Blackwood named to 10th Annual Hockey Canada POE Camp
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Monday the group of 34 netminders that will attend the 10th annual Program of Excellence goaltending camp, June 12-14 at Canlan Ice Sports in Etobicoke, Ont.
Nine goaltenders in the under-20 age category (candidates for Canada’s National Junior Team), seven in the under-18 category (candidates for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team) and 18 goaltenders in the under-17 category (candidates for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge) will get a chance to work with a number of instructors during the three-day camp.
OHL UNDER-20 GOALTENDERS (1996-1997):
Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)
Evan Cormier (Saginaw Spirit)
Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
OHL UNDER-18 GOALTENDERS (1998)
Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
OHL PROSPECTS UNDER-17 GOALTENDERS (1999)
Brendan Bonello (Saginaw Spirit)
Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Aidan Hughes (Sarnia Sting)
Colton Incze (Niagara IceDogs)
Jacob McGrath (Sudbury Wolves)
Barrett Mundell (Oshawa Generals)
Anthony Popovich (Guelph Storm)
Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
“We have tremendous goaltending talent across the country; this opportunity to bring them together for a three-day camp is key in the success of their ongoing growth and development,” said Fred Brathwaite, Program of Excellence goaltending consultant with Hockey Canada. “This is an excellent opportunity for not only the players, but all of our staff and coaches to come together for instruction and development both on and off the ice.”
The camp includes both on and off-ice sessions with instruction from Frédéric Chabot (Hockey Canada), Ryan Cyr (Spokane, WHL), Paul Drew (Charlottetown, QMJHL), Ian Gordon (Seattle, WHL), Mike Rosati (Barrie, OHL), Paul Schonfelder (Ottawa, OHL), Maxime Vaillancourt (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) and Andrew Verner (Peterborough, OHL).
Also included in the three-day camp are members of Hockey Canada’s goaltending advisory board, who will work with the players and instructors: Corey Hirsch (Hockey Canada), Brady Robinson (Victoria, WHL), Dwayne Roloson (Anaheim, NHL), Mike Valley (Dallas, NHL) and Rick Wamsley (Ottawa, NHL).
Wamsley and Chabot will serve as leads for the U17 goaltenders, with assistance from Cyr, Gordon and Schonfelder, while the U18s and U20s will be led by Brathwaite, with assistance from Drew, Rosati, Vaillancourt and Verner.
For more information on Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_men.