CALGARY, Alta. – The Western Hockey League (WHL), in partnership with the Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) and Sport Testing Inc. have announced the 2019 WHL Prospect Skills Combine schedule for Western Canada, beginning March 30-31 in Winnipeg, Man.
Over the past five seasons, between the WHL Prospect Skills Combines and the other WHL Combine initiatives, the program has tested over 25,000 players. Designed to assist minor hockey players with their skill development, ability assessment, and provide exposure to the WHL, all participants will experience:
• WHL Combine On-Ice Testing
• WHL Combine Off-Ice Testing
• WHL On-Ice Development Session
• WHL Off-Ice Development Session
• WHL Information Presentation with Q&A
• Official WHL Combines Jersey
• End of Camp Game
These unique two-day events will provide players with a wide variety of on and off ice development information and resource. In addition, players will gain a better understanding of their current abilities with the WHL Combines Results Package. Following the WHL Combine Standard Tests, the same testing done at the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January. Test results will be entered into the exclusive WHL Combines database that is shared and used by WHL clubs to track and identify players.
Individual participants will receive also receive their very own WHL Combine’s account, with unique online access, which includes:
• Results Reports: individual and comparative results from the combine
• Progress Reports: track and compare your results and progress over time
• Access to WHL Database: compare results to over 25,000 athletes tested by WHL Combines
• Targeted Development: use the results to pinpoint areas of improvement, and target off-ice and on-ice development needs
The WHL Prospect Skills Combines will be open to players born from 2004 to 2007.
WHL Prospect Skills Combine Schedule:
March 30-31: Winnipeg, Man.
May 4-5: Edmonton, Alta.
May 11-12: Regina, Sask.
May 25-27: Calgary, Alta.
June 1-2: Vancouver, B.C.
The WHL Combines are operated on behalf of the WHL by the Penticton-based Okanagan Hockey Group, an international leader in hockey school instructional programs and hockey academics. Under its agreement with the WHL, OHG will provide the highest quality instructors and testing personnel for each WHL Combine.
The testing systems for the WHL Combines will be supplied by Sport Testing Inc., a Toronto-based global leader in sport testing systems. The Sport Testing Inc. technology includes the most advanced athlete testing solution in the industry today. Sport Testing is currently being used by a number of NHL teams in their player development programs. It is also being used all over the world by a number of different players which those testing at the WHL Combines program can use their results to compare to.
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.