The Kamloops Blazers will have a representative on Team Canada when the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup begins on Aug. 5 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.
Goalie Dylan Garand was announced as one of the 22 players on the final roster that will represent the nation at the international under-18 tournament next month.
The Victoria native is coming off a season in which he appeared in 27 games for the Blazers, posting a .902 save percentage and 2.94 goals-against average. Stepping in for an injured Dylan Ferguson down the stretch, he helped Kamloops sneak into the playoffs.
Garand and Tristan Lennox of the Saginaw Spirit, beat out Will Cranley and Joe Vrbetic for the two available goalie spots over the five-day selection camp in Calgary.
“We were pleased with the level of competition at selection camp, and our staff is confident in the 22 players that have earned their spot on Team Canada for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup,” said Brad McEwen, head scout for Canada's Program of Excellence, in a news release.
Canada will face off against Slovakia in pre-tournament action this weekend (Aug. 3) before moving on to Breclav.
They open the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup Monday, Aug. 5 against Finland at 6:30 a.m. local time.