Author Topic: WESTERN SELECTS BRICK 08 UPDATE 12.21.17 (formerly California Brick)  (Read 44032 times)


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

The Brick Tournament organizers have now expanded our geographic region for 2018 and beyond to include states covered 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 play 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. 


Request a registration from at
Players will be scheduled as space permits.
Attending these clinics are the pathway to be invited to attend the main tryout camp.

  • SUNDAY     FEBRUARY 25  4:20-5:20pm at The Rinks-Lakewood (first timers have of attendance by invite)
  • SUNDAY     MARCH 18        6:10-7:10pm at The Rinks-Lakewood (attendance list by invite only)

  • Friday March 30th - Sunday April 1st at The Rinks-Lakewood (by invite only)

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 29th season, 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 2018 are:
Team Brick Alberta, BC Jr. Canucks, Boston Jr. Bruins, Chicago Jr. Blackhawks, Connecticut Yankees, Detroit Jr. Redwings, Team Manitoba, Team Minnesota, Team Montreal, 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)

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 2008 team will be in Early April.

When is the Edmonton Brick Tournament?
The Western Selects 08s will travel to Edmonton on Saturday, June 30th
Sunday, July 1st 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 8th.

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- Brad Stuart.  Asst. Coaches: Brett Beebe, Derek Toninanto

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 16-17 player roster.  9 Forwards...5-6 Defensemen....Two Goaltenders.

What tournaments is the team attending?
June 14-17       North American Hockey Classic in Winnipeg
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 09 birth year.  Can he or she tryout?

The Brick team is for 2008 birth year players.

For further information about the Western Selects Brick 08 program please contact:
Andrew Cohen
Western Selects Brick Director
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