Leading the way are four Manitoban athletes, showcasing their abilities at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, in front of a horde of scouts, coaches and consultants.
On the men’s side of things, the 2019 Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp features one Manitoban; Trent Miner, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound, left-catching 18-year-old out of Brandon. The Canadian Under-17 Goaltending Camp also features one Manitoban; Tyler Brennan, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound, left-catching 15-year-old from Winnipeg.
The Canadian Women’s National Development Team Goaltending Camp is highlighted by two female Manitoban netminders; 5-foot-10, 180-pound, 21-year-old backstop Kristen Campbell of Brandon, and Ste. Anne’s Raygan Kirk- a 5-foot-9, 150-pound 18-year-old goaltender.
Miner went 24-5-1 in 32 regular season games with the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants this past season, finishing the season with a 1.98 goals against average and a rock-solid .924 save percentage. His Giants came up one shot short of the WHL championship, losing to the Prince Albert Raiders in overtime of game seven on Monday, May 13th.
Brennan spent his second-straight season with The Rink Hockey Academy in Winnipeg, suiting up for 28 games, where he went 21-5-2 with five shutouts, a 2.69 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. The 15-year-old also earned a midseason call up from the WHL’s Prince George Cougar when his parent club needed a goaltender.
Campbell had a miraculous 2018-19 season for the Wisconsin Badgers, dressing in all 41 games, the 21-year-old went 35-4-2, with a 1.03 goals against average, and a .940 save percentage en route to winning the NCAA championship with the Badgers. Campbell collected the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award as well as the Goaltender of the Tournament honour.
Kirk dressed in 23 games for the Eastman Selects in 2018-19, posting a 1.83 goals against average and a .946 save percentage. She was selected for the Canadian U-18 team, where she walked away with a gold medal and the tournament MVP award. Despite missing significant time as she practiced/played with the Canadian team, Kirk collected eight wins and one shutout this past season.
Also on the rosters of the Canadian goaltending camps is goaltending coach Gord Woodhall of Winnipeg, therapist Karyn Fanstone of Oakbank, and goaltending consultant James Jensen of Gillam.