WHL U.S. Prospects Camps
2018 WHL U.S. Prospects Camp
2018 U.S. Prospects Camp Video
Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is now accepting applications for the 12th annual WHL U.S. Prospects Camp, scheduled for April 14 – 16, 2018, in Anaheim, California. This is a unique opportunity for 2003-born U.S. hockey players to participate in scrimmages, on/off-ice skills and fitness tests with other top-ranked players.
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 final evaluation opportunity conducted by the WHL in the United States prior to the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. All of the WHL’s 22 Member Clubs will have their General Manager or Head Scout in attendance to evaluate players at the Prospects Camp.
Testing results will be entered into a WHL database that will allow players to view their results online and compare their scores to other players within their age category (2003) across western Canada and the western United States.
“The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp provides our WHL Clubs with the opportunity to evaluate top prospects 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 hockey players every opportunity to learn more about the benefits of playing in the Western Hockey League, including details on our WHL Scholarship.”
The camp will begin Saturday morning, April 14, and will conclude mid-afternoon on Monday, April 16. During this period, players will participate in three scrimmages, a practice, and Nutrition Seminar, and a WHL Prospects Information Session, where players and their families will learn about the benefits of playing Major Junior hockey – the highest level in the Canadian system. WHL Head Coaches and trainers will serve behind the benches of each camp team and the WHL will also be sending WHL referees to officiate the games. The WHL Combine Team, operated by Okanagan Hockey Schools, will conduct the off-ice and on-ice combine testing utilizing the SportTesting Inc. technology platform.
ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION INFORMATION
The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp is open to U.S. Residents born in 2003, 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).
Over the coming weeks, the WHL will continue to accept applications, and from the pool of players, WHL Scouts will invite 84 players to attend the WHL U.S. Prospects Camp. This camp is by invitation only. Those who receive official invitations will be asked to submit payment for the camp ($325 USD) to the WHL. Please do not submit payment until you receive a formal invitation from the WHL Office.
For those players interested in participating in this year’s WHL U.S. Prospects Camp, please complete the Online Player Application Form by February 25, 2018
*Attending this camp does not affect a player’s NCAA eligibility, nor does speaking with WHL Office or Club staff.
About the Western Hockey League
The Western Hockey League started with just seven teams based in the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta in 1966. The WHL now has representation in all four western Canadian provinces and U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. The WHL consists of 22 Member Clubs with 17 based in Canadian markets and five in the U.S. Pacific northwest. The WHL is a member of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), whose membership is comprised of three Major Junior hockey leagues: Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). At the conclusion of each League’s playoffs, the CHL hosts the MasterCard Memorial Cup, which is a National Championship tournament involving each League champion in addition to the tournament host Club. For further information, please visit WHL.ca.
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Manager, Hockey Operations
Western Hockey League
Background on the WHL
Background on the WHL
THE FOLLOWING IS BACKGROUND ON THE WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE (WHL):
- Established in 1966 and now in its 52nd season, the WHL is the world’s finest development League for players in the junior age (Under-21) category.
- The WHL currently consists of 22 member franchises – five in the U.S. (Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Spokane, Everett and Tri-City; Washington) and 17 in Western Canada.
- The WHL is a member of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) whose membership is comprised of three Major Junior hockey leagues: Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). At the conclusion of each League’s playoffs, the CHL hosts the Memorial Cup; a national Championship tournament involving each League Champion and the tournament host.
- The WHL and the Canadian Hockey League level of play – Major Junior – is classified as the top category of hockey in the Canadian system.
- The WHL has been a leading supplier to the NHL for 50 years, including 7 first round draft picks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. This season (2017-18) over 20% of NHL players are WHL graduates.
- Many of the top NHL players in the game today got their start in the WHL including Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), Shea Weber (Montreal Canadiens), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers), Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks), Milan Lucic (Edmonton Oilers), Mathew Barzal (New York Islanders) along with American products Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets), Seth Jones (Portland Winterhawks) and Brandon Carlo (Boston Bruins).
- Currently, WHL rosters (23 players per Club on average) consist primarily of players from Western Canada. In addition to American-born players, the WHL permits each Club to have two (2) European Import Players on their active rosters.
- There currently are 38 U.S. players participating in the WHL during the 2017-18 season.
