CPJHL to again play in WSHL Western States Shootout, will send two teams to Las Vegas in December

by Matt Mackinder

The Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League has announced that it will again send two teams to Las Vegas in December to participate in the annual Western States Hockey League showcase event – the Western States Shootout. 

The event continues to grow each season and is held before nearly 100 junior, NCAA, ACHA and pro hockey scouts at the Las Vegas Ice Center and Sobe Ice Arena. 

Last December, the two CPJHL teams – each with little or no practice time before arriving to Las Vegas – found great success in seven games against established WSHL teams, winning one game and dropping four other games by one goal, including two in overtime.

“In our first year (2016-17), we played very well in Vegas,” said CPJHL president Stephane Laveault. “Then last year, we played even better and our players were talked to and scouted by so many more college and pro scouts. I cannot wait to see what this coming December brings, but I can assure you that we will continue to put our best foot forward and continue to grow and gain exposure for the CPJHL.” 

Both the CPJHL and WSHL are members of the AAU-sanctioned United Hockey Union.