Published on January 13, 2014
Published on January 03, 2014
Published on March 22, 2014
Charlottetown Islanders goaltender Mason McDonald blocks a shot from a falling Nikolaj Ehlers of the Halifax Mooseheads Saturday during the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.
Jeff Harper/Metro Halifax
Islanders goalie one of three netminders battling for spots for Finland trip
Mason McDonald’s hockey season has been extended.
The Charlottetown Islanders goalie was one of 22 players invited to the Canadian under-18 team’s training camp for the world hockey championships in Finland from April 17 to 27.
The camp begins today and runs through Tuesday.
“It’s a great opportunity for him,” Islanders coach Gordie Dwyer told The Guardian. “I think his play warrants his naming to Team Canada” for the training camp.
McDonald is one of three goalies in camp. Chicoutimi's Julio Billia and Niagara's Brent Moran are the other two.
McDonald, who turns 18 on April 23, was acquired in a December trade from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
He went 5-10 with a 3.35 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in the regular season with the Islanders. He started all four playoff games with the Halifax Mooseheads.
McDonald played for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament last summer. The roster for April’s tournament is comprised of players, whose club teams have been eliminated from the playoffs.
Dwyer coached the Canada squad in the tournament two seasons ago.
“That tournament was an exceptional experience,” he said. “I truly enjoyed every minute of it.”
Kevin Dineen, who coached the Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team in Sochi, will coached this year’s under-18 team.
McDonald is one of six players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to be invited to the camp.
The six-foot-four, 186-pound, left-handed goalie is eligible for this summer’s NHL Draft.
He participated in the Canadian Hockey League/National Hockey League Top Prospects Game in January in Calgary.