Former Eagles goalie Karel St. Laurent (right) is at Vancouver Canucks training camp this week.

Former Eagles goalie earns Canucks’ main-camp invite

Karel St. Laurent impresses Canucks at prospects tournament

Former Surrey Eagles netminder Karel St. Laurent is getting a shot with the Vancouver Canucks.

The 20-year-old goaltender, a Quebec native, impressed team brass enough at the Canucks’ Young Stars prospect tournament last week in Penticton that he was invited to the team’s main camp, which began Friday.

“going to main camp!! It’s the best day of my life!!” St. Laurent posted on Twitter (@stlaurent35) Thursday.

“I’m excited to show you canucks fans what I can do!!”

St. Laurent played last year with the Eagles – he joined the BCHL team after being let go by the Quebec Major Junior League’s Saint John Seadogs – and helped guide them to their best playoff run since 2005. Surrey advanced to Coastal Conference finals, before losing to Powell River.

While all the Canucks’ signed and/or drafted players who took part in the prospects tourney were invited to main camp, St. Laurent was one of just four unsigned “tryout” players to get the call; eight more were released.

 

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