Brossoit focused on final step to make Team Canada's World Junior Championship roster
CALGARY, AB -- Netminder Laurent Brossoit is heading into the Hockey Canada Selection Camp this week on a very good note.
The 19 year-old played his final game with the Edmonton Oil Kings before camp on Saturday, making 31 saves and leading his team to a 4-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen. The victory gives him to a 12-4-5 record this year with a GAA of 2.73 and his save percentage sitting at .901.
"I'm feeling good going into camp," Brossoit told CalgaryFlames.com. "I'm seeing the puck. I'm excited to get out there and I'm looking forward to it."
The Calgary Flames prospect has been on Hockey Canada's radar since the 2011-12 season when he helped the Oil Kings capture the WHL Championship. He attended their summer goaltending camp in Calgary, suited up for one game in the Canada-Russia Challenge in August and played for Team WHL in the Subway Super Series last month.
He wasn't happy with his performance in the Canada-Russia Challenge - allowing 6 goals in the Team Canada loss - but he used that experience to his advantage going into the Subway Super Series in November. In Team WHL's first game against the Russians, Brossoit shut the door and carried the team to a 1-0 SO victory.
"I just went in there and settled down," he explained. "Up to that point, I was thinking a little too much in net. I calmed down, relaxed and played a simple game."
Selection camp starts on Tuesday at the Markin MacPhail Centre - Rink A at WinSport with two practices being held before a Red vs. White intrasquad game at 7:00 PM.
There will be two games played against the CIS All-Stars later in the week. The CIS teams will be comprised of players from the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and Mount Royal University. Wednesday's game will start at 1:30 PM while the puck drops at 12:00 PM on Thursday.
Fans are encouraged to attend the games with three ways to gain admission: show your Club Hockey Canada card, bring a canned food item for donation or pay $5 at the door, which goes to the Hockey Canada Foundation to promote and foster accessibility to the game of hockey.
Fans can also attend practices free of charge. A full schedule can be found HERE.
Brossoit will be competing against Malcom Subban (Belleville Bulls -OHL), Jake Paterson (Saginaw Spirit - OHL) and Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound Attack - OHL) for one of the three goaltending positions up for grabs.
"I need to go in there and do the same thing as I did at the Super Series - not try too hard. I need to focus on the little things rather than trying to make big saves. I know they will come if I play my game and focus on the small things."