Ian Henry

Seattle Thunderbirds right wing Branden Troock today was one of three players added to rosters for the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to be played at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, on Wednesday, February 1.

Troock was added to the roster of Team Orr while Mike Winther of the Prince Albert Raiders and Tim Bozon of the Kamloops Blazers have been added to the Team Cherry roster. These three will replace Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting, Jarrod Maidens of the Owen Sound Attack, and Matia Marcantuoni of the Kitchener Rangers who are all unable to participate due to injury.

Troock, a 17-year-old from Edmonton, is playing in his first full WHL season with the Thunderbirds. The 6’3”, 203-pound power forward has eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 34 games this season. He was ranked 90th by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will mark the 17th annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL draft eligible players. The two-day event also features a skills competition and three-on-three challenge taking place on Tuesday, January 31.

“We are happy Branden has been ranked with this group of players,” said Russ Farwell, T-Birds general manager. “This game gives him the chance to showcase his skills against the other top CHL players for this year’s NHL draft.”

Home Hardware continues as the title sponsor of the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game for the 13th consecutive year. More information and team rosters can be found at the official event website.

The T-Birds take on the Kamloops Blazers on Friday at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds group tickets are currently on sale. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.