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Seattle Thunderbirds Troock chosen for CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game | Hockey

Branden Troock of the Seattle Thunderbirds junior hockey team. - COURTESY PHOTO, Seattle Thunderbirds
Branden Troock of the Seattle Thunderbirds junior hockey team.
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Seattle Thunderbirds right wing Branden Troock was one of three players added to rosters for the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to be played Feb. 1 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Troock was added to the roster Jan. 18 of Team Orr while Mike Winther of the Prince Albert Raiders and Tim Bozon of the Kamloops Blazers have been added to the Team Cherry roster. The three will replace Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting, Jarrod Maidens of the Owen Sound Attack, and Matia Marcantuoni of the Kitchener Rangers who are all unable to participate due to injury.

Troock, a 17-year-old from Edmonton, is playing in his first full WHL season with the Thunderbirds. The 6 feet 3, 203-pound power forward has eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 34 games this season. He was ranked 90th by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will mark the 17th annual showcase of the CHL's top-40 NHL draft eligible players. The two-day event also features a skills competition and three-on-three challenge taking place Jan. 31.

"We are happy Branden has been ranked with this group of players," said Russ Farwell, T-Birds general manager. "This game gives him the chance to showcase his skills against the other top CHL players for this year's NHL draft."

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