Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Press Release

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League will be hosting the seventh annual WHL U.S. Prospects Camp in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Ice facility from April 13-15, 2012.

The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp provides a unique opportunity for U.S. born hockey players to participate with other top ranked 1997 and 1998 born players 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. Virtually all of the WHL’s 22 Member Clubs will have scouts in attendance to evaluate player’s ability to play in one of the world’s finest development League for junior aged players.

“The WHL U.S. Prospects 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. Prospects Camp is open only to U.S. Residents born in 1997 and 1998, who live in the Western United States (all U.S. States west of the Mississippi River and Alaska). Of the 34 U.S. born players currently on WHL rosters, 16 attended a WHL U.S. Prospects Camp.

WHL Head Coaches will run the benches of each camp team. Last year’s camp featured Bruno Campese (Prince Albert Raiders), Dean Clark (Prince George Cougars), Don Hay (Vancouver Giants) and Derek Laxdal (Edmonton Oil Kings). Current California born WHL players will also attend the camp, serving as assistant coaches during the weekend. Current Kamloops Blazer Chase Souto (Yorba Linda, CA) and graduate player Parker Stanfield (Orange County, CA/Everett Silvertips) attended last year’s camp.

The WHL U.S. Prospect Camp also features a WHL Prospects Information Session, where players and their families will learn about the benefits of playing Major Junior hockey in Canada. In past seasons guest speakers have included former Kamloops Blazers’ Scott Neidermeyer and Darcy Tucker, and current Edmonton Oil King Tyler Maxwell.

For those players who were invited to participate in this year’s camp, please complete the Player Registration Form and submit it to the WHL Office:
Attn: Tyler Boldt
Manager, Player Development and Recruitment
Western Hockey League
Phone: 403-693-3058
Fax: 403-693-3031
2012 WHL U.S. Prospect Camp Player Application Form CLICK HERE
2012 WHL U.S. Prospect Camp Schedule (tentative) CLICK HERE
Team rosters, finalized schedules, and other camp information will become available in the near future.

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