Colten Ellis continues to impress in net

In his play with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, River Denys’ Colten Ellis was awarded the Raymond Lagacé Trophy as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

RIVER DENYS: A local prospect upped his scouting profile with a solid turn in an international tournament last month.

River Denys’ Colten Ellis manned the net for Canada during the recent U18 World Championships in Russia. Ellis played two games and posted a 3.50 goals against average and a .887 save percentage.

“It was a pretty good experience overall,” said Ellis. “Once I got the opportunity to go play in the tournament. Any time you get to represent your county over at an international event, it’s special. It was a surreal feeling for sure.”

The Canadians lost in the quarter finals.

“To be able to go to a different country, to be able to play for Team Canada, the whole thing was a great experience,” he said.

A rookie with the Rimouski Oceanic, Ellis played in 51 games, posting a 2.35 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. Rimouski was bounced in the first round of the playoffs and Ellis is back home for the summer. That doesn’t mean he’ll be far from the rink for very long.

“I think I’m on the ice two to three times a week starting in June and training five to six times a week off-ice so it will be a busy summer for sure,” he said. “As of right now, I think the goal is just to get better as the season goes on. It was a good season but I think there’s definitely room for improvement. For myself, I’m just looking to get better as the season goes on and help give my team a chance to win every night.”