(ISN) – Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is now accepting applications for the tenth annual WHL U.S. Combine Camp powered by Under Armour in Anaheim, California from April 17-19, 2015. This will mark the second consecutive year that Under Armour will be the title sponsor of the event.
The WHL U.S. Combine Camp provides a unique opportunity for American-born hockey players to participate with other top-ranked players born in 2000 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. All of the WHL’s 22 Member Clubs will have their General Manager or Head Scout in attendance to evaluate players in scrimmages on their ability to play in one of the world’s finest development League for junior aged players.
“The WHL U.S. Combine 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. Combine Camp features three scrimmages, one practice, 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. In addition, the camp will also feature combine testing administered by the Okanagan Hockey Group and Sport Testing Inc. The Combine will include on-ice and off-ice testing, where players’ results will be entered into a database for all WHL scouts. Players will also be able to view their results online and compare their scores to other players within their age category across Western Canada and the Western United States.
WHL Head Coaches will run the benches of each camp team. Past camp coaches featured Don Hay (Kamloops Blazers), Don Nachbaur (Spokane Chiefs), Mark Holick (Prince George Cougars), and Mike Williamson (Tri-City Americans). The WHL will also be sending WHL referees to officiate the games.
The WHL U.S. Combine Camp is open only to U.S. Residents born in 2000, who live in the Western United States (all Western U.S. States along with Minnesota and Alaska). Of the nearly 50 American-born players currently on WHL rosters, the majority attended a WHL U.S. Combine Camp. Of the 79 draft eligible players who attended the WHL U.S. Combine Camp in 2014, 22 of them were selected in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
A number of American-born players are some of the WHL’s biggest stars today including Chase De Leo (La Mirada, CA / Portland Winterhawks), Brandon Carlo (Colorado Springs, CO / Tri-City Americans) and Tommy Vannelli (Minnetonka, MN / Medicine Hat Tigers). All chose to play in the WHL as it offers the best education and professional hockey opportunities.
For more information on how to apply for the WHL U.S. Combine Camp, please visit www.whl.ca/prospects.