(photo credit, JEFF MILLER, MyToba.ca)
In less than two weeks the future of the Moose Jaw Warriors will be on display in Caronport for the team’s 2015 Prospect Camp. Among the players hitting the ice will be Jett Woo, who was selected 4th overall by the Warriors in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
“Jett is a complete player that brings everything,” said Warriors Assistant Head Scout Doug Gasper. “He can be a physical presence or play a skill game. Jett skates very well with good mobility, he can rush the puck and create offensively as well as always looking to lay out the big hit. When he plays physical he hits hard and solid.”
Woo, 5’11 190lbs, is from Winnipeg and played last season with the Warriors in the City Bantam AAA Tier 1 Division. He finished 10th in regular season scoring with ten goals, 27 assists, and 37 points, and was named the Bantam 1 Division Top Defenceman, Impact Player of the Year, and Most Valuable Player.
“He’s solid, I think it’s a real good way to describe him,” Warriors General Alan Millar said when describing Woo. “He’s strong, solid, and a complete package in terms of two-way, offense, physical, character. I was really impressed by the young man throughout the (draft) process, and I just think he’s a very good all-around solid defenseman.”
At the 2015 John Reid Memorial Tournament in January, which features the top 2000 and 2001 born players from Western Canada and the United States, Woo had a goal and three points in five games and was named a tournament all-star. He was a part of Team Manitoba at the 2015 Canada Winter Games where he had a goal and four points in six games.
“He brings a lot. This is a guy that I think as he gets older in his WHL career, he’s going to be on the power play, he’s going to be on the ice when you’re down by a goal, he’s going to be on the ice against the other team’s best players,” said Millar. “He has a real competitive edge to his game, his physical, he brings the total package that gives us a guy that’s going to be a leader and help our team in all areas.”
Woo had a goal and nine points in 12 playoff games, leading the Winnipeg Warriors to a provincial title and a berth in the 2015 Western Canada Bantam Championships. At the tournament, he had a goal and three points in five games, leading Manitoba to a bronze medal. He was also named a First Team All-Star and Top Defenceman.
Millar feels that Woo has plenty of attributes that make him a Warrior. “With him it’s character, leadership, and compete. I think there’s a will to win, there’s a win to be the best that he can be on and off the ice, and I think ultimately that describes a Warriors and what are expectations are for our team.”
“Jett is a Warrior because of his skating ability, hockey IQ and his love to play. Jett competes in all situations and that is the type of player we want,” commented Gasper.
Woo will play midget AAA this season in Manitoba, and if the schedule or situation permits, he will be able to play in five games with the Moose Jaw Warriors as an affiliated player. He may be two years away from full time duty on the Warriors blueline, but Gasper feels he is a big part for the Warriors to build around.
“Jett is going to be a cornerstone on the blueline for the Warriors for a long time. His physical play and enthusiasm to play will make him a fan favorite very quickly,” said Gasper.
Woo and the rest of the Class of 2015, along with other players who were listed by the organization throughout last year, will be officially welcomed to the Warriors Thursday, May 28 at a reception to open Prospect Camp.
The players will go through fitness testing and have a practice on Friday, May 29 in Caronport. Saturday, May 30 the players will hit the ice for two scrimmages, 11am to 12:30pm and 5:15pm to 6:45pm, at Caronport, fans are welcome to attend all on-ice session free of charge.