By Ryan McCracken on June 11, 2018.
More than 80 players from across Western Canada stormed the Family Leisure Centre to showcase their skillsets at the first-ever Western Canada Junior Hockey Prospects camp.
Scouts from various leagues across Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northern United States were in attendance to study the next wave of available talent, something Strathmore’s Bailey Filkohazy says doesn’t come around often.
“There’s so many people looking at me and I think this was a good opportunity,”said Filkohazy, who spent his season with the Wheatland Chiefs midget AA squad and hopes to make the jump to junior A next year. “I learned I can actually do a lot better than I thought I would and Iknow I can still improve my game quite a bit, soI’m just going to try and go forward from here.”
Calgary’s Rees Beaudry added he’s never had the chance to perform in front of scouts, let alone those from multiple leagues, ranging from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Humboldt Broncos to the Heritage Junior HockeyLeague’s Medicine Hat Cubs.
“I’ve never had that happen before. It was pretty cool to get looked at by a bunch of scouts,” said Beaudry. “It was a good experience. I got to come out here for the weekend and there was a lot of good players. I got to show what I’ve got and hopefully get talked to by a team.”
Players in attendance got the chance to compete on the ice in a number of training sessions and scrimmages as well as off-ice training, team building exercises and seminars — including one led by Medicine Hat Tigers assistant coach and former WHLer Joe Frazer.
“That was pretty amazing,” said Filkohazy. “He’s a pretty cool guy. It’s not very often you get to talk to somebody like that, he’s really inspiring.”
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