Cape Breton Eagles first round draft pick Nicolas Ruccia is one of 23 goaltenders who has named to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goaltending camp. 12 goaltenders were selected in the Under-17 category, five of whom were chosen in this past weekend’s QMJHL draft.
The virtual camp will take place from June 9th to June 12th and will focus on goaltender development and evaluation through online education. “The Program of Excellence goaltending camp is a great opportunity to bring together the top young goaltenders in the country and assist with the development process for these athletes,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada. “Despite the unique nature of this year’s camp and the switch to an online delivery for our programs, we believe all 23 goalies will benefit from world-class instruction as we continue to prepare for a new season.”
Last season Ruccia, who was selected 17th overall in the QMJHL draft on Friday night, played for Laval-Montréal Rousseau Royal in the Quebec Midget AAA league. He collected 14 wins while posting a 2.54 goals against average and a 903 save percentage.