The Western Hockey League announced today the rosters and staff for the 2017 WHL U.S. Prospects Camp, which will be held at the Anaheim Ice Facility in Anaheim, Calif., from April 22 to 24, 2017.
The U.S. Prospects Camp marks the 12th consecutive year the WHL has hosted a camp focusing on American-born prospects. The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp in Anaheim will provide a unique opportunity for American-born hockey players to participate with other top-ranked 2002-born players in an evaluation camp conducted by the WHL in the U.S. this season.
David Anning (Head Coach, Brandon Wheat Kings), Dean Brockman (Head Coach, Saskatoon Blades), Don Hay (Head Coach, Kamloops Blazers) and Luke Pierce (Head Coach, Kootenay ICE) will serve as coaches for the 2017 WHL U.S. Prospects Camp.
Four teams of American-born WHL prospects will participate in a WHL Prospects and team practice on Day 1, followed by a total of three games split between Day 2 and Day 3. All players will also have the opportunity to participate in a WHL Combine, WHL Information Session and a Nutrition Seminar.
The WHL coaches on staff bring a wealth of knowledge and a diverse range of experience to the WHL U.S. Prospects Camp. Anning recently completed his first season as Head Coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings after spending three seasons with the team as an assistant coach. Brockman recently completed his first season as Head Coach of the Saskatoon Blades after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons. Hay recently completed his third season in his second stint as Head Coach with the Kamloops Blazers. He is the second all-time winningest coach in WHL and Canadian Hockey League history while serving for 18 seasons as a head coach. Pierce recently completed his second season as Head Coach of the Kootenay ICE after serving as General Manager and Head Coach of the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League.
Duane Bartley (Prince Albert Raiders) and Rogan Dean (Edmonton Oil Kings) will attend the camp to provide equipment and athletic therapy services throughout. WHL Officials Ward Pateman and Duncan Brow will officiate the event to WHL standards.
The WHL represents the highest level of amateur hockey for junior-aged players in Canada and the western United States. It is a leading supplier of player talent to the National Hockey League and Canadian university hockey. Virtually all of the WHL’s 22 member Clubs will be in attendance to evaluate players’ abilities and potential to compete at the WHL level. The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp also features an information session where players and families will learn about the benefits of playing in the WHL, including the WHL Scholarship.
The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp is open only to U.S. residents born in 2002 who live in the western United States, including Alaska. Of the over 50 American-born players currently on WHL rosters, the majority attended a WHL U.S. Prospects Camp in previous years.
Players in attendance at the Camp will have access to combine results and the opportunity to compare results with players in their age group as well as others currently playing in the WHL. Testing will be conducted by Toronto-based Sport Testing Inc., which is a world leader in athlete testing systems.