Kelowna Rockets defenceman Damon Severson leads a stretch after a team practice at the 2012 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Players arrived Monday before a skills competition Tuesday and the game on Wednesday.

Kelowna Rockets defenceman Damon Severson leads a stretch after a team practice at the 2012 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Players arrived Monday before a skills competition Tuesday and the game on Wednesday.

CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Begins with Skills Competition

The 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game comes to Kelowna for two days of great skill and intensity

The Skills Competiton and 3 on 3 Challenge kicks off proceedings at the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Tuesday at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

The top 40-ranked players for this summer’s NHL Entry Draft are in Kelowna for the Top Prospects Game which begins with the skills competition tonight at Prospera Place (7 p.m.)

Kelowna Rockets captain Colton Sissons will take part in the Show-Down Breakaway event while Rockets blueliner Damon Severson will take part in the fastest skater event.

Teams skated in two spirited practices on Monday with honorary coaches Pat Quinn and former NHLer Mark Recchi both taking to the ice with their respective teams.

Recchi is joined on the bench by Rockets head coach Ryan Huska while Quinn is joined by Vancouver Giants and Team Canada head coach Don Hay.

With over 250 NHL scouts, including general managers and directors of scouting, the event is a showcase of this year’s draft making the skills competition that much more important, as players try to catch the eye of NHL teams.

It makes for what should be two days of hockey that features the best NHL draft eligible players in the Canadian Hockey League.

Tickets for the skills competition have been reduced to just $10 through Select Your Tickets.

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