat Tigers
advance to the Memorial Cup in 1973, McDonald was the fourth overall
pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Hanna, Alberta, native shared
Flames' captain duties with Peplinski when the club won the Stanley
Cup in 1989. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992, McDonald
scored 500 goals and 1,006 points in 1,111 career games. Peplinski,
Head Coach for Team Cherry, played in 711 career NHL games with the
Flames from 1980-95 and represented Canada at the 1988 Olympic Winter
Games in Calgary. The Renfrew, Ontario, native played three seasons
for the Toronto Marlboros of the OMJHL before he was selected in the
fourth round of the 1979 NHL Draft by the Flames. Current
Vice-President, Business Development with the Flames, Peplinski also
served as Co-Chair of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. 
Assisting McDonald on Team Orr will be Vernon and Otto who were also
both members of the Flames' 1989 Stanley Cup Championship Team. A
member of the WHL's Calgary Wranglers from 1980-83, Vernon won
back-to-back Goaltender of the Year and MVP Awards in 1982 and 1983.
The Calgary native played in 781 career NHL games and won two Stanley
Cups including 1997 when he received the Conn Smythe Trophy as
Playoff MVP with the Detroit Red Wings. His number 30 jersey has been
retired by the Flames alongside McDonald's number nine. Otto played
14 seasons in the NHL including 11 with the Flames and three with the
Philadelphia Flyers collecting 508 points in 943 games. The Elk
River, Minnesota, native also won the World Cup with Team USA in 1999
and took part in the 1998 Winter Olympics. He is in his seventh
season as an Assistant Coach of the Hitmen.  
Reinhart will serve as an Assistant Coach for Peplinski on Team
Cherry. The Kitchener, Ontario, native played four seasons for his
hometown Rangers before becoming the 12th overall pick in the 1979
NHL Draft. He played in 11 NHL seasons including nine with the Flames
competing in 648 career games. Reinhart's son Max was selected by the
Flames in the third round of the 2010 NHL Draft, and son Griffin was
the fourth overall pick of the New York Islanders in 2012 after
competing for Team Orr in this event held in Kelowna. His youngest
son, Sam, is a top prospect eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.  
The Hitmen are also pleased to announce that tickets are now
available to the general public.  
"This is a terrific opportunity for fans of all ages to purchase
tickets to see NHL future stars today," said Mike Moore, Hitmen
General Manager and Vice-President of Business Operations. "We are
excited to offer Hitmen pricing for this great event and encourage
fans to purchase their tickets today for this game." 
Tickets can be purchased for as little as $12.00 for a child ticket
and $17.00 for an adult ticket at all Ticketmaster locations and the
Scotiabank Saddledome box office. Order online at
or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Group ticket pricing is also available
by calling 403-777-4646. 
The Hitmen have been represented in this event by a CHL-high 24
players since 1996 including goaltender Chris Driedger who competed
in Kelowna before becoming a third round selection of the Ottawa
Senators in the 2012 NHL Draft. Seven former Hitmen also competed in
this event before becoming first round NHL picks including Pavel
Brendl and Kris Beech in 1999, Brent Krahn (2000), Ryan Getzlaf
(2003), Andrew Ladd and Jeff Shultz in 2004, Alex Plante (2007), and
Karl Alzner (2007). 
2013 Flames first round picks Sean Monahan, selected sixth overall,
and Morgan Klimchuk, selected 28th overall, both competed in this
event last season in Halifax. Sven Baertschi, selected by the Flames
with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft also competed in
this event and recorded two points including the game-winning goal
for Team Orr in the 7-1 win in Toronto.  
Since the event was first introduced in 1996 it has featured 11
players selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft

--  Chris Phillips 
--  Joe Thornton 
--  Vincent Lecavalier 
--  Rick Nash 
--  Marc-
Andre Fleury 
--  Patrick Kane 
--  Steven Stamkos 
--  John Tavares 
--  Taylor Hall 
--  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 
--  Nathan MacKinnon 

Associate sponsors are SUBWAY and Old Dutch. The game will be
broadcast nationally by Sportsnet and TVA Sports. For more
information please visit  
BMO and the Canadian Hockey League 
BMO Financial Group and the Canadian Hockey League announced BMO as
the Official Bank of the Canadian Hockey League in 2011. The
four-year agreement also designates BMO as the Official Bank of each
of the CHL's member hockey leagues: the Ontario Hockey League, the
Western Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The
sponsorship builds on BMO's partnership with the CHL of more than 10
years and affirms BMO's exclusivity as a financial services sponsor
of the league in the retail banking category. It also engrains a
presence with the 48 teams who currently participate in the BMO CHL
Affinity MasterCard program, which enables CHL fans to support their
favourite teams through a co-branded BMO/CHL credit card. 
About BMO Financial Group 
For more than 195 years, BMO Financial Group has believed in
community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility in the
communities it serves. In 2012, BMO contributed more than $87.6
million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and the
United States to groups, organizations and programs that help build
and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities. 
About the Canadian Hockey League  
The Canadian Hockey League is the world's largest development hockey
league with 52 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the
Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western
Hockey League. CHL players graduate from high school at a rate higher
than the Canadian national average. Last season, more than nine
million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and
at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The CHL supplies more players to the
National Hockey League and Canadian Interuniversity Sport than any
other league. 
Media Contacts: Canadian / Ontario Hockey League
Paul Krotz
Manager, Media and Information Services
416-332-9711 x 320
416-332-1477 (FAX) / 
BMO Financial Group
Erin Marranca
Media Relations and Corporate Sponsorships
BMO Financial Group
Laurie Grant
Media and Public Relations
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