Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League, in association with the Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) and Sport Testing Inc., have announced the 2020 WHL Development Combine schedule for Western Canada, beginning March 27 to 29 in Winnipeg, Man.
Over the past five seasons, between the WHL Development Combines and the other WHL Combine initiatives, the program has tested more than 25,000 players. WHL Development Combines are designed to assist minor hockey players with their skill development, ability assessment, and provide exposure to the WHL.
“We have designed the WHL Development Combines so that players are introduced to every aspect of player development,” said WHL Manager of Player Development Zach Hodder. “Players will have on and off ice testing as well as development sessions on ice.
“There will be information seminars where they will learn about the WHL as well as other topics such as fitness and nutrition, mental training, player development and the qualities that WHL scouts look for in players.”
These unique two-and-a-half day events will provide players with a wide variety of on and off ice development information and resources. 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 Kubota 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 account, with unique online access, which includes:
“The WHL Development Combines provide players with a unique player development experience where they will measure themselves through standardized testing protocols,” said Okanagan Hockey Group Combines Manager George Cochrane. “The ability to compare results and identify areas of weakness will enable players to take their game to the next level as they strive to play at the highest possible level.”
The WHL Development Combines will be open to players born from 2005 to 2009.
WHL Prospect Skills Combine Schedule:
March 27-29: Winnipeg, Man.
May 8-10: Edmonton, Alta.
May 22-24: Saskatoon, Sask.
May 29-31: Calgary, Alta.
June 5-7: Vancouver, B.C.
The WHL Development 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 Development Combines will be supplied by Sport Testing Inc., a Toronto-based global leader in sport testing systems. This technology includes the most advanced athlete testing solution in the industry today. Sport Testing Inc. is currently being used by a number of NHL teams in their player development programs. It is also being used around the world, with those testing at the WHL Development Combines program able to compare their results globally.
For more information including descriptive videos, virtual WHL Combine, Sample Schedule, & to Register;
Visit https://okanaganhockey.com/whl-combines/whl-development-combines/ or https://prospects.whl.ca/whl-prospect-combine-2020/
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.
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.