The Western Prospects Bantam Showcase is a pre-season showcase and evaluation camp exclusive to players born in 2006. This highly competitive event attracts dedicated individuals, who will be eligible for the 2021 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. This event allows 2006’s the opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities prior to the 2020-21 hockey season and make that all important “first impression” in front of WHL General Managers, Scouts and Coaches in a high performance, elite environment. Not only will players gain important exposure and experience, but we wish to educate you and your parents on all aspects of junior hockey, and what you can be doing to prepare.
When: July 6-10, 2020
Where: Penticton BC
Age: Exclusive to 2006 birth years
Please note: Applicants should be currently playing at a AAA, AA (Tier 1 & 2) level to be considered.
Goalie applications will be reviewed and participants notified upon acceptance.
As you complete your bantam eligibility, you face the opportunity to be selected in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The Western Prospects Bantam Showcase will allow you to go head-to-head with other 2006’s from across Western Canada and the United States who are also entering their Bantam Draft year. In previous camps, players have displayed their talents in front of personnel from Western Hockey League teams. In addition we have seen a variety of scouts, coaches and managers from a number of different leagues, which include Junior ‘A’, Junior ‘B’, Midget ‘AAA’ and Prep Schools.
History indicates there will be scouts in attendance in 2020. There is no other camp that gives one single age group the opportunity to be the complete focus. Western Prospects Bantam Showcase staff will provide players our undivided attention and give the opportunity to “show their stuff” against their peers.
The Western Prospects Bantam Showcase also includes WHL Combine Testing. WHL Combine Testing consists of on-ice and off-ice testing sessions featuring the same comprehensive tests performed at all WHL Combine Testing events including the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, WHL Team Testing, Provincial High Performance Camps, the WHL U.S. Combine Camp powered by Under Armour, and more.
WHL Combine Testing will also provide the following take-aways:
Athlete Report: individual athlete results and combine comparative results to peers
Sport Pulse: progress report comparing all historical individual athlete results
Access to WHL Database: compare your results to over 10,000 athletes tested with WHL Combines
Access to Sport Testing Database: compare your results to over 25,000 athletes tested with SportTesting. Use your results to track your development progress, highlight areas of weakness, and target your off-ice/ on-ice training needs
All WHL Combine results are entered into the WHL Database and sent directly to all WHL General Manager and Head Scouts to track and identify prospective players
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.