Rangers’ Brzustewicz & Rehkopf selected for 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

The Canadian Hockey League announced today the 15 OHL players invited to compete in the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Kitchener leads the way as the only OHL club sending more than one player to the game as defenceman Hunter Brzustewicz and forward Carson Rehkopf both have been invited to compete in the game.

Slated for January 25 at the Langley Events Centre, the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game showcases the top-40 CHL players eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft from across the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 40 players were identified via a survey conducted with the NHL’s 32 teams.

Brzustewicz, a native of Washington, Mich., is second on the Rangers in points and leads all OHL draft eligible defencemen with 23 points in 26 games this campaign. The six-foot, 188-pound right-shot defenceman was heavily recruited with NCAA options before choosing to play in Kitchener for his development. Brzustewicz holds the record for the longest streak of games (10) with an assist in the OHL this season.

Rehkopf, a native of Vaughan, Ont., is third on the Rangers with 22 points (14G, 8A) in 26 games. He was the Rangers’ first-round pick, 17th-overall, in the 2021 OHL Draft. Rehkopf is currently riding a six-game point-streak and has impressively recorded two hat-tricks this season.

In all, the 40 players count 19 from the WHL – headlined by 2023 NHL Draft favourite and North Vancouver, B.C., native Connor Bedard of the Regina Pats – as well as 15 players from the OHL and six from the QMJHL. Additionally, 32 CHL clubs are represented by at least one player, led by the Seattle Thunderbirds with three, plus six other clubs with multiple representatives including the host Vancouver Giants counting left-wing Samuel Honzek and centre Jaden Lipinski and Kitchener Rangers with blueliner Hunter Brzustewicz and forward Carson Rehkopf.

15 OHL Players Named to 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game:

Charlie Robertson (North Bay Battalion)

Beau Akey (Barrie Colts)
Cam Allen (Guelph Storm)
Oliver Bonk (London Knights)
Hunter Brzustewicz (Kitchener Rangers)
Andrew Gibson (Soo Greyhounds)

Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack)
Nick Lardis (Peterborough Petes)
Ethan Miedema (Windsor Spitfires)
Quentin Musty (Sudbury Wolves)
Luca Pinelli (Ottawa 67’s)
Coulson Pitre (Flint Firebirds)
Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers)
Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Carey Terrance (Erie Otters)

Team rosters and leadership groups for the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be announced at a later date.

With a majority of tickets already sold, fans are encouraged to act quickly to secure their seat to the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Tickets begin at $29.95 plus applicable taxes and fees and are available online, by telephone at 604-882-8800, and in person at the Langley Events Centre ticket office (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and until the end of the first period on Giants game days).

The Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game was last held in Kitchener in March 2022 where Team White defeated Team Red 3-1. Jagger Firkus (Team White/Moose Jaw) and Shane Wright (Team Red/Kingston) were named Players of the Game and were both later selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2022 NHL Draft. In all, 38 players who competed in the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were chosen in the 2022 NHL Draft headlined by Wright at fourth overall.

Since its reintroduction as the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in 1996, the event has featured 15 players who were later selected first overall in the NHL Draft including Alexis Lafreniere (2020), Nico Hischier (2017), Connor McDavid (2015), Aaron Ekblad (2014), Nathan MacKinnon (2013), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), Taylor Hall (2010), John Tavares (2009), Steven Stamkos (2008), Patrick Kane (2007), Marc-Andre Fleury (2003), Rick Nash (2002), Vincent Lecavalier (1998), Joe Thornton (1997), and Chris Phillips (1996).

With more than 1,300 players competing for 60 teams across Canada and the United States, the CHL is home to the NHL stars of tomorrow with live game action available on CHL TV, accessible via the CHL App, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and online. The 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game airs live from the Langley Events Centre on TSN,, the TSN App, and RDS on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 at 7 p.m. Pacific.

For more information on media accreditation, and the full Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game roster, visit

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