July 15, 2014

RIT goaltender Ali Binnington selected to participate in Canada's National Team Development Camp

Courtesy of RIT Sports Information

ROCHESTER, NY - Goaltender Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) of the RIT women's hockey team is one of 42 players who have been invited to Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp, whch will take place Aug. 8-17 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Binnington will enter her senior season for the Tigers in 2014-15.

From the selection camp, Hockey Canada will choose 22 players for a three-game series against the United States' Women's Under-22 Select Team, scheduled for Aug. 21-24 in Calgary, Alta.

The selection camp roster includes six goalies, 12 defensemen and 24 forwards. Invitations are based on evaluations by Hockey Canada scouts during the 2013-14 season, including past performances within Canada's National Women's Program, with their club and school teams, and at provincial and national championships with Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and the NCAA, as well as fitness testing conducted at Canada's National Women's Development Team conditioning camp held in Toronto, Ont., in May.

Binnington enjoyed a tremendous year for the Tigers in 2013-14, leading the Tigers, in just their second season as a Division I program, to the College Hockey America Championship, where she was named the CHA Tournament Most Valuable Player. Binnington, the CHA Regular Season Goaltender of the Year, garnered 2013-14 All-United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Third Team honors. In June, Binnington was named a Co-SIDA/Capital One Academic All-American for the second straight season. 

Overall, Binnington finished the season 16-9-2 with a 1.72 goals against average, .944 save percentage, and six shut outs. Her .944 save percentage ranked third nationally, she was tied for fifth in shutouts, and ninth nationally in goals against average. Binnington set RIT records for most games played (28), minutes played (1,640), and saves (788). She ended the season by winning seven straight contests, allowing just six goals on her last 240 shots faced (.975 save percentage and 0.77 goals against average) over that span. Binnington made at least 30 saves in a game 13 times this season and had four games with at least 40 stops.