Everett Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart’s busy offseason continues this weekend as Hart will attend Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp in Calgary.
The goaltending camp is the initial step in identifying goaltenders for Team Canada’s U-17, U-18 and U-20 rosters.
“For the past 11 years, this goaltending camp has allowed us to monitor, evaluate and continue to develop elite-level players in a short amount of time,” Scott Salmond of Hockey Canada said in a press release. “Some players have just ended their seasons, but the opportunity to scout them all season and through this camp, we’re able to look ahead and plan for our development and selection camps with the talent we have.”
It’s the third time Hart has participated in the event that is now in its 12th year. In total there are 10 goalies affiliated with WHL clubs headed to the event including Prince Albert’s Ian Scott and Lethbridge’s Stuart Skinner who will join Hart in the U-20 group. Carl Stankowski of the Seattle Thunderbirds will compete in the U-18 group, while Roman Basran (Kelowna), Boston Bilous (Edmonton), Byron Fancy (Red Deer), Taylor Gauthier (Prince George) Nolan Maier (Saskatoon) and Trent Miner (Vancouver) are all attending the U-17 camp.
Hart is coming off a stellar season in which he won his second consecutive WHL Goaltender of the Year Award. He backstopped Team Canada to the silver medal at last year’s World Junior Championship and figures to be a lock to make the roster again this winter.
The camp features a number of well-regarded goaltending instructors from Canada including Dustin Schwartz of the Edmonton Oilers who works with Hart during the offseason.
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