Gerrits named WHL Combine Manager

Apr 22, 2014

Okanagan Hockey School and the Western Hockey League are pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Gerrits as the WHL Combine Manager. 

WHL_Combine_Camps_Logo0407x.jpgGerrits started in the position on Monday April 14th, 2014 and will be attending the upcoming combine in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 26th and 27th. 

“We are very pleased to have Mike join our organization and take on this exciting opportunity,” stated OHS President Andy Oakes. “Mike’s background in hockey administration and scouting makes him a great fit for the position.”

Gerrits has a diverse background working in the game throughout Western Canada, including working full-time for Hockey Canada and BC Hockey developing and implementing coach and player development programs.

In addition, Gerrits has been involved in BC Hockey’s Under-16 and Under-17 Male High Performance Programs for the past 15-years which includes a role as the Director of Operations for Team Pacific, winning a silver medal in 2009 at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with then-WHL players such as: Brett Connolly, Brendan Gallagher, Mark Pysyk, and Max Reinhart. 

Most recently, after working as a member of the Seattle Thunderbirds scouting staff, Gerrits spent three years scouting in the NHL with a focus on amateur free agents playing in the CHL.

The WHL Combine Camps are held throughout Western Canada and the United States and consist of a full day of on and off-ice testing, instructional tips, a player development seminar, and a presentation on the WHL player experience.  The Camps are open to 1997-2001 born players. All WHL Clubs will have access to the test results for scouting purposes.

For more information on the WHL Combines please visit: okanaganhockey.com/whl-combines

For direct inquiries please contact us at 250-493-1408 ext 3363 Toll Free at 1.888.844.6611 ext 3363, or by emailing ohs@hockeyschools.com

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