T-Birds goalie Prospect Thomas Milic invited to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goaltending camp

WHL Network
Brian Liesse

Calgary, Alta. –Seattle Thunderbirds prospect goalie Thomas Milic has been invited to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp in preparation for the 2019-20 season with a four-day goaltending camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Milic is one of eight WHL goaltenders that have been to the camp.

Milic was selected by the T-Birds in the third round, 51st overall, of the 2018  Bantam Draft. Last season Milic played 20 games for the Burnaby Winter Club Prep team in the CSSHL and had a .908 save percentage and a 2.41 goals against average.  Milic signed a Standard WHL Player Agreement on August 28, 2018.

The camp brings together the top goaltending talent and elite-level instructors from across the country. They serve as the initial evaluation stage for summer development and selections camps for Canada’s national teams.

The Program of Excellence goaltending camp, set for June 5-8, will welcome 26 male goaltenders, including 10 at the under-20 level, four at the under-18 level and 12 in the under-17 category. Of those groupings, four WHL goaltenders have been invited to participate at the under-20 level, one at the under-18 level, and three at the under-17 level.

Leading the way at the under-20 level are WHL goaltenders Roman Basran (Abbotsford, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets), Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta. / Prince George Cougars), Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask. / Saskatoon Blades), and Trent Miner (Brandon, Man. / Vancouver Giants). The quartet of goaltenders are on the radar of the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting service ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft later this month in Vancouver, B.C. In April’s final rankings, Miner was the top-ranked goaltender of the four invited, coming in at sixth among North American goaltenders. Gauthier is ranked seventh, Basran is 18th, and Maier is 22nd.

At the under-18 level, Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C. / Kamloops Blazers) earned an invitation. Garand was part of the driving force behind the Blazers securing a playoff spot in the final 10 days of the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, posting a 5-0-1-0 record, 1.63 goals-against average, a .939 save percentage, and one shutout down the stretch. Garand then won the ensuing tiebreaker game on March 19, 2019 against the Rockets, stopping 27 of 28 shots.

Invited to participate in the camp at the under-17 level were a trio of WHL goaltenders in Tyler Brennan (Winnipeg, Man. / Prince George Cougars), Thomas Milic (Coquitlam, B.C. / Seattle Thunderbirds), and Drew Sim (Tees, Alta. / Vancouver Giants). All three goaltenders were selected in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft and represented their respective provinces at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Level Name Hometown WHL Team
U20 Roman Basran Abbotsford, B.C. Kelowna Rockets
U20 Taylor Gauthier Calgary, Alta. Prince George Cougars
U20 Nolan Maier Yorkton, Sask. Saskatoon Blades
U20 Trent Miner Brandon, Man. Vancouver Giants
U18 Dylan Garand Victoria, B.C. Kamloops Blazers
U17 Tyler Brennan Winnipeg, Man. Prince George Cougars
U17 Thomas Milic Coquitlam, B.C. Seattle Thunderbirds
U17 Drew Sim Tees, Alta. Vancouver Giants

All on-ice sessions are open to the public and media.

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Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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