Junior podcast: BMO Top Prospects Game Preview

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Jeff Marek hosts Sportsnet’s weekly CHL podcast, a one-stop shop for news, analysis, opinion and interviews covering the WHL, OHL and QMJHL. Sam Cosentino, the CHL’s top analyst/insider, joins Marek each week to discuss the latest from around the league, as do newsmakers from across the CHL. Couple that with NHLers remembering their days in junior hockey and regular updates on the latest risers and fallers for the NHL Draft, and there’s really nowhere else fans need to go.

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On this special edition, Jeff previews the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game with a bevy of guests.

John Shannon talks about the history of Pacific Arena, Mississauga Steelheads blueliner Sean Day, Val-d’Or Foreurs giant forward Julien Gauthier and relationships built on hockey.

Then Warren Rychel, owner and GM of the Windsor Spitfires joins Jeff to discuss his three players, Logan Brown, Logan Stanley and Mikhail Sergachev, and what he told them about being ready for arguably the biggest game of their careers, as well as how a dad who played in the NHL helps get his son ready for the leap.


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Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning waxes poetic on his memories of the WHL, what the Top Prospects Game did for his two 2014 first-rounders, Jarred McCann and Jake Virtanen, and the speed of the kids in today’s game.

Team Cherry captain and Sarnia Sting star defenceman Jakob Chychrun tells the story of his interesting path to the CHL, what it was like growing up in a hockey family and being fired up to play Thursday.

Lastly, Sportsnet’s lead CHL analyst, Sam Cosentino, on who he’s most interested in seeing play and why.

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