The 2020 World Selects Invitational (WSI) in Philadelphia will host 40 elite-level 15U teams from around the world, featuring the best players in the ‘05-birth year at the premier international tournament of the season. In addition to the 15U Division, there will be a 16-team ’04 Division that will run parallel to the rest of the tournament, occupying four rinks in the New Jersey area including the Virtua Flyers Skate Zones in Voorhees and Pennsauken, as well as the Igloo Ice Skating Rink in Mount Laurel and Hollydell in Sewell.
Hosted by LEGACY Global Hockey, this year’s WSI will have teams from 10 different countries at an event that serves as a launching point for many bantam-aged players at the earliest stage of their careers before pursuing a future in junior and professional hockey. In the past six years, this tournament has featured nearly 800 CHL Draft picks including 522 in the OHL, 117 in the QMJHL and 144 in the WHL as well as 385 picks in the USHL Draft. In 2019, first overall draft picks Shane Wright (OHL), Matthew Savoie (WHL) and Carter Schade (USHL) had all previously played in the WSI in Philadelphia.
With more than 200 scouts from the NHL, NCAA and junior leagues in attendance, the international stage at the WSI regularly features the next crop of up-and-coming elite players. Nearly 100 players have been selected in the last four NHL Drafts, including five first-round picks in 2019. Additionally, the number of players that have gone on to make Division-I college commitments has eclipsed 330 in total, with that number increasing each month.
The 2020 tournament is expecting 28 North American-based teams with a player pool spanning from British Columbia to Florida as well as 12 European teams from Russia, Sweden, Norway and Czech Republic among others.
For further information regarding the World Selects Invitational Tournament, please contact Mitch Larnerd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional tournament information and other LEGACY Global Hockey events can be found at www.LGSHockey.com.