Cranbrook Bucks 2003-born goaltender Nathan Airey is currently in Calgary attending the Flames development camp.
Airey is one of two Bucks players attending NHL development camps this week, along with teammate Tyson Dyck, Cranbrook’s leading scorer from last season. Dyck is attending Ottawa’s development camp after the Senators selected him in the seventh round, 206th overall in last week’s NHL Entry Draft.
Airey was not initially on Calgary’s Development Camp roster, but was invited late to fill a vacancy. He certainly earned the invitation following his first full BCHL season, in which Airey progressed from being a relatively young and inexperienced goalie to one of the league’s best by season’s end.
The soon-to-be 19-year-old finished 2021-22 with a 20-12-8 record, a 2.68 goals-against-average, a .911 save-percentage, and four shutouts in 40 regular season appearances. In another six playoff contests, Airey went 2-3-1 with a 2.59 GAA and a .922 SV%.
He joins another BCHL goaltender, Cooper Black, who was invited to Flames camp after leading the Nanaimo Clippers to a Fred Page Cup finals appearance this past spring.
Airey has not been drafted by an NHL team and has yet to announce a college commitment heading into what has the potential to be a huge season for the Bucks puck-stopper.