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SAINT JOHN, NB, August 6, 2012 - Although the visit maybe for only a look-see Drew Michals, the American goaltender the Saint John Sea Dogs selected in the ninth round of this year’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft, has confirmed that he will be coming to Saint John for the opening of training camp

Michals can come to camp for a short time and not appear on a game sheet and still protect his NCAA eligibility.

According to, Michals tweeted that information this weekend that he was coming to Saint John and exchanged tweets with Sea Dogs equipment manager David Kelly.

The 17-year old from Newton, Massachusetts played with the Boston Junior Bruins of the Empire Junior Hockey League last season. He went 11-1-1-0 with a 2.82 goals against average and a .903 save percentage in 28 regular season games, according to the league’s website.

The Junior Bruins have him listed at 6’1” and 165 lbs.

Michals is considered to have a good shot at making the team with a strong training camp.. The only other goaltenders currently listed on the Sea Dogs' roster are 18 year-old returnee Sebastien Auger and 17 year-old prospect Alex Fournier from Quebec, and 18 year-old prospect Shawn Jeffery from Louisdale, NS, who was a ninth round pick in 2011 while playing with Cape Breton West Islanders in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. Jeffery played last season with Appleby College in Ontario.

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