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Dauphin geared up for Prospects Games


Monday, December 06, 2010

By Mitchell Clinton

MJHL Web Correspondent

 

For the second time in seven months, junior hockey in Dauphin will take on more of a national flavour.

 

The annual Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Prospects Games will be held

at Credit Union Place in the City of Sunshine, December 7 and 8.

 

The event is used as a chance for the top 40 NHL draft eligible players to show their talents to CJHL and NHL Central Scouting as Team West and Team East. This comes after Dauphin hosted the 2010 edition of the Royal Bank Cup in May.

 

There is a familiar face behind the scenes of the event, as former RBC Cup co-chair Randy Daley is again on the planning committee for the event.

 

“Winkler was set to be the host, but for reasons that I don’t know, they weren’t able to do it this year,” he said.

 

“I was out in Penticton when I got the call about possibly taking it over, and I said I’d make some calls to see if we could get hotels in that short amount of time.”

 

Daley said the volunteers in Dauphin have once again come out in big numbers to help put the event on.

 

“That’s why we weren’t reluctant to take it on. There is a sense of familiarity with this kind of event now,” Daley said. “Everyone understands

what needs to get done, and they’ve all come forward saying ‘I’ll do that again and its been very helpful.”

 

During the RBC Cup, Dauphin Tourism took an economic impact survey to find what effect a national event would have on the city.

 

“Hockey Canada received the results of that report, and they were thrilled with the organization and how the event went,” said Carla Wolfenden, Tourism and Events Coordinator for the City of Dauphin.

 

“It wasn’t much of a factor in the decision to bring the games here this month, but we’re looking forward to the games and the tourism aspects it brings along as well.”

 

Wolfenden adds the influx of visitors to Dauphin helps support local businesses.

 

“We’ll have 100 scouts paying for hotels, restaurants, and other things as well,” she said. “The parents of the players will also likely be coming in, and they’ll be renting cars and going shopping, so the businesses here will feel that impact.”

 

As far as the games go, Daley is looking forward to competitive hockey.

 

“It’s going to be really exciting,” he said. “We’ll have all these scouts here with the ability to change the futures of these players. There will be intensity, and we’ll be in for some good hockey.”

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