Regina, Saskatchewan – Over recent weeks, the governing hockey bodies of the western provinces and USA Hockey announced their U16 development camp invites. Among those invited or, in the case of Manitoba, having already attended were seven of the eight prospects selected by the Regina Pats at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
Hockey Alberta was the latest provincial body to release its development camp list. Both newly drafted, Alberta-born Pats prospects were among the 80 invited to the camp. Forward Kjell Kjemhus (4th round – 77th overall) and defenceman Ryker Evans (10th round – 209th overall). Alberta’s camp takes place July 5-10 in Camrose, AB.
May 12-15 saw Hockey Manitoba hold it’s Program of Excellence Top-40 Camp. All three Pats Manitoban draftees were in attendance led by second round pick, forward Cole Muir (33rd overall). Joining him were forward Tristen Robins (4th round – 76th overall) and defenceman Michael Ladyman (5th round – 108th overall). The group represents three of the first four players selected by the Pats at this year’s intake.
Rounding out the Pats prospects attending Canadian summer camps is Logan Nijhoff (8th round – 165th overall). The forward will be in Shawnigan Lake, B.C. July 13-17 with 44 top players from British Columbia.
Following these camps, each province will create a shortlist before trimming down to a final roster for the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary.
Meanwhile, south of the border, forward Kaden Bohlsen (9th round – 187th overall) earned an invite to the USA Hockey Select-15 camp July 16-20 in Amherst, New York.
The first opportunity for Pats fans to see the latest group of prospects is the Pats’ annual Spring Camp coming up May 27-29 at the Co-operators Centre in Regina.