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December 20, 2013 09:00 ET

Greater Toronto Hockey League Announces 5th Annual Scotiabank GTHL Top Prospects Game

Top 40 Minor Midget Players to Participate in Showcase Event

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 20, 2013) - The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) today announced the details of the 5th Annual Scotiabank GTHL Top Prospects Game.

The fifth edition of this annual event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Arena in North York and will see the Top 40 Minor Midget aged players participating in a showcase game. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Rogers TV cable 10/63 in Toronto will air the game on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Two celebrity coaches will be behind the benches at this year's event. National Hockey League (NHL) alumnus Adam Graves will battle against former Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark as the head coaches of each team.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the GTHL office at (416) 636-6845 or in person at 265 Rimrock Rd., Unit 4, Toronto, ON, M3J 3C6 from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Please note the GTHL office will be closed from Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. until Thursday Jan. 2, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Tickets are $5.00 in advance or $6.00 at the gate. Advance ticket purchase is recommended to avoid line-ups at the arena. No passes will be accepted.

"We are looking forward to this year's event," said GTHL President John Gardner. "We are very pleased to have this group of celebrity coaches involved and we anticipate an exciting game as we have seen for the past four seasons. This will be a great opportunity for these young players to display their talent against the other top players in their age group. They will also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience from their coaches who have been in their position before. Of course, this event wouldn't be possible without the commitment from Scotiabank as title sponsor. This event is getting bigger and better each season and Scotiabank is large part of its success."

"Hockey is such an important part of our communities, both here in the GTA and across the country. Scotiabank is proud to support the growth of the sport, from minor hockey teams to the NHL level," said John Doig, Scotiabank's Chief Marketing Officer. "We are excited to once again bring the Scotiabank GTHL Top Prospects Game to Toronto so that we can all see the next generation of hockey stars face off in what is going to be an amazing game."

About the Celebrity Coaches:

Adam Graves played minor hockey with the Toronto Young Nationals and North York Civics in the former MTHL. Graves was selected 22nd overall in the 1986 NHL Draft and went on to play 17 NHL seasons with four teams, winning the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 and the New York Rangers in 1994. He also won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1993-94) and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2000-01). Graves now works in Hockey and Business Operations with the Rangers.

Wendel Clark played in 13 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs after being selected first overall by the team in the 1985 NHL Draft. Clark served as Maple Leafs captain for three seasons before being traded to the Quebec Nordiques following the 1993-94 campaign. The Saskatchewan native totaled 330 goals, 564 points and 1,690 penalty minutes in 793 games over 15 NHL seasons. Clark has coached in the GTHL for five years and currently serves as head coach of the Bantam AAA Toronto Young Nationals.

About the GTHL:

Founded in 1911, the GTHL is a non-profit organization and the largest amateur minor hockey league in the world. The GTHL registers more than 40,000 annual participants in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Vaughan and Markham varying in age from 4 to 20.

About Scotiabank:

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