Connor Ingram is at least on Hockey Canada’s radar.
Ingram had a terrific sophomore season with the Kamloops Blazers and now has been invited to Hockey Canada’s 11th annual Program of Excellence goaltending camp.
The camp is scheduled for the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, June 9-12.
Hockey Canada invited 34 goaltenders to the camp, with Ingram one of 10 players to take part with the U-20 group.
This camp signals the start of the evaluation period that leads into selection camps for Canada’s U-17, U-18 and U-20 teams.
Also included in the U-20 group are three other WHL goaltenders — Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips, Zach Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors and Stuart Skinner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The camp will be overseen by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, and goaltending consultant Fred Brathwaite. Dan De Palma, the Blazers’ goaltending coach, will be one of the on-ice instructors.
Ingram, who turned 19 on March 31, is a native of Imperial, Sask. This season, he played in 61 of the Blazers’ 72 regular-season games, going 34-15-9, with a 2.61 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
Ingram attended the Detroit Red Wings’ prospects camp last summer, but hasn’t signed a pro contract. He is eligible for the NHL’s 2016 draft that is scheduled for Buffalo, June 24 and 25.
Former Blazers F Brendan Ranford, 24, has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Dallas Stars. The Edmonton native led the AHL’s Texas Stars with 59 points, including 19 goals, in 76 games this season. He also led the Stars in assists. Ranford added a goal and three assists in four playoff games. In 214 regular-season AHL games over three seasons, Ranford has 143 points, 49 of them goals. According to capfriendly.com, Ranford will receive US$600,000 if he plays in the NHL, or $200,000 in the AHL. In each of the past two seasons, his AHL salary was $70,000.
D Patrik Maier, who was traded by the Blazers to the Moose Jaw Warriors this season, has signed a one-year contract with Nové Zámky (Slovakia, 1. Liga). This season, he had two goals and one assist in 18 games with Kamloops, and two goals and an assist in 30 games with Moose Jaw.
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