Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Monday the 34 goaltenders that will attend the ninth annual Program of Excellence goaltending camp, taking place June 11-14 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Stuart Skinner, the Lethbridge Hurricanes
1st round (17th overall) Bantam Draft pick in 2013, is one of 16 under-17
goaltenders (candidates for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge) invited to the
camp. Ten goaltenders in the under-20 age category (candidates for Canada’s
National Junior Team) and eight in the under-18 category (candidates for
Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team) will get the opportunity to work with a
number of instructors during the four-day camp.
“There is tremendous
goaltending talent in Canada, and we’re excited to bring Canada’s best young
netminders to Calgary to work with some of the top instructors in the game,”
said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior director of hockey
operations/national teams. “This camp is a fantastic opportunity for these
goaltenders to prepare for international competition.”
The camp will
include both on-ice and off-ice sessions for all three groups. The U18 and U20
netminders will be led by Fred Brathwaite (Hockey Canada) and Sean Burke (Hockey
Canada), along with instructors Lyle Mast (Tri-City, WHL), Eric Raymond
(Halifax, QMJHL), Michael Rioux (Rimouski, QMJHL), Dustin Schwartz (Edmonton,
WHL) and Jimmy Waite (Chicoutimi, QMJHL).
Five members of the Hockey
Canada goaltending advisory board will also work with the U18 and U20 groups:
Corey Hirsch (Hockey Canada), Bill Ranford (Los Angeles, NHL), Brady Robinson
(Victoria, WHL), Dwayne Roloson (Anaheim, NHL) and Rick Wamsley (Ottawa,