- The WHL Scholarship program is the finest in North America. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a full year guaranteed Scholarship which includes tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of their choice. Each year, the WHL awards over 400 scholarships to current and graduate players. In addition, while playing in the WHL, players receive financial assistance for education expenses – such as high school tutoring or fees for post-secondary courses – to ensure players reach their academic potential.
COMPLETE LIST OF ACTIVE NHL PLAYERS ON WESTERN U.S. NHL CLUBS:
|Ryan Getzlaf||C||Calgary Hitmen||2001-2005|
|Kevin Connauton||D||Vancouver Giants||2009-2010|
|Jordan Martinook||LW||Vancouver Giants||2010-2012|
|Luke Schenn||D||Kelowna Rockets||2005-2008|
|Blake Comeau||LW||Kelowna Rockets||2002-2006|
|Tyson Barrie||D||Kelowna Rockets||2006-2011|
|Jamie Benn||LW||Kelowna Rockets||2007-2009|
|Julius Honka||D||Swift Current Broncos||2013-2014|
|Martin Hanzal||C||Red Deer Rebels||2006-2007|
|Dan Hamhuis||D||Prince George Cougars||1998-2002|
|Tyler Pitlick||C||Medicine Hat Tigers||2010-2011|
Los Angels Kings
|Darcy Kuemper||G||Saskatoon Blades||2007-2011|
|Red Deer Rebels|
|Nino Niederreiter||RW||Portland Winterhawks||2009-2011|
|Matt Dumba||D||Red Deer Rebels||2010-2013|
|Jared Spurgeon||D||Spokane Chiefs||2005-2010|
|Devan Dubnyk||G||Kamloops Blazers||2001-2006|
|Tyler Ennis||LW||Medicine Hat Tigers||2005-2009|
San Jose Sharks
|Brendan Dillon||D||Seattle Thunderbirds||2007-2011|
|Martin Jones||G||Calgary Hitmen||2006-2010|
Vegas Golden Knights
|Deryk Engelland||D||Moose Jaw Warriors||1998-2003|
|Brayden Mcnabb||D||Kootenay ICE||2007-2011|
|Luca Sbisa||D||Lethbridge Hurricans Portland Winterhawks||2007-2010|
|Clayton Stoner||D||Tri-City Americans||2002-2005|
|Shea Theodore||D||Seattle Thunderbirds||2002-2005|
|Brendan Leipsic||C||Portland Winterwaks||2010-2014|
|Cody Eakin||C||Swift Current Broncos Kootenay ICE||2006-2011|
Current U.S. WHL Players
Current U.S. WHL Players
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE 39 U.S. PLAYERS
PARTICIPATING IN THE WHL FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON:
|Weinger||Evan||4/18/97||El Segundo||CA||RW||Brandon Wheatkings|
|Thompson||Baron||2/10/99||Lakeville||MN||RW||Brandon Wheat Kings|
|Hartje||Chase||12/17/99||Bemidjii||MN||D||Brandon Wheat Kings|
|Scott||Todd||5/23/00||Albertville||MN||G||Edmonton Oil kings|
|Porter||James||4/9/00||Bonners Ferry||ID||G||Kelowna Rockets|
|Baer||Alec||8/25/97||St. Louis Park||MN||RW||Kootenay ICE|
|Lockner||Bryan||4/4/00||Windsor||CO||RW||Medicine Hat Tigers|
|Craven||Joel||6/27/00||Whitefish||MT||D||Medicine Hat Tigers|
|Bullion||Michael||5/24/97||Anchorage||AK||G||Medicine Hat Tigers|
|Gally||Dalton||1/26/98||New Braunfels||TX||D||Medicine Hat Tigers|
|Gricius||Jake||10/13/99||Colorado Springs||CO||C||Portland Winterhawks|
|Overhardt||Alex||1/15/97||Cherry Hills||CO||C||Portland Winterhawks|
|Krivokrasov||Nikita||12/23/00||Westminster||CO||RW||Prince Albert Raiders|
|Masella||Jeremy||2/16/99||Phoenix||AZ||D||Prince Albert Raiders|
|Bethune||Jared||1/20/97||Warroad||MN||LW||Prince George Cougars|
|DiLaura||Isaiah||6/18/00||Lakeville||MN||G||Prince George Cougars|
|Gerlach||Max||4/4/98||Flower Mound||TX||RW||Saskatoon Blades|
- Where do the players come from?
