By Dave Leaderhouse
Photo credit: Stefanie Davis, Yorkton This Week
The Yorkton Terriers have stumbled out of the starting gate early in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League regular season, but the team did get some good news on Tuesday when it was announced that rookie netminder Nolan Maier has been picked to represent Canada at the upcoming World Under-17 Challenge slated for Nov. 5-11 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C.
The 16-year-old Maier is one of six goaltenders to make the final grade and will now be placed on one of three Canadian entries for the event, which will also feature teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
Maier has appeared in four games with his hometown Terriers posting a 5.27 goals-against-average and .883 save percentage, but at a summer evaluation camp for the under-17 squad he sparkled with a 1.95 GAA and .914 save percentage in two starts.
Maier, who attended the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades camp prior to joining the Terriers, was with the Yorkton Maulers of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League last season and in 24 games posted a 2.72 GAA to go with a .920 save percentage.
Maier will now wait to see which of the three squads – red, black or white – he is placed on and in two weeks will leave for northern B.C. for his first stint at representing his country.