Fonstad invited to Hockey Canada summer development camp

Estevan’s Cole Fonstad is among 43 players invited to attend Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp from July 27 to Aug. 4 in Plymouth, Mich.

The five goaltenders, 13 defencemen and 25 forwards selected for the camp were revealed on Wednesday. They will be split into two teams – Red and White. The Canadians will play four games in Plymouth, taking on the United States twice in addition to matches against Finland and Sweden.

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Whitewood’s Brad McEwen, who is the head scout for the Program of Excellence, and management group member Mark Hunter put the roster together, and will continue to monitor the athletes through the start of the 2019-20 season ahead of Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.

“We’re very pleased with the group that will be brought together in Plymouth,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. “This is a development opportunity for some of the younger athletes, and it’s a great opportunity for our coaching staff and players to start developing a solid relationship ahead of the World Juniors.”

Fonstad was selected in the fifth round, 128th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent the past three seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.

This past season, he helped the Raiders win the league title for the first time since 1985, and he had an impressive showing at the Memorial Cup national tournament, where he had a goal and two assists in three games.

Fonstad was part of Team Canada at the World Under 18 Hockey Championships in 2018.

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