The Western Hockey League’s (WHL) 22 Member Clubs are located throughout Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S.. Players who reside in the Western Canadian provinces of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, and the Western U.S. states of 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 (CHL) to the WHL. Players are eligible to be drafted or placed on the protected list of a WHL Member Club. Top level players develop in the system through the various leagues and in the year of their 16th birthday, become eligible to play in the WHL on a full time basis. Players can continue to play in the WHL until the year of their 20th birthday, after which their junior eligibility expires and they graduate from the Major Junior ranks.
- How does a player become eligible to play in the Western Hockey League?
Each of the 22 member Clubs in the WHL has a 50 player protected list that includes current roster players as well as players projected to be on the team’s roster in the future. Once placed on the list of a member Club, a player must play with that WHL Club if he wishes to play at the Major Junior level. The first opportunity to list players is in the year of their 15th birthday. The WHL conducts the WHL Bantam Draft of players turning 15 in that calendar year which is the first date that a WHL Club can add a player to their protected lists. Any players who are not listed at that time, can be added to a WHL Club’s protected list until the year of their 20th birthday. If the WHL Club’s list is filled with 50 players and they wish to add a player, they must first release a player from their protected list. Players released from a protected list are free to be added by any other WHL Club after a seven day waiting period. Players must appear on a team’s list in order to play a WHL regular season or playoff game.
- Will a WHL Club contact the family when they make changes to their WHL Player Protected Lists?
Yes. If a player is added or removed from a WHL Player Protected List, the WHL Club is required to notify the family within 24 hours.
- Can players that are not listed attend training camps?
Yes. WHL Club Training Camps are open to any player who receives an invitation unless the player is on another Club’s protected list. Should a non-listed player be invited to more than one Training Camp, the player may choose which Camp he prefers to attend.
- How does a player get selected in the WHL Bantam Draft?
The WHL Bantam Draft, held in late April or early May of each year, mirrors the National Hockey League Draft in that all the teams select players in inverse order based on the previous WHL Regular Season standings. WHL Clubs have extensive scouting staffs that evaluate Bantam hockey players across Western Canada and the Western United States in advance of the WHL Bantam Draft. The WHL Clubs individually rank the players eligible for the Draft and then select the players that they believe will one day play for their club in the WHL.
- What happens after a player gets selected in the WHL Bantam Draft?
After a player is chosen in the WHL Bantam Draft, the WHL Club will immediately contact the family. The player will then have the opportunity to attend the WHL Club’s Rookie or main Training Camp before returning to play Midget at home in the minor hockey system. The Camp experience provides an opportunity for the player and their family to experience the city and facilities of their WHL Club, as well as meet with teammates and members of the team staff. As well, it will provide the player an opportunity to evaluate the level of play in the WHL.
- What happens if a player is not selected in the WHL Bantam Draft?
The evaluation of player talent is an ongoing process for every WHL Club. Regardless of whether a player is or is not selected in the WHL Bantam Draft, WHL Clubs continue to evaluate players and add them to their protected lists if they display potential to play in the WHL. Many prominent NHL players, such as Shea Weber, Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan, were not selected in the WHL Bantam Draft. Over 20% of WHL current rosters are players who were not selected in the WHL Bantam Draft.
- Where do the players live?
Players are billeted with families in the centers in which they play. The players tend to bond very quickly with the billets who make the transition from living away from home that much easier. In most cases players are billeted with fellow teammates.
- Can players be traded?
Players can be traded within the WHL up until January 10th each season. All trades must be submitted and approved by the WHL Office.
- Do WHL Clubs supply equipment for its players?
Yes. Every WHL player is supplied with the highest quality of skates, sticks, and protective equipment by CHL licensed suppliers.
- How many Europeans can play in the WHL?
Each WHL Club is allowed a maximum of two non-North American import players. These import players must be drafted through the CHL Import Draft held annually in June or July.
- How many 20 year olds (overage players) can a WHL Club have on their roster?
