Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League and WHL Combines are pleased to announce Dan Bonar, the Vancouver Giants’ director of scouting, will attend as the feature scout for the Winnipeg WHL Prospect Combine from March 24-25, 2018 in Winnipeg, Man.
Bonar, a native of Deloraine, Man., played three years for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the mid-1970s, totaling 312 points (162G-150A) in 211 games, paving the way for a successful career in the hockey world and life.
“I really enjoyed my junior hockey experience in Canada, including my three years with the Brandon Wheat Kings,” Bonar said. “My hope is for the kids to have the same opportunity to play in the WHL as I did and the WHL Combine is the perfect place for that opportunity to start.”
The forward’s playing days took him throughout North America, including three years with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, where he recorded 54 points (25G-39A) in 169 games between 1980 and 1983. Following his retirement, Bonar cultivated a career as a scout, working with the Calgary Hitmen for 14 seasons, including four as the director of player personnel before joining the Vancouver Giants as their director of scouting ahead of the 2017-18 season.
The WHL Prospect Combines are designed to assist minor hockey players with their skill development, exposure to the Western Hockey League, and understanding of what it takes to #ReachYourFullPotential.
Each WHL Prospect Combine is a full two-day camp, offering on- and off-ice testing (using industry-leader SportTesting equipment), development sessions, an informative presentation on the WHL with question-and-answer period, and an end-of-camp scrimmage.
“We are pleased to provide an exciting opportunity for Manitoba players to showcase their skills on the highest stage, in front of WHL scouts and general managers,” said Donnie Glennie, WHL Manager, Hockey Operations. “The data from the WHL Combines is very important for our 22 member Clubs.”
Open to players born between 2000 to 2005, these unique two-day events will utilize 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, which is shared with every WHL General Manager and Head Scout to help clubs to track and identify players.
Individual participants will receive additional benefit from the WHL Combine testing, including:
Official WHL Combines Jersey
Results Reports: individual and comparative results from the event
Progress Reports: track and compare your results and progress over time
Access to WHL Database: compare results to over 10,000 athletes tested by WHL Combines
Targeted Development: use the results to pinpoint areas of improvement, and target off-ice and on-ice training needs.
WHL Prospect Combines Schedule:
March 24-25: Winnipeg, Man.
March 31-April 1: Calgary, Alta.
April 7-8: Edmonton, Alta.
April 21-22: Regina, Sask.
June 9-10: Vancouver, BC
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.
Visit whlcombines.com or prospects.whl.ca/whl-combines for more information and to register.
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.
Choosing Okanagan Hockey Academy was one of the best decisions I have made for my development. The relationships I built with my teammates, coaches, and staff are bonds that will last a lifetime. The structure of the program on and off the ice prepared me to play junior hockey.