Two Newfoundlanders on the Maritime Hockey League’s Campbellton Tigers have been invited to the Team Canada East selection camp next month in Cornwall, Ont.
The camp is in advance of the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Goaltender Tristan Gray of Bonavista and Kyle Petten of Coley’s Point are two of 44 players invited to camp Aug. 7-9 in Cornwall, Ont.
The two will find a familiar face at the camp; Greg Leland, head coach of the Tigers — who lost to the Yarmouth Mariners in the Maritime league final this past spring — will be an assistant with Team Canada East.
Gray, who has one of the better Twitter handles among local hockey players — @50savesofgray — was 16-11 for the Tigers last season with a 2.35 goals against average and .924 save percentage. In the playoffs, has sported a 1.82 GAA and .936 save percentage.
Petten split last season between Campbellton and the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads. In 14 games with the Tigers, Petten scored 10 goals. He had another six in 15 playoff games.
Campbell reached the MHL’s Canadian Tire Cup final last season before being swept by the Yarmouth Mariners.
Players selected for the identification camp for the Canada East squad come from the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s five eastern junior A leagues — Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, Ontario Junior Hockey League, Central Canada Hockey League, Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec and the Maritime Hockey League.