Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League will be hosting the ninth annual WHL U.S. Prospects Camp in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Ice facility from April 11-13, 2014.
The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp provides a unique opportunity for U.S. born hockey players to participate with other top ranked 1999 born players in the only evaluation camp conducted by the Western Hockey League in the U.S. this season. 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. Virtually all of the WHL’s 22 Member Clubs will have their General Manager or Head Scout in attendance to evaluate player’s ability to play in one of the world’s finest development League for junior aged players.
“The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp provides our WHL Clubs with the opportunity to evaluate top prospects from throughout the western United States who are eligible for this year’s WHL Bantam Draft,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, “It is important we provide these young prospects every opportunity to learn more about the benefits of playing in the Western Hockey League, including details on our WHL Scholarship Program.”
The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp is open only to U.S. Residents born in 1999, who live in the Western United States (all U.S. States west of the Mississippi River and Alaska). Of the over 40 U.S. born players currently on WHL rosters, the majority attended a WHL U.S. Prospects Camp.
WHL Head Coaches will run the benches of each camp team. In past years the camp has featured Don Hay (Vancouver Giants), Ryan Huska (Kelowna Rockets), Mike Williamson (Calgary Hitmen) and Derek Laxdal (Edmonton Oil Kings). Current California bantam coaches will also attend the camp, serving as assistant coaches during the weekend.
The WHL U.S. Prospect Camp also features a WHL Prospects Information Session, where players and their families will learn about the benefits of playing Major Junior hockey in Canada. In addition to the information session, the camp will also feature WHL Combine testing. The WHL Combine will include on-ice and off-ice testing, where player’s results will be entered into a database for all WHL scouts.
For those players interested in participating in this year’s camp, please complete the Player Registration Form and submit it to the WHL Office by February 26th, 2014:
Attn: Kirt Hill
Manager, Player Development and Recruitment
Western Hockey League
2014 WHL U.S. Prospect Camp Player Application Form CLICK HERE
2014 WHL U.S. Prospect Camp Schedule (TBD)
Team rosters, finalized schedules, and other camp information will become available in the near future.