GTHL announces six celebrity coaches for 2024 Top Prospects Game fuelled by Gatorade

TORONTO, ON – The Greater Toronto Hockey League is proud to announce the six celebrity coaches who will take part in the 2024 GTHL Top Prospects Game fuelled by Gatorade. The game takes place on January 17 at Herbet H. Carnegie Centennial Centre.

Nik Antropov, Rane Carnegie, and Ted Nolan all return as celebrity coaches for Team BlueOn Team Red‘s bench, returning celebrity coaches Angela James and Anthony Stewart will stand with new attendee Tomas Kaberle.

A limited number of tickets remain for the 2024 GTHL Top Prospects Game.  Tickets, at a price of $17 per ticket, can be purchased online and are general admission. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the game. Tickets will not be available at the door. All tickets purchased will be final sale – no refunds.

To purchase your tickets for the 2024 GTHL Top Prospects Game, click here. 

Get to know the celebrity coaches for the 2024 GTHL Top Prospects Game fuelled by Gatorade: 

TEAM BLUE: Nik Antropov, Rane Carnegie & Ted Nolan

Making his second appearance as a GTHL Top Prospects Celebrity Coach, Antropov brings 14 seasons in the NHL to the bench. The Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan native spent time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers, and the Winnipeg Jets after being selected 10th overall in the 1998 by the Leafs in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In 788 career games, Antropov posted 465 points with 193 goals and 272 assists. Antropov also has experience on the international stage, representing Kazakhstan at the 1998 IIHF World Championship, 1999 World Junior Championship, and the 2006 Winter Olympics. Antropov’s eldest son Danil is a graduate of the GTHL, spending his U16 season with the Toronto Marlboros, while his youngest son Matvey is currently playing in the GTHL with the U12 Don Mills Flyers. 

As a first-round pick in the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, Carnegie – youngest grandchild of the late Hockey Hall of Famer Dr. Herb Carnegie – brings a multitude of hockey experience to the bench. Carnegie spent two seasons in the OHL, followed by two seasons in the QMJHL including time spent as captain of the Halifax Mooseheads. Carnegie went on to play professional hockey in the AHL and ECHL, and finished his playing career overseas in Sweden, Finland, and France respectively. Carnegie is currently coaching in the GTHL as head coach of the U13 Toronto Titans.  

Drafted 78th overall in the 1978 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, Nolan brings forth a significant amount of playing and coaching experience. Following seven professional playing seasons in the American Hockey League and the NHL, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native made the jump to the bench beginning with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League in 1988. Nolan led the Greyhounds to three consecutive Memorial Cup tournament berths, winning the national championship in 1993. Nolan’s coaching experience extends to the game’s highest level, spending time with the NHL’s Hartford Whalers, Buffalo Sabres, and the New York Islanders. On the international stage, Nolan has led both Latvia and Poland. Nolan is from Garden River First Nations, an Ojibway Band in northern Ontario. 

TEAM RED: Angela James, Tomas Kaberle, and Anthony Stewart 

James’ resume is filled with international experience and success, starting with 54 points (33 goals and 21 assists) in 50 games played with Canada’s National Women’s Team. The Toronto, Ontario native captured four gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship (1990, 1992, 1994, and 1997), and added a silver medal with Team Ontario at the 1990 IIHF World Women’s Championship – the same tournament that saw James set a record for goals with 11. James’ medal count also includes two gold medals at the 3 Nations Cups. Beyond Team Canada, James spent 1980 to 1998 playing for the Central Women’s Hockey League, winning the NWHL championship with the Beatrice Aeros in 2000 and earning MVP honours in 1999. Making history, James was the first Canadian woman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 and was recently named an Order of Hockey Honouree in 2021.

Drafted 204th overall in the 1996 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kaberle brings 14 seasons of NHL experience with him. The Rakovnik, Czechia native spent the majority of his time in the NHL with the Maple Leafs, while also making stops in Boston where he became a Stanley Cup Champion in 2011, Carolina, and Montreal. In 984 NHL games, Kaberle recorded 87 goals and 476 assists for 563 points. Internationally, Kaberle represented the Czech Republic, now known as Czechia, on numerous occasions. He is a four-time Olympian, winning Bronze at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Kaberle also represented the Czechia at the World Championships on four separate occasions, winning Gold in 2005 and Silver in 2006. Kaberle’s son Lukas is currently playing in the GTHL with the U12 Vaughan Kings.

Stewart, a GTHL alumnus, brings six NHL seasons spent with the Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers, and Carolina Hurricanes. Prior to his professional career, the former North York Canadien notched 100 points in 34 games in his Under-15 season. Stewart then went on to enjoy a successful major junior career with the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, a team that he captained for two seasons. The first round pick of the Panthers in the 2003 NHL Draft also experienced success at the international level, capturing silver and gold with Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Stewart, in addition to being the Chairman of Hockey Equality, is also the President of the Kitchener-Waterloo Siskins Jr. B Club and head coach of the U11 Markham Majors.

To view the rosters for the 2024 GTHL Top Prospects Game fuelled by Gatorade, click here.  

About the Greater Toronto Hockey League  

Founding in 1911, the GTHL is a non-profit organization and the largest minor hockey league in the world. The GTHL registers more than 40,000 annual participants in Markham, Mississauga, Toronto, and Vaughan. The purpose of the GTHL is to govern organized hockey for youth within its jurisdiction, and to foster participation that reflects the cultural demographic of the League’s territory while promoting an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all participants.

For more information, please contact:  

Stephanie Coratti | Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing  
Greater Toronto Hockey League

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