Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is now accepting applications for the 13th annual WHL U.S. Prospects Camp, scheduled for April 14 – 16, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. This is a unique opportunity for 2003-born U.S. hockey players to participate in scrimmages, on/off-ice skills and fitness tests with other top-ranked players.
The WHL is the largest Major Junior hockey league in North America and is a leading supplier of player talent to the National Hockey League. This will be the final evaluation opportunity conducted by the WHL in the United States prior to the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. All of the WHL’s 22 member Clubs will have their General Manager or Head Scout in attendance to evaluate players at the Prospects Camp.
Testing results will be entered into a WHL database that will allow players to view their results online and compare their scores to other players within their age category (2003) across western Canada and the western United States.
“The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp provides our WHL Clubs with the opportunity to evaluate top prospects throughout the western United States who are eligible for this year’s WHL Bantam Draft,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “It is important we provide these young hockey players every opportunity to learn more about the benefits of playing in the Western Hockey League, including details on our WHL Scholarship.”
The camp will begin Saturday, April 14, and will conclude mid-afternoon on Monday, April 16. During the camp, players will participate in three scrimmages, a practice, a nutrition seminar, and a WHL Prospects Information Session, where players and their families will learn about the benefits of playing Major Junior hockey – the highest level in the Canadian system.
WHL Head Coaches and trainers will serve behind the benches of each camp team and the WHL will also be sending WHL referees to officiate the games. The WHL Combine Team, operated by Okanagan Hockey Schools, will conduct on- and off-ice combine testing utilizing the SportTesting Inc. technology platform.
ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION INFORMATION
The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp is open to U.S. Residents born in 2003, living in the western United States (all western U.S. States including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are within the protected territory designated by the Canadian Hockey League to the WHL).
Over the coming weeks, the WHL will continue to accept applications, and from the pool of players, WHL Scouts will invite 84 players to attend the WHL U.S. Prospects Camp. This camp is by invitation only. Those who receive official invitations will be asked to submit payment for the camp ($325 USD) to the WHL.
Please do not submit payment until you receive a formal invitation from the WHL Office.
For those players interested in participating in this year’s WHL U.S. Prospects Camp, please complete the Online Player Application Form by February 25, 2018, by REGISTERING HERE.
For more information, visit the WHL U.S. Combine Website: http://prospects.whl.ca/us-prospects-camp
*Attending this camp does not affect a player’s NCAA eligibility, nor does speaking with WHL Office or Club staff.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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