Wouters, Dach and Maier going to Team Canada camps
Three members of the Saskatoon Blades organisation hope to wear Team Canada colours in the near future.
16-year-old’s Kirby Dach and Nolan Maier have been invited to the World Under-17 Challenge development camp.
Dach’s impressive WHL debut as a 15-year-old included 10 points in 19 games. He was the Blades first round pick, second overall in 2016.
Maier was taken in the second round, 25th overall. The goaltender from Yorkton recently took part in the invitation-only Hockey Canada program of excellence goaltenders camp.
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 is among 24 forward invited to the National Under-18 camp. The Blades first round pick in 2015 totalled 24 points in 54 games as a WHL rookie and was first line centre for the team that captured silver at the 2016 World Under-17 Challenge.
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.