By Joe Quinn, HockeyScene.com
HALIFAX, NS, August 11, 2012 – Four dozen of the top 1997 and 1998 born hockey prospects in Nova Scotia have been invited to an NHL style hockey combine Tuesday, August 14 by the International Scouting Service. The day long event is being held at Cole Harbour Place.
Each of the players who is invited to the combine was watched over the last season and evaluated by ISS personnel. They were then ranked and the top 24 in each year were invited to the combine.
ISS compiles information on players which it makes available to personnel from teams in Canada, the United States and Europe who subscribe to the service. It is considered to be one of the leading scouting services in the world.
This is the first of several sessions ISS hopes to conduct in the Maritimes between now and next Spring. The sessions feature on-ice development conducted by Power Edge Pro operated by Joe Quinn of Toronto and Don MacAdam of PEI. PEP has been in the limelight recently as Connor McDavid (PEP Ambassador) showcased his electric skills at the NHLPA All State Program.
The players will also benefit from off-ice activities including a Functional Movement System “FMS” Test conducted by Kris Andrews of Push Fitness and a presentation from Darrell Young of the Vancouver Canucks on “What Scouts Look for in a Hockey Player?”
The FMS test measures flexibility, mobility and strength.
There are two primary objectives of this program. The first is to share valuable information which will help these aspiring players prepare for the road ahead and most importantly, provide each player with an assessment of their game with a focus on where they need to improve.
“We are very excited about our upcoming ISS Combine”, said Dennis MacInnis, Director of Scouting for ISS. “This event will highlight some very talented players. Some of the names we expect to hear in the future out of this session are Layton Parsons, Nick Welsh, Keith Getson and Barrett Dachysyn.”
“We are looking forward to holding combines in New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland as well. These events are important to us as it provides us with a great environment to evaluate each player.”
The camp is full. The reception to this program has been very positive. Ninety-five percent of those initially invited accepted the invitation.
The sessions are open to the families and the public. Parents/guardians are especially encouraged to attend the last session of the day.
ISS plans to hold a similar event in Moncton soon.