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Blackhawks prospect Alexis Gravel invited to Canada’s camp for World Junior Summer Showcase

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Gravel was one of the QMJHL’s top goaltenders this past season.

2018 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Hockey Canada named Blackhawks goaltender prospect Alexis Gravel to its national junior team’s evaluation camp Wednesday.

The Summer Showcase, which runs July 28 to Aug. 4 in Plymouth, Michigan, includes international competitions between Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States in preparation for the 2020 World Junior Championship. The Canadians will be split into two teams — red and white — for the showcase.

Gravel — a 2018 sixth-round pick — was 33-16 with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage for the Halifax Mooseheads, who finished as runner-ups to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the QMJHL Presidents’ Cup Final and Memorial Cup. The 19-year-old was one of 10 goalies to earn an invitation to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp earlier this month. The 6-foot-3, 219-pounder is expected to return to Halifax next season.

Gravel could be joined by a future Blackhawks prospect as defenseman Bowen Byram and centers Dylan Cozens and Kirby Dach, all of whom are options for Chicago with the No. 3 pick in the NHL draft this weekend in Vancouver, also made the camp.