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Dec. 1, 2015

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – Christmas has come early for Mason McDonald.

The Halifax netminder was one of two goaltenders named to Canada’s National Junior Team on Tuesday morning. The announcement was made in Toronto as Hockey Canada revealed the names of the 30 players invited to participate in Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, being held Dec. 10-14 in Toronto. But with just two goalies on the invitation list, McDonald is automatically on the team.

The selection camp, being held at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont., will feature two games against a team of players from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) on Dec. 12 and 13. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2015 to Jan. 5, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.

McDonald, a 6’4” goaltender with the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is 7-10 this season with a 3.45 GAA and 0.893 SV%. He is the first Nova Scotian on the team since Nathan MacKinnon suited up for Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Russia.

McDonald was drafted 34th overall by the Calgary Flames in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the first goalie selected at the draft.

The Islanders goaltender previously represented Canada at the 2014 Under-18 World Hockey Championship where he finished the tournament with a 1.90 GAA and .930 save percentage in six games for Canada. McDonald won bronze with the national team and was also named the tournament's top goaltender.

Canada opens the tournament against the United States on Saturday, Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. AST. Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters, TSN and RDS, are scheduled to broadcast all tournament games, including three pre-tournament games Dec. 19, 20, and 23; check local listings for details.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Mason on his selection to the national team. We wish you the best of luck in Finland!

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