Many of the top 2002-born goaltenders from across the United States converged on the Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y., last week for the 2018 USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp.
There were five games throughout the week, plus the All-Star Game on the final day. From there, USA Hockey selected two goaltenders to compete on the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team that will compete at the Five Nations Tournament next month in Slovakia.
Norwood, Mass., native Gavin Fitzpatrick, a rising junior at Thayer Academy, was one of the two goaltenders chosen. The other was Colin Purcell of Cleveland Barons U15.
In addition to Fitzpatrick, two other goaltenders from the region participated in the camp: Connor Bradford (Kingston, Mass.) of Boston Advantage 15U and Matthew Gover (Atkinson, N.H.) of the New Hampshire Avalanche.
There were no committed goaltenders in this age group, and three listed below have direct ties to New England.
Here's how the top 2002-born goaltenders from the USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp stacked up: