June 17, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
USA Hockey announced on Friday, June 14 that Providence College men’s hockey goalie Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) was one of four goalies invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 3-10, in Lake Placid, N.Y. The netminders will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./U.S. National Under-18 Team), Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn./Ohio State Univ.) and Anthony Stolarz (Edison, N.J./London Knights) were the other goalies invited to camp.
Gillies served as the primary backup for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia and became the first Friar to take home a medal in the prestigious tournament as the U.S. won gold.
After a stellar freshman campaign with the Friars, Gillies was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National Division I Rookie of the Year at the Frozen Four (April 12). He was also named to the 2013 CCM All-America Second Team (East), as announced by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).
Gillies became the Friars’ first ever national rookie of the year and the program’s 17th All-American. He is the first Friar to earn All-American honors since Stephen Wood was named to the Second Team in 2003-04. Gillies is the third Friar goalie to be named an All-American, joining Chris Terreri (First Team 1985 & Second Team in 1986) and Nolan Schaefer (Second Team in 2001). Prior to 2013, the last freshman to earn All-American honors (any position) was Richard Bachman of Colorado College in 2008 (First Team Goalie - West).
Gillies went 17-12-6 on the year and posted a Friar record five shutouts. He finished the year with a 2.08 goals against average – the second best mark in program history for a single season – and a .931 save percentage. His .931 save percentage ranks ninth in the nation, while his 2.08 GAA ranks 15th nationally. He made 992 saves on the year, the fifth-highest single season saves total in the PC record books.
Gillies was also named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star and selected as the League’s Rookie of the Year (also named to the All-Rookie Team). He was the first ever freshman to be selected as the Hockey East First-Team goaltender and just the third freshman at any position to be named to the first team.
Last season, Gillies was the 11th Friar to take part in the World Junior Championships and the first since Bobby Goepfert (2003). Shaun Kane ’92 is the only Friar to have taken part in two Junior World Championships (1989 & 1990).
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