A Prince George ‘Goat’ could soon make an appearance between the pipes for Canada at a world hockey event.
Cougars’ Taylor Gauthier is one of three goaltenders selected to the Men’s National Under-18 training squad ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Sweden.
The team will host the 23-man camp in Finland, reducing the roster to 20 before the start of the competition against nine other countries.
The 18-year-old is joined by Kamloops netminder Dylan Garand and Jonathan Lemieux of Val-d’Or in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
Taylor Gauthier named to @HC_Men Under-18 Team training camp roster, ahead of the 2019 World Under-18 Hockey Championship. | #WHL #U18Worlds— PG Cougars (@PGCougars) April 5, 2019
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This is the third time the Calgary product will have a chance at wearing the maple leaf on his chest.
He was the gold medal-winning goaltender for Team Canada at the 2018 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup; he came in relief midway through the first period of the final match after his team gave up an early 2-0 lead against Sweden.
Canada eventually won 6-2 thanks to Gauthier’s 16-save performance.
The other time was at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John when he played for Team Canada-White.
This season, Gauthier solidified the number-one goaltender spot on Prince George and went on to backstop 15 of the Cougars’ 19 wins, which also included three shutouts and a .899 save-percentage (SV%).
Gauthier becomes the second Cougar in as many days to be selected to a country’s training camp roster after Matej Toman was added to the Czech Republic’s team ahead of the Under-18 tournament.
The IIHF event takes place April 18 to 28 in Sweden.