Limited Futures Camp Slots Remain

Limited Futures Camp Slots Remain

Futures Registration Deadline July 14th

With less than two weeks left before registration concludes for the Waterloo Black Hawks 2015 Futures Camp, opportunities still remain for forwards and defenseman born in 2000 and 2001.

At this time, all goaltending positions have been filled.

The camp is open to youth hockey players from across the nation who are eligible for Phase I of the 2016 or 2017 United States Hockey League Drafts.  It will be conducted at Young Arena from August 14th through 16th.

Below, Black Hawks Assistant Coach Steve Howard answers many common questions about the event:

Why should a young player consider attending this camp?

Steve Howard: Each May, the Black Hawks and other USHL teams have the opportunity to select the best young junior hockey prospects during Phase I of the USHL Draft.  This year, that draft was focused on players born in 1999.  With the 2015 Futures Camp, we are just beginning the process of identifying players who will be candidates for the 2016 (2000 birth year) and 2017 (2001 birth year) drafts.  We are looking for players who aspire to skate in the USHL.  This camp will provide our coaching staff and scouts with an early indication of who to be watching throughout the 2015/16 regular season.

What is the USHL?

Steve Howard: The United States Hockey League is the only tier I junior hockey league in the country.  It provides the top 16- to 20-year-old players the highest level of competition on the ice, while offering opportunities for development academically and socially away from the rink.  USHL players maintain their amateur status; approximately 95% of the players appearing for the league’s 17 member clubs go on to NCAA Division I opportunities.  The Black Hawks have been a member of the USHL since before the league’s first year at the junior level in 1979/80.

Is this a skills development camp?

Steve Howard: No.  This camp will be conducted in similar fashion to a try-out camp.  Players will be divided into teams and the teams will play games against each other.  We believe the best way to make skill evaluations is by seeing how players perform and react in game situations.  However there are three things which players can expect to gain from the experience: 1) the chance to measure themselves against a sampling of players in their age group from across the United States, 2) feedback on their abilities from former players who had successful junior, college, and (in some cases) professional careers, and 3) the opportunity to see Waterloo and Young Arena, one of the most passionate junior hockey communities and most vibrant junior hockey rinks in North America.

Who will be administering the camp?

Steve Howard: Black Hawks alumni and current players will be on the bench, providing the organization’s coaching staff with the chance to get a “big picture” look at the players skating in each mini-game.  Our current and former players are not far removed from being 14 or 15 years old and having dreams of getting into college or pro hockey.  At the same age, many of them did not know exactly how to reach those goals, so they will be able to talk about how they found their way to Waterloo and beyond.

In addition, Black Hawks Head Coach P.K. O’Handley – who has more wins than any other coach in league history – will host a seminar during the weekend providing more background on the Black Hawks, the USHL, and junior hockey.  I think it will be very informative for players and parents who want to know more about taking the next step.

What should I bring?

Steve Howard: All protective and playing equipment (although we will have camp jerseys), an open mind, and an enthusiastic attitude.