Oil Capitals Hosting Spring Camp in St. Louis Park Minnesota

The Virden Oil Capitals would like to invite you to our 2019 Spring Camp that will take place from May 10th through May 12th, 2019 at The St. Louis Park Rec Center in St. Louis Park Minnesota (adjacent to Minneapolis/St Paul). Camp check-in will begin the morning of Friday, May 10th, 2019.  The camp will be comprised 1999-2002’s competing amongst its own peers.

On ice practice sessions will begin Friday following registration. Scrimmages will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Along with on ice sessions, we will have off-ice dryland training, and information sessions. A more detailed schedule will be provided closer to the camp date. Every player is guaranteed 6 ice times. All-Star teams will be selected at the end of camp. The top players from this camp will be selected to compete for spot on the hockey club, at the Oil Capitals main camp in August. A registration fee of $350 will be assessed to cover camp costs. This fee includes a camp jersey and other Oil Capitals paraphernalia.  Our coaching, management, and scouting staff will be operating the camp for the duration of the weekend.

“This is an exciting announcement for our hockey club.  Marc Berry, Geno Parrish, and Bryn Chyzyk have been working on this for some time, and we feel this will be a great way to evaluate some of the talent across the border in the United States.  We are looking for players to attend the camp, from all over the U.S, not just the state of Minnesota.  We picked the Minneapolis/St. Paul, area for several reasons; namely its central to the hockey hotbed that Minnesota is, but also a major logistical hub to other areas of the United States.  We hope we have kids attend from all regions of United States.  Also with our scouts with Geno and Bryn and their connections in the area, they are a tremendous resource for our hockey club.  We feel we can really make a splash with this camp and look forward to having some of these players attend our main camp next fall, that come from this development camp.  And ultimately we could look at signing someone out of this camp.”  Jamie Hodson, Director of Business and Hockey Operations – Virden Oil Capitals.

“I have seen first-hand the benefits of playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.  My son played there last season and he had tremendous development with the Winkler Flyers.  It may seem like a non-traditional market for U.S hockey players to go, with so many other options to play in the States.  I have spoken with multiple D1 and D3 scouts from prominent Colleges that continue to rave about the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, and the Virden Oil Capitals.  I have a strong belief in the organization, the coaching staff, and their scouting staff as a whole.”  Geno Parrish, Minnesota based Oil Capitals Scout.

“Being part of the scouting staff with the Virden Oil Capitals, and growing up in Virden, I am extremely excited we are extending our base and having a U.S. based camp in Minnesota.  Virden and the Manitoba Junior Hockey League is a fantastic place to play.  This gives U.S kids another avenue to play at the Junior A level with a very reputable team and in a fantastic league, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.”  Bryn Chyzyk, North Dakota based Oil Capitals Scout.

“As an organization, the Oil Capitals are excited to promote our brand in the U.S.  As the junior hockey world continues to expand, the competition, to recruit solid Junior A hockey players is tougher every year.  Having this development camp in Minnesota will not only help our scouting broaden our reach, but it also gives us opportunity to show a different audience the benefits of being a Virden Oil Capital and playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.”  Marc Berry, Regional Scout and Team Consultant – Virden Oil Capitals.

“As an organization, we are excited to get our U.S. camp moving forward.  We have great scouts in the U.S with Geno and Bryn and Marc facilitating a lot of this camp, they have added a lot of depth to our organization south of the border.  We are looking forward to getting an in depth look at some of the talent pool in the U.S.  I am really looking forward to seeing the talent that will be at the camp.”  Troy Leslie, Head Coach and GM – Virden Oil Capitals.


Parker Brakebill – Virden Oil Capitals Rookie – Anaheim California

“The Virden Oil Capitals are one of the premiere teams in the CJHL. Their facilities, coaches, and staff are second to none. The game day atmosphere at the Tundra Oil and Gas place is one of the best in Junior A hockey. Virden is a small town that has a huge passion for the game of hockey, and you feel right at home the minute you get here. The billets in Virden are some of the best in junior hockey. Each one welcomes you into their home with open arms and makes you feel like you are a part of their family.”


About the Virden Oil Capitals and the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL)

The Virden Oil Capitals https://www.oilcapshockey.com is a proud member of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) https://www.mjhlhockey.ca in Manitoba Canada.  The MJHL is a member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) https://www.cjhlhockey.com/en/ which is comprised of 10 Junior A leagues across Canada.  The town of Virden http://www.virden.ca is wonderful community of 3500 people in the corner of South West Manitoba, with major economic traditions and history being derived from the Oil and Energy Sector and the Agriculture Industry.


Oil Capital Tid Bits:

The Oil Capitals have produced a combination of 14 Division 1 and Division 3 scholarship hockey players over the last 7 years.  Zach Whitecloud (signed with the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Nights in 2018) attended Bemidji State.  Wyatt Kalynuk (NHL 2017 draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers) attends Wisconsin University.  Numerous players have moved on to the Western Hockey League (WHL).   The Virden Oil Capitals have many great billets that support our players all year round.  Our season ticket base is 570 this past season, and average attendance is over 850 for this season.  The Oil Capitals play in a beautiful and new Tundra Oil and Gas Place, which is a fabulous and state of the art facility.  The Oil Capitals also have a power skating coach, (ex Olympic Figure Skating coach – Patricia Hole)   


If you would like to attend the Virden Oil Capitals Minnesota Development Camp, follow the link to get signed up. https://www.oilcapshockey.com/2019-minnesota-spring-camp

Jamie Hodson                          

Director of Operations – Virden Oil Capitals




Marc Berry

Regional Scout/Team Consultant




Troy Leslie

GM/Head Coach – Virden Oil Capitals




Tyson Ramsey

Assistant Coach – Virden Oil Capitals




Geno Parrish

Minnesota Scout – Virden Oil Capitals




Bryn Chyzyk

North Dakota/US Scout – Virden Oil Capitals




Brian Elder

Head Scout – Virden Oil Capitals