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Pickard picked for CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard, shown in an Oct. 2 game where he had 57 saves and a shut-out game against the Tri-City Americans. Pickard
Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard, shown in an Oct. 2 game where he had 57 saves and a shut-out game against the Tri-City Americans. Pickard's net-tending prowess has landed him special honors in the Western Hockey League.

Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard was selected Monday to participate in the Canadian Hockey League/National Hockey League Top Prospects Game Jan. 20 in Windsor, Ontario.

Pickard, in his second season with the T-Birds, is one of 40 CHL players selected to play in the annual showcase game. Pickard has appeared in 31 games with the T-Birds this season and has an 11-15-1-4 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average. He has three shutouts.

The CHL consists of the Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League, and represents the premier level of junior hockey for players ages 16-20.

The rosters were selected by the 30 NHL general managers with NHL Central Scouting. The rosters include 18 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 13 players from the Western Hockey League, and nine players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Pickard will be on the team coached by Don Cherry, the host of Coach's Corner on Hockey Night in Canada on CBC.

"On behalf of NHL Central Scouting we are very excited to visit Windsor and watch 40 of the CHL's top prospects compete at the 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game," said E.J McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting. "The players named to the rosters should be proud of their accomplishments so far this season but should take advantage of all opportunities at this event to elevate their play and prove that they are ready for the next level."

The 2009 event was held in Oshawa, Ontario, and featured all 16 CHL players that were selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft including the New York Islanders' first overall pick John Tavares.

In addition to Tavares, seven other NHL stars have participated in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game before being selected first overall including Chris Phillips, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrick Kane, and Steven Stamkos.

The game will take place at the WFCU Centre in Windsor. There will be a skills competition on Jan. 19 followed by the game on Wednesday.

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