Friday, 30 July 2010

Liston Anxious for U-18 Camp

Brandon Wheat Kings' prospect Liam Liston hopes to have a busy month of August.

Liston is one of four goaltenders attending the National Men's Under-18 team Selection Camp in Calgary over the next five days in hopes of making the roster for the team that will represent our country at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic.

Liston is one of just three players at the camp that didn't play in the Canadian Hockey League last season and the St. Albert, Alberta product is hoping to reward Hockey Canada's faith in him.

"Hockey Canada might have taken a bit of a leap of faith and gone outside their comfort range in inviting me to the camp," says the 6-foot-2, 190 pound Liston, "I think a lot of it had to do with my off-ice personality along with my play this year. Hopefully, I can reward their faith in me and we'll see how it goes."

Liston played with Team Pacific at last year's World Under-17 Hockey Challenge so he has some experience in Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence and knows the camp will be about more than just stopping the puck.

"You want to make sure you play as well as you can on the ice but you also want to make yourself known off the ice," says Liston, a third round pick of Brandon in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, "You don't have to do too much, just be yourself and, hopefully, they take note of it."

Liston was the Alberta Midget Hockey League's Goaltender of the Year last season, recording a 2.23 GAA with the St. Albert Sports Raiders.

He also spent the playoffs and Memorial Cup as the third-string goaltender with Brandon and is expected to make the jump to the Wheat Kings full-time in 2010-2011.

42 players will be at the camp with Winnipeg product Michael St. Croix of the Edmonton Oil Kings the lone Manitoban invited to the camp.

Other WHLers attending include:

- D Ryan Murray (Everett)

- D Myles Bell (Regina)

- D Reece Scarlett (Swift Current)

- D Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon)

- F Adam Lowry (Swift Current)

- F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Red Deer)

- F Ty Rattie (Portland)

- F Colin Smith (Kamloops)

- F Mark McNeill (Prince Albert)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully he can be a full-time good WHL goalie this season. We are not in a position to use a 20-year old spot on a goalie.