05/12/2015 09:06 EDT | Updated 05/12/2016 05:59 EDT

Vancouver Canucks prospects training camp coming to Shawnigan Lake

This year's Vancouver Canucks prospects development camp for rising young hockey stars will be held on Vancouver Island at Shawnigan Lake School from July 3 to 9, the team has announced.

"Obviously any time we get a chance to come to another part of British Columbia with our group, it's always great to interact with the fans we have," said Canucks president Trevor Linden. 

"It's really special to get out and be in some of the areas that maybe the kids and families don't get over here to watch the games."

​​The camp participants will be comprised primarily of players drafted by the Canucks, including the 2015 draft as well as undrafted collegiate free agents.

All practices open to public

Typically the Canucks hold the camp in Vancouver, but Linden says it's an opportunity for the players to experience and explore the province.

"It's a chance for a lot of the kids who have never been to Vancouver or B.C. to kind of see what it's all about here on the West coast."

While there will be plenty of action on the ice, Linden says prospects will also learn about nutrition, off-season training and professional habits.

All practices will be open to the public and Linden says the team is working on organizing some community events to connect with fans on a one-on-one basis.

"It's been my experience, being a Vancouver Canuck for many years and having training camp whether it be in Kamloops, Victoria or Vernon, that it is special," said Linden.

"It just brings what we are about and our brand closer to our fans."

To hear the full interview with Trevor Linden, listen to the audio labelled Canucks Prospects Camp