The Western Hockey League and WHL Combines are pleased to announce Dan Bonar, the Vancouver Giants’ director of scouting, will attend as the feature scout for the Winnipeg WHL Prospect Combine from March 24-25, 2018 in Winnipeg, Man.
Bonar, a native of Deloraine, Man., played three years for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the mid-1970s, totaling 312 points (162G-150A) in 211 games, paving the way for a successful career in the hockey world and life.
“I really enjoyed my junior hockey experience in Canada, including my three years with the Brandon Wheat Kings,” Bonar said. “My hope is for the kids to have the same opportunity to play in the WHL as I did and the WHL Combine is the perfect place for that opportunity to start.”
The forward’s playing days took him throughout North America, including three years with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, where he recorded 54 points (25G-39A) in 169 games between 1980 and 1983. Following his retirement, Bonar cultivated a career as a scout, working with the Calgary Hitmen for 14 seasons, including four as the director of player personnel before joining the Vancouver Giants as their director of scouting ahead of the 2017-18 season.
The WHL Prospect Combines are designed to assist minor hockey players with their skill development, exposure to the Western Hockey League, and understanding of what it takes to #ReachYourFullPotential.
Each WHL Prospect Combine is a full two-day camp, offering on- and off-ice testing (using industry-leader SportTesting equipment), development sessions, an informative presentation on the WHL with question-and-answer period, and an end-of-camp scrimmage.
“We are pleased to provide an exciting opportunity for Manitoba players to showcase their skills on the highest stage, in front of WHL scouts and general managers,” said Donnie Glennie, WHL Manager, Hockey Operations. “The data from the WHL Combines is very important for our 22 member Clubs.”
Open to players born between 2000 to 2005, these unique two-day events will utilize the WHL Combine Standard Tests – the same testing done at the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January. Test results will be entered into the exclusive WHL Combines database, which is shared with every WHL General Manager and Head Scout to help clubs to track and identify players.
Individual participants will receive additional benefit from the WHL Combine testing, including:
Official WHL Combines Jersey
Results Reports: individual and comparative results from the event
Progress Reports: track and compare your results and progress over time
Access to WHL Database: compare results to over 10,000 athletes tested by WHL Combines
Targeted Development: use the results to pinpoint areas of improvement, and target off-ice and on-ice training needs.
WHL Prospect Combines Schedule:
March 24-25: Winnipeg, Man.
March 31-April 1: Calgary, Alta.
April 7-8: Edmonton, Alta.
April 21-22: Regina, Sask.
June 9-10: Vancouver, BC