Windsor Spitfires Goalie Michael DiPietro, June 2017. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

Spits’ DiPietro Only OHL Player Named To Team Canada

The Windsor Spitfires’ goaltender has a chance to represent his country once more.

Goalie Michael DiPietro has been named to the Canadian entry at the 2018 IIHF World Championships in Denmark. He is the only OHL player to make the squad.

DiPietro is joining teammates this weekend for a pre-tournament camp in Riga, Latvia, according to a release from Hockey Canada relayed to the media by the Spitfires.

The Amherstburg-raised DiPietro, 18, has already represented Canada in the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, the World U-18 Hockey Championship and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

He was a big part of the Spitfires’ Memorial Cup-winning squad in 2017. He followed that up with seven regular-reason shutouts this past season, setting the franchise record for the second year in a row. He has a career total of 15 OHL shutouts, one shy of the record of 16 set by Thomas McCollum in 2009.

DiPietro was drafted last year by the NHL Vancouver Canucks.

The IIHF World Championships begin Friday.

Also, Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill has been named the bench boss for the American team at the Worlds. He led the U.S. team to a fifth-place finish in last year’s tournament.