From his days at Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey to starring the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, Dylan Garand has found success at every level.
Now the 18-year-old will take on the biggest hockey test of his life.
That’s because Garrand is one of five goaltenders named to Team Canada’s World Junior selection camp roster.
Just the thought of making the team puts a smile on Garand’s face.
“I mean even just thinking about it and talking about it’s super cool,” says Garand. “Obviously, I’ve got a long way to go but if that happens it’d be a dream come true honestly and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to try and earn it.”
It’s been a whirlwind year for the Victoria native.
Garand was selected in the 2020 NHL draft in the fourth round by the New York Rangers, but also saw his WHL career delayed until further notice due to COVID-19.
Garand says at this point, he’s happy just getting back on the ice against top-notch talent.
“You know it’s just a great opportunity to further my development and at the same time I’ve got a job to do there,” says Dylan. “I want to prove that I have what it takes and I can be the guy and you know I’m looking forward to it and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” adds Garand.
The selection camp takes place on Nov. 13 in Red Deer, Alta.