CHICAGO – Future Bemidji State University goaltender Jack Burgart is among nearly 70 of the Chicago Blackhawks’ top prospects next week when the National Hockey League organization’s development camp begins at Johnny’s Ice House West in Chicago.
The camp, which begins Sunday and runs through July 15, includes on-ice team practices, group and position skills sessions as well as off-ice testing, strength training and other activities with the culminating event being team scrimmages set for 10 a.m. Friday. The participating players have been divided into three teams.
Burgart, a native of Fort St. James, British Columbia, recently completed his third year playing for the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). Burgart backstopped the Red Wings to a first place finish in their division and was the top goalie in the league in 2015-16, finishing second in wins with a record of 27-10-4. The Viterra Division top goaltender and MVP award winner led the SJHL in save percentage (.935) and goals against average (1.97) and was the only netminder in the league to own a GAA of less than 2.00 per game. The SJHL Goaltender of the Year and MVP finalist was tough to beat in 2015-16 as he never allowed more than four goals in a game and registered three shutouts. Burgart was also a two-time SJHL Goaltender of the Month was one of five finalists for the Canadian Junior Hockey League's 2016 Top Goaltender Award.
Burgart finished his three-year SJHL career with a 2.36 goals against average, a 0.923 save percentage and a 53-37-4 record in 103 games played.
Burgart is one of nine goaltenders participating in the camp and is one of nearly 30 players with ties to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association involved in development camps across the NHL. The Chicago camp features nearly 40 players that have been either drafted by or are already in the Blackhawks’ system, including the organization’s top pick in 2016, Alex Debrincat.
The Beavers open the 2016-17 season Oct. 7-8 when they host Bowling Green State University at Sanford Center. The WCHA series offers the Beavers a rematch of a 2016 WCHA Playoff series versus the Falcons, which ended BSU’s season. Both games are set to start at 7:07 p.m.
For more information on the Blackhawks’ Development Camp, visit blackhawks.nhl.com.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).