Signed up

McDon­ald inks deal with Cal­gary Flames

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - METRO HAL­I­FAX

Hal­i­fax goal­tender Ma­son McDon­ald said putting pen to pa­per with the Cal­gary Flames this week was “what I have been work­ing for my whole life.”

The NHL an­nounced Thurs­day McDon­ald, 19, signed an en­try-level con­tract with Cal­gary, which drafted him 34th over­all in the sec­ond round of the 2014 draft.

McDon al d , who just fin­ished his third Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League (QMJHL) sea­son, said he inked the deal Wed­nes­day night.

The Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders net­min­der said it’s hard “to put into words” what it means to fi­nally sign, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing he re­cently re­cov­ered from a knee in­jury that side­lined him dur­ing the play­offs.

McDon­ald said he’s “back to 100 per cent” and has been train­ing ev­ery day, with­out an is­sue.

The in­jury hap­pened March 30, dur­ing Game 3 of Char­lot­te­town’s first-round se­ries against the Sher­brooke Phoenix. The Is­lan­ders won the se­ries 4-2, but were swept in the sec­ond round by the Que­bec Rem­parts.

McDon­ald, who had a 3.06 goals against av­er­age, .906 save per­cent­age and a 28-22 record last sea­son, said he can’t wait to re­join his Char­lot­te­town team­mates for the 2015-16 sea­son, which he be­lieves will pro­vide im­por­tant growth for his fu­ture.

“It will be another fun year de­vel­op­ing in Char­lot­te­town,” he said. “We should have a good year and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

In ad­di­tion to at­tend­ing sum­mer de­vel­op­ment camp with the Flames this month and the team’s main camp come Septem­ber, McDon­ald will be work­ing on his game with Hockey Canada’s na­tional ju­nior pro­gram.

The six-foot-four, 189-pound net­min­der will be at­tend­ing the na­tional teams’ sum­mer show­case this Au­gust in Cal­gary. He is one of three goalies on the un­der-20 ros­ter for the event, which puts him in con­tention for next sea­son’s na­tional ju­nior team.

“Hope­fully, if I have a good start to the sea­son, and ev­ery­thing goes well, I can crack the world ju­nior team,” McDon­ald said.

But he knows there is “a lot of hard work” ahead of him be­fore he gets to take an NHL crease.

“I think I can do it,” McDon­ald said. “Hope­fully some day it hap­pens.”


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