The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce goaltender Taylor Gauthier (’01) has been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for November 16th– December 13th in Red Deer, AB.
The 46 players invited, including five goaltenders, 15 defenceman, and 26 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 25th– January 5th in Edmonton, AB.
“Taylor is a premier goaltender in our league and has a proven track record with Hockey Canada,” said Cougars’ General Manager & Head Coach Mark Lamb. “This is a tremendous opportunity for him and we’re thrilled to see him get the recognition he deserves.”
Gauthier, 19, had a career year in the 2019-20 season. Gauthier was first in the WHL in minutes played (2870), tied for first in games played (50), second in shots (1677), and second in saves (1537). The Calgary, Alta. product set career highs in wins (16), goals-against average (2.93), and save percentage (.917). He also had two shutouts. The 6’2, 190-pound netminder was named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltender of the Week, for the week ending January 26, 2020. In 137 career regular season games, Gauthier has 39 wins and a .903 save percentage.
Gauthier is quite familiar with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, having played at the 2019 IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championship, the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and the 2017 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. Gauthier won a gold medal with the men’s national team at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton, AB.
“We know our athletes are excited for the opportunity to defend gold on home ice this year, and we expect a highly competitive selection camp with a number of difficult decisions to be made when it comes to selecting the players who will wear the maple leaf in Edmonton in December,” said Hockey Canada Senior Vice-President of National Teams, Scott Salmond.
The selection camp will include practices and three instrasquad games, as well as six games against a team of U SPORTS all-starts, between November 28th and December 13th.
The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Boxing Day against Germany at 3 pm PT. TSN will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games, that begins on December 20th.