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Top Prospects showcased in skills event

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Kelowna Rockets' captain Colton Sissons of Team Orr gets ready for his Show-Down breakaway attempt during the skills competition component of the Top Prospects Game Tuesday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna.
— image credit: Marissa Baecker/Contributor

Plenty of skill and lots of flash were on display at the skills competition Tuesday during the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game festivities at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

Many of the CHL's best draft-eligible prospects put on a show during the skills competition and 3-on-3 Challenge, as Team Orr took on Team Cherry.

Rockets' defenceman Damon Severson (Team Cherry) recorded the fourth fastest time (14.542 seconds) in the fastest skater event, while Colton Sissons (Team Orr) and the rest of the players in the Show-Down Breakaway contest thrilled fans with some exciting and innovative moves.

"It was awesome," said Severson, who along with Sissons, received huge ovations from a crowd of 5,500 at Prospera Place.

"It was awesome to hear my home crowd cheer that loud for me. It's unreal to have this game taking place in my home rink. I'm just honoured to be a part of it."

Sissons, who tried a spin-o-rama during the breakaway event, said it was a great night.

"My expectations weren't too high going in," he said with a smile when asked about the breakaway contest. "I throught I would try a spin-o-rama and see what would happen and I almost had it. But it was fun. It was a good time."

The winners in each category were:

• Fastest skater—Francis Beauvillier (Rimouski Oceanic, Team Orr) 14.132 seconds

• Hardest shot—Nick Ebert (Windsor Spitfires. Team Cherry) 94.37 mph

• Shooting accuracy—Tie: Gianluca Curcuruto (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Team Orr), Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals, Team Cherry) 4-for-5.

• Show-Down breakaway contest—Team Orr

With the completion of the skills competition at the Top Prospects Game, 40 of the best major junior hockey players in the Canadian Hockey League turned their attewntion to the game on Wednesday night at Prospera Place.

Details from the game weren't available at Capital News press time. For more on the Top Prospects Game visit, or see Friday's issue of the Capital News.


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