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Canada invites McDonald, Moran to goalie camp

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 4:49 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / 2014 NHL Draft blog

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Canada invites McDonald, Moran to goalie camp

Two of the top three North American goaltending prospects were among the 10 players invited by Hockey Canada to the Program of Excellence goaltending camp, to be held June 11-14 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

The camp is the first step in Canada picking its team for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be played in Toronto and Montreal.

Among those invited are Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Brent Moran of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

McDonald, No. 2 on Central Scouting's final ranking of players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, went 8-18 with a 3.44 goals-against average and .857 save percentage in 29 games split between Charlottetown and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder was at his best playing for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He stopped 38 of 39 shots in a 3-1 win against the Czech Republic in the bronze-medal game, and in six games at the tournament he had four wins, a 1.94 GAA and a .930 save percentage.

Moran, No. 3 on Central Scouting's final list, went 14-19-4 in 40 games this season, with a 3.85 GAA and .891 save percentage. He also started all seven games for Niagara in the OHL playoffs, and had a 2.86 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Three other 2014 draft prospects will be at the camp: Alec Dillon of the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League, No. 13 on Central Scouting's final list; Ty Edmonds of the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League, No. 18; and Julio Billia of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, No. 21.

Four players taken in the second round of the 2013 draft will be at the camp, including Montreal Canadiens prospect Zachary Fucale. Fucale, who played for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL this season, went 2-2 with a 2.42 GAA and .902 save percentage in five games for Canada at the 2014 WJC.

Also attending is Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Tristan Jarry, who led the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL to the Memorial Cup championship last month; Dallas Stars prospect Philippe Desrosiers, who spent last season with the Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL; and Eric Comrie, a Winnipeg Jets draft pick who played for the Tri-City Americans in the WHL last season.

Mackenzie Blackwood of the Barrie Colts of the OHL, a 2015 draft prospect, also was invited to the camp.

Leading the camp will be former NHL goaltenders Fred Brathwaite and Sean Burke, each of whom work for Hockey Canada.

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