The Western Hockey League announced today the rosters and staff for the 2018 U.S. Prospects Camp, which will be held at the Anaheim Ice Facility in Anaheim, Calif., from April 14-16, 2018.
The U.S. Prospects Camp marks the 13th 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 2003-born players in an evaluation camp conducted by the WHL in the U.S. this season.
Shaun Clouston (General Manager/Head Coach, Medicine Hat Tigers), Dan Lambert (Head Coach, Spokane Chiefs), Mike Needham (Assistant Coach, Kamloops Blazers) and Matt O’Dette (Head Coach, Seattle Thunderbirds) will serve as coaches for the 2018 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. Having just completed his eighth season as Head Coach in Medicine Hat, Clouston has guided the Tigers to back-to-back Central Division titles. Lambert just completed his first season as Head Coach of the Chiefs, following a year as Head Coach of the AHL’s Rochester Americans. He previously served as Head Coach of the Kelowna Rockets for the 2014-15 WHL season. O’Dette won a WHL Championship in 2017 as Assistant Coach with the Seattle Thunderbirds before taking over as Head Coach for the 2017-18 WHL season. Having played six seasons of professional hockey following a three-year WHL career (1987-88 to 1989-90), Needham just completed his seventh season in a coaching capacity with the Blazers.
Duane Bartley (Prince Albert Raiders) and Brenden Hope (Saskatoon Blades) will attend the camp to provide equipment and athletic therapy services throughout. WHL Officials Brayden Arcand and Trevor Nolan 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 2003 who live in the Western United States, including Alaska. Of the over 40 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 Okanagan Hockey Schools, will conduct on- and off-ice combine testing utilizing the SportTesting Inc. technology platform.