Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Program has invited the nation’s top goaltenders to its annual goaltending camp as part of the evaluation process for identifying the players who will be invited to the future National Women’s Team Programs.
Ava Boutilier of Charlottetown is one of 8 goaltenders from the Under 18 group that have been invited to attend the National Goalie Camp. This year’s goaltending camp runs June 2-5 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, and features: eight netminders in the under-18 group – three of which took part last year; five goaltenders in the development group; and four international medallists with the national team group.
Boutilier was a member of Team PEI that competed at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC and last year was a member of Team Atlantic for the National Women’s Under-18 Championship held in Huntsville, Ontario. She has been a member of the Hockey PEI Program of Excellence and last season, Boutilier was a member of the Charlottetown Midget AAA Abbies male team.
“We have some of the top goaltenders in the world and we want to capitalize on each player’s talent,” said Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs. “This is a chance for our players to learn from and train with some of the best women’s high performance goaltending coaches in Canada, both on and off the ice.”