Nolan Maier // photo: Taylor Crosby, Hockey Canada Images
Saskatoon, SK – Three members of the Saskatoon Blades will be vying for a spot to represent Canada on the world stage.
Hockey Canada has released their invite lists for the U17 and U18 National Team selection camps which take place this summer. Rookie phenom, Kirby Dach, along with fellow 16 year old Nolan Maier will look to impress at the U17 camp, while 17 year old sophomore Chase Wouters is hopeful for the U18 National squad.
Kirby Dach was selected 2nd overall by the Blades at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, and appeared in 19 games as a 15 year old last season, wooing Blades fans with his dynamic skill while collecting 10 points in the process.
The 25th overall pick in the 2016 Draft was goaltender, Nolan Maier. The 16 year old from Yorkton, Saskatchewan recently took part in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Camp. The camp was invite only and Maier was one of 16 net minders in his age group to get the call. Maier spent last year with his hometown Yorkton Maulers of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, posting .920SV% and a 2.72GAA in 24 contests. Maier is one of 12 goaltenders attending the U17 camp.
Chase Wouters, another 1st round selection of the Blades back in 2015, will be entering his 2nd full season in the WHL in September. Wouters earned some credibility with Hockey Canada last year when he won a silver medal at the World U17 Championships. Wouters began the tournament in the bottom six group of forwards, but finished centering the top line and was an integral part of the Silver medal squad. Wouters’ on and off ice skill and leadership obviously didn’t go unnoticed by Hockey Canada which has earned him a call to try out for the U18 group. In his rookie season with the Blades, Wouters had 21 points in 54 outings. Wouters is among 24 forwards heading to the U18 selection camp. The National U18 team will head overseas for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August with hopes of returning to the podium after winning eight consecutive Gold Medals from 2008-2015.
Saskatoon Blades Athletic Therapist, Brenden Hope, will also head off to the U17 selection camp in Calgary. Hope came to the Blades last season after working in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the Virden Oil Capitals. Brenden displayed tremendous passion and professionalism in a season filled with injuries and rehabilitation for the Blades.
The Blades are extremely proud to have our players and staff continuing to represent our team and country in international competition.
To read the full release from Hockey Canada, click here.