Chris Driedger‘s season with the Calgary Hitmen has come to an end, but the Western Hockey League goaltender may not be ready to put the pads away just yet.
Driedger may be called to action for one of two goaltending positions for Canada’s entry at the World Under-18 Championship in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic, April 12-22, 2012.
“I think they’ve been talking to my agent,” Driedger said. “I’m not too sure if I’m on the team yet. They haven’t come out with the list yet.”
Driedger’s season came to an end after the Hitmen fell in five games to the Brandon Wheat Kings, making him available to Hockey Canada if need be.
“It would be really cool to be in that going to the Czech Republic,” Driedger said. “Hopefully, I’ve got my fingers crossed, but Hockey Canada has a couple of good guys in the system so we’ll have to see what happens.”
No stranger to Hockey Canada, Driedger was one of six goaltenders under the age of 18 invited to their summer goaltending camp last June. He wasn’t, however, invited to try out for Canada’s entry at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.
In 44 games this season, Driedger had a 24-12-3 record with a 2.80 goals against average and .896 save percentage.