WINNIPEG, MB – The MJHL #ProtectMB U18 / U16 Prospect Development Camp gets underway Wednesday, July 14th and runs until Sunday, July 18th at Seven Oaks Sportsplex in Winnipeg.
U16 groups, made up of elite Manitoba players born in 2006 who are eligible for the 2022 MJHL Draft, will check-in on Wednesday with daily on and off-ice activities taking place until Saturday.
U18 groups, made up of elite MJHL Prospects from Manitoba born in 2004 and / or 2005, check-in on Thursday with daily on and off-ice activities taking place until Sunday.
The main goal of the camp is to help prepare these players on and off the ice for the upcoming season, what it takes to be successful in the MJHL and what it takes to get to the next level. (NCAA, WHL, USports, NHL). Camp activities will emphasize the elements these players need to focus on to transition successfully from elite minor hockey to elite Junior A hockey. The camp will also provide these players with an important opportunity to return to organized hockey activities in a professional, safe, and fun environment.
Players will receive both on and off-ice skill development led by experienced professionals and high-level hockey players. The on-ice program will consist of practice and skill development group sessions, and the off-ice portion will cover elements related to athleticism and mental skills, as well as the technical and tactical skills required to play in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Daily Activities Include:
On-ice – group skill & development sessions, small area games, modified scrimmages, testing combine, etc.
Off-ice – group skill sessions, testing combine, etc.
*Daily To-Go meals provided by Boston Pizza
**Each player will receive a MJHL performance T-shirt.
***Equipment Manager and Athletic Therapist will be on-site for all group sessions
****Masks are always mandatory while in the facility (this includes for all on-ice sessions)
*****Development Seminars were held virtually in advance of this year’s camp which included:
Presentation by College Hockey Inc. covering all things related to playing NCAA Hockey
MJHL Hotstove – MJHL / Junior Development Discussion
Eddie Olczyk – Seattle Kraken (NHL)
Scott Arniel – Washington Capitals (NHL)
Don MacGillivary – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Ryan Smith – Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Alfie Michaud – University of Maine (NCAA)
The MJHL recently announced that it has partnered with the ProtectMB Team for this camp to help get important information about vaccines to Manitobans who need it and to continue connecting the MJHL community to Manitoba’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
As of June 11th, over 96% of registered athletes in the camp had received their first COVID-19 dose and / or had an appointment booked while further committing to getting fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
Due to capacity restrictions and additional safety measures, the camp will be closed to the general public. The only exceptions will be for family of players (max two per on-ice participant per session), event staff, MJHL team staff and higher-level coaches / scouts.
The MJHL will adjust as necessary should public health orders change in advance and / or during the camp.