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Jun. 2, 2016

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has invited 34 of the country’s best male goaltenders to attend its annual goaltending camp in Calgary in early June.

Among the list of invitees to the 11th Annual Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp taking place June 9-12 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary are five Nova Scotians.

Lower Sackville’s Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke Phoenix, QMJHL), who recently represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, has received an invitation to the national under-20 summer development camp and will vie for a spot on Canada’s 2017 World Junior roster.

Fitzpatrick’s brother Lucas (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL) is one of three Nova Scotia netminders to earn an invite to the under-17 camp. Fitzpatrick will be joined in Calgary by Colten Ellis (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL) and Alec MacDonald (Newbridge Academy Under-18, Prep).

Rounding out the list of invitees from Nova Scotia is Halifax’s Matt Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders, QMJHL). Welsh will compete for a spot on the national under-18 men’s roster.

The camp brings together some of the best netminding talent in the nation with top Canadian instructors from across North America, and kicks off the evaluation period for summer development and selection camps at the under-17, under-18, and under-20 levels.

“The Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp has allowed us to develop our top talent - both on and off the ice, using world-class goaltending instructors from across North America,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and men’s national teams. “The line-up of instructors are able to breakdown each goalie’s game, sharpen their skills and give them every opportunity to develop their talent and grow as a player.”

Overseen by Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, Ryan Jankowski and goaltending consultant, Fred Brathwaite, the camp includes both on- and off-ice sessions with instruction from: Kory Cooper (Mississauga, OHL), Dan DePalma (Kamloops, WHL), Brad Kirkwood (Hockey Canada), Phil Myre (Saginaw, OHL), Stéphane Proulx (Gatineau, QMJHL) and Paul Schonfelder (Ottawa, 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: Dave Alexander (Syracuse, AHL), Brady Robinson (Lehigh Valley, AHL), Dwayne Roloson, (Anaheim, NHL), Mike Valley (Dallas, NHL), Andrew Verner, (Peterborough, OHL), and Rick Wamsley (Hockey Canada).

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish these five Calgary-bound goaltenders the best of luck at the national camp.

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