Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Sebastian Cossa is among 23 goaltenders invited to Hockey Canada’s virtual four-day Program of Excellence goaltending camp from June 9-12.
Typically serving as the initial evaluation stage for summer development and selection camps for Canada’s national men’s teams, the online camp will focus on goaltender development and evaluation through online education.
Twenty-three of the top goaltenders in Canada will participate in camp, as well as 11 elite-level instructors. The list of goaltenders includes five at the under-20 level, six at the under-18 level and 12 at the under-17 level .
This marks Cossa’s first invitation to a Hockey Canada camp.
Cossa, a 6’5.5”, 206-pound netminder, has just completed his first season with the Oil Kings, appearing in 33 games, posting a 2.23 goals against average and a 0.921 save percentage. In his first game, on October 4, 2019 vs. the Swift Current Broncos, he registered his first WHL win and his first WHL shutout, making 40 saves.
During the shortened WHL campaign, the native of Fort McMurray, AB set a franchise record with 21 wins as a rookie and was named the recipient of the Oil Kings Unsung Hero Award. Cossa was also named the WHL Vaughn Goaltender of the Month for December 2019.
Cossa was the Oil Kings’ second-round selection, 36th overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
“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.”
Online sessions will include goaltender development, mental and physical performance, planning for short-term competition, environments for success, embracing the role of a back-up goaltender and more.