Ex-Victoria Grizzlies put through their paces at off-season NHL development camps

Summer off from hockey not in the cards for elite players

A trio of former Victoria Grizzlies players have put their skills to the test, looking to make an impression at summer development camps with National Hockey League teams this year.

Undrafted free agent goaltender Matt Ginn took to the ice earlier this month at the Vancouver Canucks’ prospects camp in Shawnigan Lake School.

Last season the native of Lindsay, Ont. posted a 2.10 goals against average and a .931 save percentage for a mediocre Holy Cross team in the NCAA’s Div. 1 Atlantic Hockey conference. Ginn, 24, also played seven games for the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, putting up a 2.12 average and .932 saves mark.

Forward Joel Lowry and defenceman Nolan DeJong were the other former Grizzlies involved in NHL development camps this summer.

Lowry, 23, a 2011 draft pick by Los Angeles, finished his third NCAA Div. 1 season with the Cornell Big Red of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (seven goals, 17 assists in 32 games) this spring and is on the Kings’ prospects list.

Greater Victoria native DeJong, 20, wound up his second season with the University of Michigan.

He was picked by Minnesota in the 2013 entry draft and is on the Wild’s prospect list, along with Western Hockey League stalwart Jack Walker of the Victoria Royals.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Island Corridor Foundation optimistic about restoring rail service

If green-lighted, first priority would be Langford to Victoria route

Students schooled on West Shore RCMP

Presentations cover different elements of policing

Passenger passes out on a bus in Sooke

Man was revived and was alert and coherent

Federal environment minister faces protesters in Saanich

Catherine McKenna defended her government’s environmental record

Food service workers at Victoria airport protest for second time in four months

Negotiations continue to drag on with employer Compass Group Canada, VAA refuses to engage

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

B.C. dog owner sues after pet killed in beaver trap

A Kamloops man is suing the operator of a trapline north of the city after his dog died

Heading soccer balls can cause damage to brain cells: UBC study

Roughly 42 per cent of children in the country play soccer, according to statistics from Heritage Canada

Supreme Court hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration

Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review.

Canada Post issues new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Ebay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

No G20 member has climate plan strong enough to meet Paris targets: report

Canada’s push to be a world leader in the fight against climate change may be hampered by its distinction for producing the most greenhouse gas emissions per person among the world’s 20 largest economies.

Federal and provincial government spend more dough on ecological ‘Timbits’

Ottawa and Victoria spend $14.65 million completing conservation area in southeastern B.C.

Talent show: B.C. girl, 8, memorizes entire periodic table

Grade 4 student Maya Lakhanpal heads to B.C. talent show finals with unique talent

Most Read