A pair of MJHL players have been selected to play for Team West at the CJHL Prospects Game scheduled for Okotoks, AB, in January.
Kyle Bettens (C) of Steinbach Pistons and Reilly Funk (LW) of Portage Terriers were named to Team West. Each of the players chosen to participate in the CJHL Prospects Game were selected through the efforts of NHL Central Scouting and are currently among the top 40 CJHL prospects heading into the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.
Funk, who hails from Portage, was a member of the bronze-medal Team Canada West at the recent World Junior A Challenge. Currently, he has 33 points (13-20) in 26 games. He’s 6-foot-3, 190-pounds.
Bettens, who hails from Winnipeg, currently has 10 points (2-8) in 15 games. He’s 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. The 17-year-old Bemidji State University commit was listed in the NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary Player to Watch list as a prelude to the upcoming 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
ABOUT THE CJHL PROSPECTS GAME
The CJHL Prospects Game is one of the premier Junior A hockey events in the country and provides tremendous exposure for CJHL players to play in front of scouts from all over the hockey world – including the NHL, CHL, NCAA and Canadian universities and colleges.
The President’s Cup is awarded to the winning team in the CJHL Prospects Game.
From 2005 until 2008, the event ran as a single game, but starting in 2009 the President’s Cup was played as a two-game series where the combined score of the games determined the winner of the title.
The contest has now gone back to a single-game format along with player testing, both on-ice and off-ice, having been introduced. Since its inception, Team West has won eight times while Team East has come away victorious on five occasions.
All-Time CJHL Prospects Game President’s Cup results
2006: West 5 East 4 (Yorkton SK)
2007: West 6 East 2 (Vernon BC)
2008: East 5 West 3 (Winkler MB)
2009: East 6 West 3 (Summerside PE)
2010: West 8 East 3 (8-1, 0-2) (Winkler MB)
2011: East 9 West 2 (2-1 SO, 7-1) (Dauphin MB)
2012: West 9 East 6 (4-3 OT, 5-3) (Langley BC)
2013: West 8 East 6 (5-0, 3-6) (Digby/Yarmouth NS)
2014: East 8 West 4 (4-2, 4-2) (Digby/Yarmouth NS)
2015: West 3 East 2 (Oakville ON)
2016: East 3 West 1 (Surrey BC)
2017: West 4 East 3 (Cornwall ON)
2018: West 5 East 2 (Mississauga ON)
2019: East vs. West (Okotoks AB)
The CJHL Prospects Game will also be streamed live online via HockeyTV.com.