WHL Clubs are allowed a maximum of three 20 year old players on their roster. Clubs having more than three overage players to start the season may continue to rotate them in and out of the lineup until a date determined annually in mid-October at which time they must declare the three that will remain on their roster. Other 20-year-olds become free agents and are made available to other teams in the WHL. Following that date, WHL Clubs may add an overage player, but if they already have three on their roster, then they must release one. January 10 of each year is the roster deadline and all players who are with a WHL Club on that date are there for the balance of the season.
- How does a player earn a WHL Scholarship?
For each season played in the WHL, a player is guaranteed one year of scholarship funding to a post-secondary institution of his choice up to a maximum of five years. The scholarship benefits are fully guaranteed when a player signs a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
- Can you play Canadian University Hockey after playing in the WHL?
Yes. Many former WHL players are currently playing large roles in U Sports Canadian university hockey programs. The majority of WHL graduates play in the Canada West University League, which includes the defending national champion University of Alberta Golden Bears. WHL graduate players also participate in Canadian college hockey leagues, such as the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).
- Is there any additional funding available over and above the WHL Scholarship should a WHL graduate choose to play for a U Sports or a Western Canada University hockey team?
Yes, most U Sports Canadian university hockey programs will provide additional funding over and above the WHL Scholarship. In the CWUAA, this added funding is called the Western Canada Premiere Scholarship. While the WHL Scholarship Program covers tuition and books, the University will provide additional funds to offset the WHL graduates other education costs while attending their institution. This additional financial support effectively provides the equivalent of a “full ride” to those WHL graduates playing Canadian University hockey.
- Do I have to play University hockey when using my WHL Scholarship?
No. Many WHL graduates currently attending schools all over North America, are focused solely on their studies and not playing University hockey. As well, because of the flexibility of the WHL Scholarship, many WHL graduates are attending institutions that do not have hockey programs. The WHL Scholarship is an academic scholarship and there is no requirement to play hockey. In fact, the WHL Scholarship is extremely flexible. The value of the scholarship can be applied to any career enhancing post-secondary program, including trade schools.
- How do I access my WHL Scholarship?
Once a player graduates from the WHL he will receive a WHL Scholarship information package from the WHL Office. The WHL Scholarship package is also available on the WHL intranet system – The Dub Hub. This package will include a Scholarship Processing Form and a form to submit textbook receipts. Once the player fills out the Scholarship Processing Form and submits it to the WHL Office, the institution will then be informed of his scholarship status. The school will invoice the WHL Office directly, who will then inform the player’s former WHL Club that he has activated his WHL Scholarship.
- Once I graduate from the WHL, how long do I have to access my WHL Scholarship?
You can wait one full academic year after the completion of your last season of junior eligibility to access your WHL Scholarship. For example, a 20 year old player who graduates from the WHL after the 2017-18 season has until September of 2019 (18 month period) to access his scholarship benefits. This provides the player with the option of playing in a WHL designated minor professional league (i.e., AHL, ECHL, etc.) for one (1) full season prior to determining whether he wishes to activate his WHL Scholarship.
- Does playing in the WHL affect my eligibility to play hockey for a U.S. College?
Yes. If you play a regular season game in the WHL, under NCAA rules you forfeit your U.S. College hockey (NCAA) eligibility.
- Am I able to attend a rookie camp or the main WHL Club Training Camp without compromising my NCAA eligibility?
Yes, you can attend and participate for a 48 hour period at the WHL Club’s expense. You can continue to attend following the 48 hour period and retain your NCAA eligibility provided you cover your own expenses, (meals, accommodation), etc.
- What is the NCAA “48 Hour Rule”?
Players often have concerns about how long they can attend a WHL training camp without affecting their NCAA eligibility. While a player can attend a WHL Club Training Camp for as long as desired by the WHL Club, there are limits to expenses being paid for by the WHL Club. According to the NCAA Eligibility Center’s 2009-10 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete, a player may receive actual and necessary expenses during a tryout for 48 hours, while self-financed tryouts may be for more than 48 hours.
- Am I allowed to speak with or be approached by WHL Club staff (Coaches, General Managers, Scouts, etc.), or receive recruiting materials from the WHL or one of the teams without having it affect my NCAA eligibility?
Yes. A player’s NCAA eligibility will not be impacted by contact made with WHL Club personnel. This includes contact initiated by the player or by a WHL Club. As well, players and their families are free to accept recruiting materials distributed by the WHL or any of its member Clubs.