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Western Selects Brick is in the process of building the 2019 program.
We will be conducting monthly clinics leading up to the Brick Main Tryout Camp on December 27-29 here in Southern California.  Stay tuned for clinic dates.


The Edmonton Brick tournament has implemented some changes to the California Brick program.  Previously, the California  jurisdiction encompassed California, Arizona, and Nevada.  All players outside of these states were considered "Import Players," which by Edmonton Brick tournament rules, we were allowed to accept no more than three import players on our roster.

The Brick Tournament organizers expanded our geographic region in 2018 to include states in the Pacific and Rocky Mountain districts.  For those of you unfamiliar this would include:  California, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Washington will remain as the only "open" state. 

The new name of the program will be:  Western Selects Hockey and all players residing in the above mentioned states are eligible to participate as "local" players.   Anyone outside of these areas would still be considered an import player.

The process for attending tryouts will be changing from previous years' method.  Now, players must attend pre-tryout clinics to be evaluated in their local region.  If you live in Colorado, you would attend a clinic in the Denver area.  If you live in Texas or Oklahoma, you would attend clinics in Dallas.  If you live in Arizona, you attend in Phoenix.  If you live in Alaska, you will attend in Anchorage.  All others can attend in any of these cities closest to them. 

The Edmonton Brick Tournament takes place every summer over the July 4th weekend at the West Edmonton Mall whose unique ice rink is centered in one of the largest shopping facilities in the world.

The Edmonton Brick Tournament is the most prestigious hockey event for players
at the 10 & under age level.  All-Star Teams from all over the North American continent
attend this renowned summer event which offers many young promising hockey players
and their parents a first opportunity to compete in a high caliber international elite AAA environment.


The Western Selects Tournament Team
(previously California Brick), entering its 30th season in 2019, has been an institution in Southern California since the tournament began in 1990.  The Western Selects Brick player region is now expanded to include all the Western States in the Pacific and Rocky Mountain Districts (Washington excepted). The objective is to build the most competitive roster amongst the elite players in these states along with 3 eligible import players from outside of the region.


Teams attending in 2019 are:
Team Brick Alberta, BC Jr. Canucks, Boston Jr. Bruins, Chicago Jr. Blackhawks, Connecticut Jr. Rangers, Detroit Jr. Redwings, Team Manitoba, Team Minnesota, Team Quebec, Team Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan Jr. Pats, Toronto Bulldogs, Toronto Pro Development, and the Western Selects.

There is a rich history of California Brick players who were drafted and/or played with NHL teams:

80s:  Garrett Stafford (Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix)
83s:  Ryan Hollweg (NYR, Toronto)
84s:  Brett Sterling (Atlanta, St. Louis); Gabe Gauthier (Los Angeles)
85s:  Brian Salcido (Anaheim); Matt Ford (Chicago)
86s:  Raymond Macias (Colorado)
89s:  Colin Long (Phoenix); Shane Harper (Philadelphia); Jonathan Blum (Nashville, Minnesota)
90s:  Mitch Wahl (Calgary)
91s:  Beau Bennett (Pittsburgh)
92s:  Emerson Etem (Anaheim); Jason Zucker (Minnesota); Chase Balisy (Nashville); Matt Nieto (San Jose)
93s:  Shane McColgan (NY Rangers); Rocco Grimaldi (Florida)
94s:  Nic Kerdiles (Anaheim); Zach Pochiro (St. Louis)
95s:  Eric Comrie (Winnipeg); Chase DeLeo (Winnipeg); Tyler Moy (Nashville); Trevor Moore (Toronto)
96s:  Auston Matthews (Toronto)
98s:  Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton)
99s:  Jason Robertson (Dallas); Vanya Lodnia (Minnesota); Jake McGrew (San Jose); Cole Guttman (Tampa Bay); Sasha   
         Chmelevski (San Jose); Cayla Barnes (USA Hockey Women's Olympic Team)
2000s:  Ryan O'Reilly (Detroit); Slava Demin (Las Vegas)

See the complete list of all drafted players who attended the Brick tournament on the Brick tournament website.


Other fun links to explore: and


Tryouts for the 2009 team will be December 27-29, 2018
When is the Edmonton Brick Tournament?
The Western Selects 09s will travel to Edmonton on Saturday, June 29th
Sunday, June 30th is an exhibition game.The tournament games begin on Monday July 1st and concludes with a skills competition and the championship game on Sunday afternoon July 7th.

How many games does the Brick tournament offer?
There are six Round Robin games.  Depending on the team's finish, there are 1-2 games in the playoff round and a championship game.
Who is coaching?
Head Coach- Jeff Turcotte   Asst. Coaches: TBA
Who is eligible to tryout?
The Western Selects Brick program now has the Pacific and Rocky Mountain districts (Washington excepted)  Any player who lives in this region is eligible to tryout and be considered a local player.  Players from outside our jurisdiction are considered "import players".  Every Brick team is allowed to roster a maximum of three import players.
Why import players?
The Edmonton Brick tournament organizers want as many elite players on the continent to attend their tournament to make for the most competitive and skilled hockey event.  Many top players do not live within the confines of one of the fourteen Brick team regions.  These players have an opportunity to play at the tournament via a recruitment process as an "import player" or by attending tryouts for any Brick jurisdiction team.

How many players will be selected on the Western Selects Brick team?
We expect a 15-17 player roster. 

What tournaments is the team attending?
June 13-16       Multi Brick Team Showcase in Calgary
July 1-8            Edmonton International Brick Tournament in Alberta, Canada

How does my son or daughter attend tryouts?
After attending the pre-tryout clinics, players will be contacted and invited on an individual basis.

Why do I need a temporary release to tryout?
For clinics, no. For the tryouts, yes.  It is a California State policy.  All players, while still in season, must have a temporary release to attend tryouts with another program before May 1st.  Players must be members in good standing with their home club.  Request a temporary release from your club registrar and have it forwarded to

Can I play for a different Brick team instead of the Western Selects Brick Team?
Yes, but  under strict tournament policy conditions.  No Western Region player can play for another Brick team unless he or she is granted a release/waiver by the California Brick program. No release/waiver will be granted to any player who did not attend a local clinic or tryouts. If a player attends tryouts and is not selected on the team, a waiver to play for another Brick team will be granted.  If a player is offered a spot on the Western Selects roster and elects to not accept, no waiver will be granted.  Likewise any player from an already established Brick jurisdiction cannot play for Western Selects (or any other Brick program) unless they have been properly released from their local Brick program.

My player is an 2010 birth year.  Can he or she tryout?

The Brick team is for 2009 birth year players.

For further information about the Western Selects Brick 09 program please contact:
Andrew Cohen
James Gasseau
Western Selects Brick Directors
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