WHL U.S. Prospects Camp: Irvine

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The 2019 WHL US Prospects Camp: Irvine is applicable to 2004 birth years, within the WHL US territory


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Registration Now Open for 2019 WHL U.S Prospects Camp

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is now accepting applications for the 14th annual WHL U.S. Prospects Camp, scheduled for April 12 – 14, 2019, in Irvine, California. This is a unique opportunity for 2004-born U.S. hockey players to participate in scrimmages, on and 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 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. 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 (2004) 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 Friday morning, April 12, and will conclude mid-afternoon on Sunday, April 14. 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


The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp is open to U.S. Residents born in 2004, 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, the WHL will invite 84 players as selected by WHL Scouts 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 ($350 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 20, 2019

*Attending this camp does not affect a player’s NCAA eligibility, nor does speaking with WHL Office or Club staff.

For further information, please contact:

Zach Hodder

Manager, Player Development
Western Hockey League
Phone: 403-693-3058
Fax: 403-693-3031

Background on the WHL

Background on the WHL


  • Established in 1966 and now in its 53rd 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.


Current U.S. WHL Players

Current U.S. WHL Players



Last First Birthdate Hometown ST POS 2018-19 Team
Hartje Chase 17-Dec-99 Bemidji MN D Brandon Wheat Kings
Thompson Baron 10-Feb-99 Lakeville MN RW Brandon Wheat Kings
Campbell Hunter 27-Jan-01 Everett WA RW Calgary Hitmen
Kastelic Mark 11-Mar-99 Phoenix AZ C Calgary Hitmen
Stankowski Carl 9-Mar-00 Laguna Hills CA G Calgary Hitmen
Lawson Aidan 21-Mar-01 Providence UT D Edmonton Oil Kings
Scott Todd 23-May-01 Albertville MN G Edmonton Oil Kings
Wylie Wyatte 2-Nov-99 Everett WA D Everett Silvertips
Butt Dawson 8-Aug-00 Buckley WA RW Everett Silvertips
Ormsby Luke 14-Feb-99 Everett WA RW Everett Silvertips
Wolf Dustin 16-Apr-01 Tustin CA G Everett Silvertips
Foote Nolan 29-Nov-00 Engelwood CO LW Kelowna Rockets
Gally Dalton 26-Jan-98 Eagle River AK D Kelowna Rockets
Porter James 9-Apr-00 Bonners Ferry ID G Kelowna Rockets
Steffler Devin 14-Jul-00 Durango CO D Kelowna Rockets
Hausinger Cameron 12-Jan-99 Anchorage AK RW Kootenay Ice
Craven Joel 27-Jun-00 Whitefish MT D Medicine Hat Tigers
Lockner Brian 4-Mar-00 Windsor CO RW Medicine Hat Tigers
Gricius Jake 13-Oct-99 Colorado Springs CO C Portland Winterhawks
Hanas Cross 5-Jan-02 Highland Village TX LW Portland Winterhawks
Hanus Clayton 25-Mar-01 Excelsior MN D Portland Winterhawks
Mannek Mason 10-Apr-00 Herriman UT C Portland Winterhawks
Perna Nicholas 4-Aug-01 Dallas TX G Portland Winterhawks
Masella Jeremy 16-Feb-99 Phoenix AZ D Prince Albert Raiders
Dilaura Isaiah 18-Jun-00 Lakeville MN G Prince George Cougars
Kohner Mitchell 11-Feb-02 Rosemount MN RW Prince George Cougars
Pratt Austin 30-Jul-99 Lakeville MN RW Regina Pats
Wright Garrett 17-Apr-01 Mesa AZ LW Regina Pats
Gerlach Max 4-Apr-98 Flower Mound TX RW Saskatoon Blades
McGrew Jake 25-Feb-99 Orange CA RW Spokane Chiefs
Atchison Erik 26-Jul-02 Las Vegas NV C Spokane Chiefs
Gallagher Lucas 18-Jul-00 Spokane WA D Spokane Chiefs
McGrew Jacob 25-Feb-99 Orange CA RW Spokane Chiefs
Johnson Isaac 24-Jan-99 Andover MN LW Tri-City Americans
Watts Brayden 21-Feb-99 Bakersfield CA RW Vancouver Giants
Svejkovsky Lukas 23-Nov-01 Point Roberts WA RW Vancouver Giants
Gould Brock 11-Dec-01 Colorado Springs CO G Victoria Royals
Kambeitz Dino 25-Jan-00 Parker CO RW Victoria Royals



Anaheim Ducks
Name Pos. Team(s) Years
Ryan Getzlaf C Calgary Hitmen 2001-2005
Sam Steel C Regina Pats 2013-2018
Luke Schenn D Kelowna Rockets 2005-2008
Arizona Coyotes
Name Pos. Team(s)  Years 
Kevin Connauton D Vancouver Giants 2009-2010
Darcy Kuemper G Red Deer Rebels 2010-2012
Michael Grabner RW Spokane Chiefs 2004-2007
Colorado Avalanche
Name Pos.  Years
Matt Calvert LW/RW Brandon Wheat Kings 2007-2010
Tyson Barrie D Kelowna Rockets 2006-2011
Dallas Stars
Name Pos.  Team(s) Years 
Jamie Benn LW Kelowna Rockets 2007-2009
Julius Honka D Swift Current Broncos 2013-2014
Martin Hanzal C Red Deer Rebels 2006-2007
Blake Comeau LW/RW Kelowna Rockets 2002-2006
Tyler Pitlick C Medicine Hat Tigers 2010-2011
Roman Polak D Kootenay Ice 2004-2005
Anton Khudobin G Saskatoon Blades 2005-2006
Los Angeles Kings
Name Pos.  Team(s) Years 
Dion Phaneuf D Red Deer Rebels 2001-2005
Nate Thompson C/LW Seattle Thunderbirds 2001-2005
Austin Wagner LW Regina Pats 2012-2017
Jaret Anderson-Dolan C Spokane Chiefs 2014-2018
Minnesota Wild
Name Pos. Team(s) Years
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
Eric Fehr C/RW Brandon Wheat Kings 2001-2005
San Jose Sharks
Name Pos. Team(s) Years
Brendan Dillon D Seattle Thunderbirds 2007-2011
Martin Jones G Calgary Hitmen 2006-2010
Evander Kane RW Vancouver Giants 2007-2009
Rourke Chartier C Kelowna Rockets 2012-2016
Vegas Golden Knights
Name Pos. Team(s) Years
Deryk Engelland D Moose Jaw Warriors 1998-2003
Brayden Mcnabb D Kootenay ICE 2007-2011
Ryan Reaves RW Brandon Wheat Kings 2004-2007
Cody Eakin C Swift Current Broncos Kootenay ICE 2006-2011
Nick Holden D Chilliwack Bruins 2006-2008
Shea Theodore D Seattle Thunderbirds 2010-2015



  • 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.