Three Manitobans selected for prospects game

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

A trio of Manitobans took a big step in their hockey careers yesterday.

Codey Burki and Kevin Armstrong, both from Winnipeg, and Brandon native Ryan White have been asked to participate in the CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game -- a showcase of the top junior players who are eligible for the NHL entry draft this summer.

The game is slated to go at the Corel Centre in Ottawa Jan. 18.

Yesterday's announcement should be the start of a very hectic year for the three players, as securing an invite to the Top Prospects game usually translates into being drafted into the NHL.

More than 380 players who have suited up for the game have been drafted by NHL clubs.

Burki, who starred for the bantam Monarchs in the Winnipeg Minor Hockey Association, is a member of the Brandon Wheat Kings, and the 6-foot-2, 195-pound forward leads the club in scoring with 27 points in 40 games this season.

The 18-year-old is one of 13 Western Hockey League players to be included amongst the 40 prospects.

Joining Burki is White, who plays for the Calgary Hitmen, and Armstrong, who had himself quite a day yesterday.

Besides being asked to participate with the top prospects in the CHL, the 17-year-old Winnipeg goaltender also received some other news yesterday.

Armstrong was traded by the Saskatoon Blades to the Spokane Chiefs in a blockbuster deal.

NOTE: The Wheat Kings were also busy on the WHL's trade deadline day, shipping 19-year-old Derek LeBlanc and a fifth-round bantam draft pick in 2006 to the Hitmen for defenceman Dustin Kohn.

Kohn was a second round pick (46th overall) of the New York Islanders in the 2005 NHL entry draft.

Brandon also moved defenceman Mike Cann to the Lethbridge Hurricanes for a second-round pick in the 2007 bantam draft.


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