The Merritt Centennials, in conjunction with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, announced today that forwards Tyler Ward and Michael Regush have been named to Team West for the CJHL Prospects Game on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm PT in Cornwall, Ontario.
Ward, 17, is currently on injured reserve and hasn’t played since a game against Penticton on October 21st. Prior to the injury, he had 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 16 games. He is committed to the University of Denver for 2018-19.
Regush, 18, is tied with Zach Risteau for the Centennials scoring lead with 27 points. He has 12 goals and 15 assists this season, his second in Merritt. The Surrey, BC native is set to attend Cornell University in September 2017.
This is the third straight season that a Centennials player has been selected to play in the CJHL Prospects Game. Colin Grannary was named Player of the Game for Team West in 2016. Brandon Duhaime represented Merritt at the 2015 edition.
Ward and Regush are among ten BCHL players named to Team West this year.
Each of the players chosen to participate in the CJHL Prospects Game were selected through the efforts of NHL Central Scouting and are currently among the top 40 CJHL prospects heading into the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago.
“We congratulate each of the players on their selection to compete in the 2017 CJHL Prospects Game in Cornwall and commend NHL Central Scouting for their contributions in helping formalize the Team East and Team West rosters,” offered CJHL President Brent Ladds. “We are confident this group of young men will provide all those in attendance, including the multitude of scouts and Junior A hockey fans alike, a tremendous showcase of CJHL talent from right across the country.”
As stated, the two team rosters were put together by NHL Central Scouting, headed up by its Director, Dan Marr.
“The CJHL Prospects Game is a tremendous opportunity for these players to showcase their ability and represent their teams, leagues and communities on a national stage,” said Marr.
The CJHL Prospects Game is one of the premier Junior A hockey events in the country and provides tremendous exposure for CJHL players to play in front of scouts from all over the hockey world – including the NHL, NCAA, Major Junior and Canadian universities and colleges.