|North Bay Battalion|
|Owen Sound Attack|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Charlottetown Islanders||Chicoutimi Sagueneens|
|Drummondville Voltigeurs||Gatineau Olympiques|
|Halifax Mooseheads||Moncton Wildcats|
|Quebec Remparts||Rimouski Oceanic|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Saint John Sea Dogs|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Sherbrooke Phoenix|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Victoriaville Tigres|
Calgary, AB – This weekend, the Western Hockey League will hold its WHL Prospects Camp and its Officiating Development Camp at Father David Bauer arena in Calgary, Alberta.
The WHL Prospects camp, presented by Reebok CCM, is by invitation only, and will be attended by the top 102 Major Bantam (1998-born) players in Alberta. The camp will be the first in the Bantam age category the WHL has hosted in Canada and will focus on player development and education. The Camp will include scrimmages, off-ice player development seminars, and on-ice and off-ice combine testing.
“It is always exciting when you bring together an elite group of athletes for short term competition, and we look forward to having the top Bantam players in Alberta under one roof,” commented WHL manager of player development and recruitment Tyler Boldt. “This camp will give a great first look at some of the players eligible for the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.”
Players attending the WHL Prospects Camp will be provided with a unique hockey experience and be introduced to the tools they will require to develop to their full potential. WHL Alumni will serve as camp coaches, while the presenting partner Reebok CCM will provide participants with full work-out apparel. This camp will also give the players the unique opportunity to display their talents to WHL scouts leading into the season in which they are eligible to be selected in the WHL Bantam Draft.
Players selected for this camp were identified by WHL Clubs during the past season and by Hockey Alberta following their participation in Team Alberta U15 Skills Camps.
On-ice and off-ice combine testing will be provided by Sport Testing, a national leader in player assessment. Through the Sport Testing website – www.sporttesting.com – players will be able to compare their test results against players from their age group across the country, and gauge their development as they advance to higher levels of hockey.
This is the third in a series of camps presented by Reebok CCM. In March the WHL held a WHL Prospects Camp for Pee Wee aged players, while in April eighty-four players attended the annual WHL U.S. Prospects Camp, held in Anaheim, CA.
For up-to-date news, schedules and information on WHL Prospects Camp presented by Reebok CCM, please visit WHL Prospects Central: http://www.whl.ca/prospects
The 2012 WHL Officiating Development Camp is the second of its kind this summer, following a camp held in June. The camp will feature classroom sessions, fitness sessions, instructional on-ice sessions, and game situations.
WHL Officiating Supervisors and NHL Officials will be providing instruction and game supervision.
The camp is designed to assist with the personal development of all officials in attendance, and to evaluate prospect WHL officials in game situations.
“This development camp is a great opportunity for both the officials and the Western Hockey League,” commented Kevin Muench, the WHL’s director of officiating. “The officials will receive expert instruction to enhance their skills, and the League has an opportunity to evaluate prospect officials to determine which of them might be ready for an opportunity to work in the WHL this season.”
In the past two years, fifteen officials (referees and linesmen) have become members of the WHL Officiating Staff after attending the WHL Officiating Development Camp.
About the WHL:
Western Hockey League (WHL) is the largest major junior hockey league in the world today with 22 member Clubs throughout Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The WHL attracts over 4 million spectators each season to regular season and playoff games and is a world leader in player development and scholarship opportunities. Each season the WHL is one of the top leagues from which players are selected from in the NHL Entry Draft. Currently over 20% of all NHL players are graduates of the WHL. The WHL is also a leading provider of post-secondary scholarships with over 400 scholarships awarded each year to current and graduate WHL players, more than any other league in North America. The WHL is a member of the Canadian Hockey League (together with the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) which consists of 60 member clubs from coast to coast in Canada and the northern United States.
Reebok-CCM Hockey, a subsidiary of the Adidas Group, is headquartered in Montreal. With operations in Canada, the United States and Europe, the Company is the world's largest designer, manufacturer and marketer of hockey equipment and related apparel under two of the most recognized hockey brand names: Reebok Hockey and CCM Hockey. Reebok-CCM Hockey equips more professional hockey players than any other company, including superstars like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Reebok-CCM Hockey is also the official outfitter of the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League, the Canadian Hockey League, the ECHL and several national teams.
About Sport Testing:
Sport Testing Inc. is the world’s leading sport-specific, state-of-the-art athlete testing service. Highly accurate evaluations and online reports eliminate guesswork for athletes, coaches and scouts in measuring performance at every level of sport. Standardized tests designed by experts allow hockey players and coaches to target the next level of performance by comparing speed, agility, explosiveness, stick handling, and reaction time to peers and pros. For more information visit sporttesting.com. Connect with us at twitter.com/sporttesting and facebook.com/sporttesting.