Sawchenko & Willms invited to Hockey Canada goalie camp

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The Moose Jaw Warriors are excited about their goaltenders of the future.

Zach Sawchenko, left, keeps on eye on American forward Christian Fischer in the gold medal final at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Saturday in Sydney, N.S.

So too is Hockey Canada.

Monday Zach Sawchenko and Brody Willms were both invited the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence goaltending camp.

Hockey Canada has invited  34 goaltenders in three age categories to attend the ninth annual goaltending camp. It will take place June 11-14 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The camp will feature 10 goaltenders in the under-20 category who are eligible for the world junior team, eight under-18s and 16 under-17 goalies.

Sawchenko posted a 9-13-0-1 record in his rookie season with the Warriors. The 16-year-old Calgary product had a 3.63 goals-against-average and a .885 save percentage.

Sawchenko is joined by Prince Albert goalie Nick McBride as the two under-18 goalies from the WHL.

Willms had a 15-3 record with the Okanagan Hockey Academy last year and posted a 2.28 GAA. The Coquitlam, B.C. product will be with the under-17 group. The 15-year-old is eligible to play in the WHL this season.

The camp will include both on-ice and off-ice sessions for all three groups. The U18 and U20 netminders will be led by Fred Brathwaite and Sean Burke form Hockey Canada.

David Marcoux from Hockey Canada — who is a former Warriors goalie consultant — will lead the under-17 program on the ice.

South of the border Warriors defenceman Tyler Brown has been invited the USA Hockey's under-17 selection camp which will select the team for the Memorial of Hlinka Tournament at the end of the summer.

Organizations: Markin MacPhail Centre, Hockey Canada, Prince Albert Okanagan Hockey Academy USA Hockey

Geographic location: Calgary, Canada Olympic Park, Coquitlam

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