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McDonald won't coach in Top Prospects Game after all

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Lanny McDonaldBruce Bennett, Getty Images

According to the Calgary Hitmen website on Thursday, Calgary Flames hockey hall of famer Lanny McDonald is having to step down as head coach for Team Orr at the 2014 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game in Calgary on January 15 because of personal reasons.

McDonald will be replaced by former Calgary Flames' right wing Tim Hunter, who was originally supposed to be the assistant coach for Jim Peplinski on Team Cherry.

More assistant coaches have also been added to the game. Former Calgary Flames' right wing Mark Hunter, who is currently the General Manager of the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights and is not related to Tim Hunter, is going to be an assistant coach for Team Cherry.

Other assistants named Thursday are Sportsnet's Doug MacLean and Nick Kypreos. MacLean is a former head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers, while Kypreos was an NHL enforcer with Washington, Hartford, Toronto and the NY Rangers from 1990-1997. Kypreos will be part of Team Cherry and MacLean will be part of Team Orr.

The game is to highlight the Top Prospects available for the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft.