Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League (WHL), in partnership with the Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) and Sport Testing Inc. have announced the 2018 WHL Prospect Combine schedule, beginning March 24-25 in Winnipeg, Man.
Over the past four seasons, between the WHL Prospect Combines and the other WHL Combine initiatives, the program has tested over 10,000 players. Designed to assist minor hockey players with their skill development utilizing a state of the art testing system, the WHL Prospect Combines will consist of a full two-day camp which will include on and off-ice testing, on and off-ice development sessions, an informative presentation on the WHL, and an end of camp scrimmage.
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 Prospect Combines database that is shared and used by WHL clubs to track and identify players.
Individual participants will receive additional benefit from the WHL Combine testing, including:
- Results Reports: individual and comparative results from the combine
- 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
The WHL Prospect Combines will be open to players born from 2000 to 2005.
WHL Prospect Combines Schedule:
March 24-25: Winnipeg, Man.
March 31-April 1: Vancouver, B.C.
April 7-8: Edmonton, Alta.
April 21-22: Regina, Sask.
April 28-29: Calgary, Alta.
The WHL Combines are operated on behalf of the WHL by the Penticton-based Okanagan Hockey Group, an international leader in hockey school instructional programs and hockey academics. Under its agreement with the WHL, OHG will provide the highest quality instructors and testing personnel for each WHL Combine.
The testing systems for the WHL Combines will be supplied by Sport Testing Inc., a Toronto-based global leader in sport testing systems. The Sport Testing Inc. technology includes the most advanced athlete testing solution in the industry today. Sport Testing is currently being used by a number of NHL teams in their player development programs. It is also being used all over the world by a number of different players which those testing at the WHL Combines program can use their results to compare to.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.