Ennis loves home cookin'

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

Tyler Ennis wouldn't want to play this game anywhere else but here.

The Medicine Hat Tigers forward grew up in Edmonton and tonight will play in one of the biggest hockey games of his junior career in front of his family and friends when he steps out on the ice for the top prospects game.

"It's really exciting; this game is an opportunity for me to be able to showcase what I can do and to do it here at home is going to be special," said Ennis yesterday at the Top Prospects luncheon where he was mobbed by fans wanting his autograph.

Ennis is used to the pressure of a big game. In his two previous seasons with the Tigers he played in 29 playoff games and a Memorial Cup last year - so this is nothing new for the former K of C Pat who went undrafted in his final year of bantam triple-A.

"This is more of a showcase and I obviously want to do well and have a strong game, but playing in big playoff games and Memorial Cup games, that is a different kind of pressure," explained Ennis, who will have close to 50 family and friends in attendance.

Ennis, who stands at just five-foot-nine and 160 pounds is a centre who has a flair for the creative side of the game and is one of the WHL's most prolific goal scorers. He has a knack for being shifty with the puck and he is known as a tough player to contain.

He is currently ranked 17th among North American skaters and is a projected first round pick. Pretty good for a kid who is the only one on either roster who wasn't selected in the bantam draft.


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