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May. 31, 2013

Four Nova Scotia goalies will ensure the province is well-represented when the top young goaltenders in the country gather in Calgary next month.

Nineteen goalies from across Canada have been invited to attend Hockey Canada’s 8th annual Program of Excellence goaltending camp taking place June 13-16 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Brandon Whitney of Centreville is one of the 13 netminders in the under-20 category to receive an invite. Whitney posted a 27-20-2-4 record for the Victoriaville Tigres during the regular season this year. In the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks prospect was stellar, going 4-4-1 while putting up two shutouts and a 0.928 SV%.

Halifax’s Mason McDonald will be one of 6 goaltenders attending the camp in the under-18 category. The 17-year old went 6-8-3 with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan this season and had one shutout.

A week before that camp gets underway, fourteen goaltenders will take part in the National Women’s Program goaltending camp. That camp will be held June 6-9 at the Mark MacPhail Centre.

Among the invitees will be Carmen MacDonald of Pictou. The 20-year old is no stranger to Hockey Canada having played with the national under-18 team in 2008 and 2009. MacDonald is also the goaltender for the St. Lawrence Skating Saints of the NCAA’s ECAC.

Taylor Crosby will also be taking part in the event. The 17-year old sister of Cole Harbour native and NHL superstar Sidney Crosby will be a part of the under-18 women's camp. Crosby spent the past season between the pipes for Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Minnesota.

These players will not be the only familiar faces to Nova Scotia hockey fans. Memorial Cup winner and Halifax Mooseheads goalie Zach Fucale as well as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles’ top netminder Alex Bureau will also be in attendance at the Calgary camps.

Among the instructors at the camps will be Scott Gouthro, the goaltending coach with the Screaming Eagles.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish these players all the best as they attend camps next month.

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