The 2019 World Selects Invitational in Philadelphia will host 40 elite-level selects teams from around the world, featuring the best players in the ‘04-birth year at the premier international tournament of the season. In addition to the U-15 Division, there will be a 10-team ’03 Division that will run parallel to the rest of the tournament, occupying the rinks at Virtua Flyers Skate Zones in Voorhees and Pennsauken, New Jersey, as well as the Igloo Ice Skating Rink in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
Hosted by LEGACY Global Hockey, this year’s WSI will have teams from 12 different countries at an event that serves as a launching point for many bantam-aged players embarking on junior and professional careers. In the past six years, this tournament has featured nearly 600 CHL Draft picks including 394 in the OHL, 101 in the QMJHL and 94 in the WHL as well as 324 picks in the USHL Draft. In 2018, The first overall draft picks from all four major junior and Tier-I leagues in North America had previously played in this WSI event.
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. More than 80 have been selected in the last three NHL Drafts, including six first-round picks in 2018. 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 2019 tournament is expecting 24 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 tournament 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.