Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is now accepting registrations for the 2019 WHL U.S. Prospect Skills Combine: Dallas, scheduled for May 17-19, 2019, and to be hosted by the Dallas Stars and the Dr. Pepper StarCenter – Farmers Branch. This is a unique opportunity for 2005-2008 born U.S. hockey players to gain WHL information and exposure by participating in on/off-ice WHL Combine Testing, on/off-ice development, and scrimmages with other top-ranked players.
Players can register for the camp online here.
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 first evaluation opportunity conducted by the WHL in the United States. The WHL U.S. Prospect Skills Combine: Dallas will serve as the first point of exposure for aspiring WHL U.S. Prospects, and provide the opportunity to increase your chances of being accepted to participate in the WHL U.S. Prospects Camp: Irvine. A pre-WHL Bantam Draft showcase attended by all 22 WHL Clubs, and integral resource for WHL Bantam Draft selection of top U.S. Prospects.
“The WHL is very excited to host a WHL U.S. Prospect Skills Combine in Dallas in partnership with the Dallas Stars Organization,” said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “WHL U.S. Prospect Skills Combine: Dallas will provide prospects in the U.S. an opportunity to learn more about the WHL, the world’s leading development league for junior-age players”.
Testing results from the WHL U.S. Prospect Skills Combine: Dallas will be entered into the WHL database and will be shared with all WHL General Managers and Head Scouts. Participants will also be given individual account access where they can view their own results including event comparisons, progress reports of all historical WHL Combine participation, and receive access to the WHL Database to filter results by age and compare scores to over 12,000 players tested across Western Canada and the western United States.
“We are thrilled to host the WHL again and aid in providing a platform for our local athletes to gain exposure to the largest Junior hockey league in North America,” said Dallas Stars Director of Amateur Hockey Lucas Reid. “The WHL has a continued pedigree of excellence and we’re happy to help provide young players an opportunity to witness that first hand.”
The camp will begin the evening of Friday, May 17, and will conclude the evening of Sunday May 19. The 2019 WHL U.S. Prospect Skills Combine: Dallas will feature:
Throughout the course of the weekend, players and their families will learn about the benefits of playing Major Junior hockey – the highest level in the Canadian system. Athlete testing will be completed by the WHL Combines, a working partnership between the WHL & Okanagan Hockey Group, utilizing the global leading SportTesting Inc. technology platform. The WHL U.S. Prospect Skills Combine: Dallas will contain multiple participant groups, strategically separated by the WHL, based on date of birth.
The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp: Dallas is open to U.S. Residents born in 2005-2008, playing high-level competitive hockey, and currently 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).
*Attending this camp does not affect a player’s NCAA eligibility, nor does speaking with WHL Office or Club staff.
For more information, and to register, click here.
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.
Playing at OHA was great. I had great billet families and made great relationships with people I still keep in touch with. It was a really good learning experience for me being away from home playing hockey, which set me up to go play junior.