Cents coach Martin to run West Prospects bench with hand from Leafs legend

Wendel Clark

The annual CJHL Prospects Game goes Tuesday night and as usual, there will be a ton of BCHL talent taking part.

The game will be played in Mississagua, Ont. at Port Credit Memorial Arena, home of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Mississauga Chargers

In all, 10 BCHL players have been invited to attend and Merritt Centennials bench boss Joe Martin will be the head coach for the West Prospects.

At his disposal will be the following players from the BCHL:

Name Position BCHL Team NCAA commitment
Max Crozier D Nanaimo Clippers Providence (2019)
Slava Demin D Wenatchee Wild Denver (2019)
Jonny Tychonick D Penticton Vees North Dakota (2018)
Seth Barton D Trail Smoke Eaters UMass-Lowell (2019)
Brett Stapley F Vernon Vipers Denver (2018)
Josh Prokop F Vernon Vipers Ohio State (2019)
Angus Crookshank F Langley Rivermen New Hampshire (2018)
Brendan Budy F Langley Rivermen Denver (2019)
Ethan De Jong F Prince George Spruce Kings Quinnipiac (2019)
Corey Andonovski F Chilliwack Chiefs Princeton (2018)

CLICK HERE to read the release with the full team rosters


An additional highlight is the announcement of the guest coaches for the event. Joining Martin on the West bench will be former Toronto Maple Leafs star forward and Kelvington, Sask. native Wendel Clark. Drafted first overall by the Leafs in 1985, Clark played 793 NHL games predominantly with Toronto and scored 330 goals and 564 points in his career.

On the East bench, another former Leafs standout will accompany Toronto Patriots head coach John Dean. Rick Vaive, an Ottawa native who was the fifth overall draft pick by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1979 NHL draft, scored 50 goals in three different NHL seasons, all with Toronto, and 441-347-788 in 876 career games.

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