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GDI Goalies Named To U-16 Team Manitoba
Hockey Manitoba is excited to announce the final roster for U-16 (Male) Team Manitoba competing at the 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary, AB later this month. The roster comprised of twenty players features some of the best Manitoba talent born in 2003. The selection process began with player scouting throughout the 2016-17 Bantam season followed by U-16 Program of Excellence (POE) camps held in April, May, and August then finishing with a final evaluation exhibition game in late September. U-16 Team Manitoba will travel October 15 - 22 to compete at the 2017 WHL Cup which includes a pre-tournament exhibition game against the centralized pre-Olympic roster for the National Women's Team.
The U-16 roster includes twenty (20) names with two (2) goaltenders, six (6) defensemen , and twelve (12) forwards. The final roster includes fifteen total 2017 WHL Bantam Draft picks including Seth Jarvis (11th, Portland Winterhawks) and Daemon Hunt (15th, Moose Jaw Warriors) both selected in the first round. Player selection breakdown by Hockey Manitoba Region; Brandon - 3, Central Plains - 1, Norman - 1, Parkland - 1, Westman South - 3, Winnipeg - 9, Yellowhead - 2.
The Western Hockey League, in partnership with BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada will host the event at the WinSport Markin MacPhail Centre located in Calgary Olympic Park. The WHL Cup formerly known as the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup is a four team round-robin tournament and skills combine with Alberta, BC, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan serving as a major showcase for top Western Hockey League prospects and the Hockey Canada U-17 Program of Excellence. Full tournament schedule to be released by the Western Hockey League on October 6.
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GDI Goalies Dante Giannuzzi and Nikulas Jerris were both selected to represent Manitoba at the WHL Cup.
Both Giannuzzi and Jerris have been training with GDI for countless years through 1v1 lessons and the G1 Off-Season Program. Both goaltenders are also members of the RHA Nationals Elite 15's. GDI Director Dan Ferguson is the goaltending consultant for the U-16 Team Manitoba.
Newton A Brick Wall In Net
How to get the puck past Flin Flon goalie Brenden Newton is a question that has gone unanswered for many Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League shooters so far this season.
The 20-year-old has been brilliant at the start of his final junior campaign, playing every minute for the Bombers so far this season.
After last weekend, he led the league in goals against average (1.69) and save percentage (.944).
“I think as a team we feel very confident that we have the best goaltender in the league back there,” said Bombers head coach Mike Reagan.
Newton has staked the team to a 4-1-0-2 record.
Reagan has observed a focused and more mature Newton in net.
“He understands that he has to be a rock back there for us,” Reagan said. “I think that he understands that this is his last chance to make a good impression on scouts. I have no doubt in my mind that he is going to be a (NCAA Division I) goaltender … I just like his approach to the game right now and so far this season.”
The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder is definitely an athlete and he has used his natural abilities and reactions to make big saves.
However, when asked about his success so far, Newton pointed to the mental side of the game.
“I believe it’s been my game preparation that has helped me be successful so far this season, treating every game like it’s do or die and making sure I’m mentally prepared for what’s to come,” said Newton, before the team’s weekend sweep of Melville, in which he recorded his first shutout of the season.
After two successful seasons splitting time with Zac Robidoux, Newton has taken on the role of being the Flin Flon Bombers’ No. 1 goalie.
“My experience in the league has helped me cope with the pressures of being a starting goalie,” the Medicine Hat product said. “I know what I’m capable of; it’s just a matter of getting to that level night in and night out.”
That consistency is what Reagan is looking for.
“For us to be successful, we need to have Newts playing his best hockey and giving us a chance to win each and every night,” the head coach said. “That’s what the best goalies in the league do. They give you a chance every night.”
In front of Newton is a talented but young defensive corps.
“When they make a mistake, he has to bail them out,” Reagan said. “He has done that early on for us.”
After playing midget AAA for the Wilcox-based Notre Dame Hounds, Newton came to the Bombers for the 2015-2016 season. He proved he could compete in the SJHL and had seven wins in the playoffs, helping the Bombers make it to the finals against Melfort.
Last season Newton earned the win in three postseason tilts while helping the team get to the finals to face Battlefords.
“The best part of playing for the Bombers is being part of a winning culture,” Newton said. “Winning is fun, and the past couple years I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of successful teams.”
Newton has certainly played a role in that success. He posted two shutouts as a rookie and three last season. He feels his game has developed during his time in the city built on rock.
“Since I’ve joined the Bombers, I feel like my mental side of the game has improved a lot,” Newton said. “Reaching the level of focus needed to be a consistently good goaltender isn’t an easy task, but it’s something I’ve put a lot of work into.”
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Newton has trained with GDI through 1v1 Lessons as well as Team Practice Attendance. GDI Director Dan Ferguso is also the goaltending coach of the Flin Flon Bombers.
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