Canada’s National Women’s Program identifies 20 goaltenders

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HOCKEY CANADA RELEASES ROSTERS FOR WOMEN’S, MEN’S GOALTENDING CAMPS

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has invited 20 of the nation’s top female goaltenders, and 34 of the country’s best male goaltenders, to attend its annual goaltending camps in Calgary in early June.

Canada’s National Women’s Program identifies 20 goaltenders for annual camp

Canada’s National Women’s Program has invited the nation’s top goaltenders to its annual goaltending camp as part of the evaluation process for identifying the players who will be invited to future national team camps and events.

This year’s goaltending camp runs June 2-5 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, and features: eight netminders in the under-18 group – three of which took part last year; five goaltenders in the development group; and four international medallists with the national team group.

“We have some of the top goaltenders in the world and we want to capitalize on each player’s talent,” said Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs. “This is a chance for our players to learn from and train with some of the best women’s high performance goaltending coaches in Canada, both on and off the ice.”

Instructors for the camp include:

· Nicolas Champagne (Laval, Que./Université de Montréal, RSEQ)

· Matt Cockell (Winnipeg/Brandon, WHL)

· Roxanne Douville (Beloeil, Que./ University of Vermont, Hockey East)

· Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Hockey Canada)

· Maxime Joyal (Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Que./Limoilou, CEGEP)

· Brad Kirkwood (Calgary /University of Calgary, CWUAA)

· Kyle MacDonald (Rothesay, N.B./Hockey New Brunswick)

· Amanda Mazzotta (London, Ont./Quinnipiac, ECAC)

· Sandy Sampson (Whitby, Ont./Ryerson University, CIS)

· Amanda Tapp (Calgary/Hockey Alberta)

· Pasquale Valana (Delta, B.C./B.C. Hockey)

· Perry Wilson (LaSalle, Ont./Hockey Canada)

National Women’s Program alumna Roxanne Douville and Amanda Mazzotta are making the change from goaltending to instructing. Mazzotta has found success behind the bench with Hockey Canada, serving as goaltending coach with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team in 2014-15, and with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team in 2015-16. Douville, who was a member of Team Canada at the U18 and development levels, is making her debut with the program as an instructor.

Thirty-four goaltenders invited to 11th annual Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp

Hockey Canada’s national men’s team program has its sights set on next season, extending invitations to 34 goaltenders to its annual Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp – taking place June 9-12 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

The camp brings together some of 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.

Candidates for inclusion in Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp include 10 of the top under-20 talent. Meanwhile, eight Canada National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team hopefuls are also set to take part, and 16 contenders in the under-17 group.

“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).

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