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The 16-year-old hockey goalkeeper Michael Chambre will train in the Hertz Arena on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. He will travel to Michigan to be part of the US national hockey team. He's also committed to playing at Boston University in 2023.

Tampa Bay Lightning hung their championship banner last Wednesday, and Fort Myers’ teenager is determined keep Florida hockey in the spotlight.

The USA Hockey National Team Development Program was started by Michael Chambre (a Fort Myers 16-year old) this fall. This program is designed to help players become professional pipelines.

This program generated 360 NHL draft picks and 85 in the first round.

Chambre, who is also a goalkeeper was included in the program this year and earned a place on the U.S. U-17 national team. There were only 23 participants from the entire country who were chosen to join the team.

Chambre said, “I’ve been training over the past three year and that was my goal.”

The 6’3″ netminder has committed to playing college hockey at Boston University.

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Chambre was a Junior Florida Everblades player, who trained at Hertz Arena and played for Florida Alliance, an AAA youth hockey team. Allianz reached to finals of the 2021 Chipotle USA Hockey National Championship. Chambre had a major role in the team’s success. Chambre was second in goalkeeping with 117 saves.

Chambre stated, “I believe playing with the very best children in the country really helped my game,”

Chambre, a Fort Myers native, left Fort Myers in August for the Plymouth, Michigan, development program. He joined Seamus Casey, a fellow Southwest Floridan.

Estero’s defender Casey was invited last year to join the program. Casey now plays for the USA 18 team.

Chambre stated, “It only shows how Florida ice hockey has been on the rise.”

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Casey, which he described as his role model since arriving in Michigan, helped him to show others the way.

“It’s like having a big brother,” said Chambre.

Chambre is part of U17’s team and will be competing in the United States Hockey League. It is America’s biggest junior hockey association.

The program teaches you how to be a professional. Chambre stated that he arrives at the rink at 7:45 a.m., and departs at 4 p.m.

Chambre said that the USA Hockey Arena has “first-class” facilities from the rink and the training rooms.

The 16-year-old hockey goalkeeper Michael Chambre will be portrayed on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 in the Hertz Arena. He will travel to Michigan to be part of the US national hockey team. He's also committed to playing at Boston University in 2023.

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Goalkeeper training is more intense. They spend more time in the gym working on flexibility and hip range, while also learning from movies.

Chambre said, “It does take a lot but I believe it’s worth it.”

Chambre was inspired by his brother to play hockey. His brother was an avid striker who needed someone to shoot at.

He said, “It was quite easy for me. I tried it out and fell in love with it.”

Chambre loves the Boston Bruins, his family hails from Massachusetts. He spends summers in New England. After attending several colleges in the state, Boston University was the best. He made an oral promise for the fall 2023.

Chambre said, “I was overwhelmed.” Chambre said, “They have some the finest facilities in college hockey.”

The 16-year-old hockey goalkeeper Michael Chambre will be portrayed on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 in the Hertz Arena. He will travel to Michigan to be part of the US national hockey team. He's also committed to playing at Boston University in 2023.

Chambre likes the Lightning and especially Andrei Vasilevskiy, goalkeeper. He said he admires Vasilevskiy’s athleticism as well as his willingness to give up any piece.

Chambre stated, “I try to model my game after him.”

USA Hockey will be a 2-year commitment. It will direct Chambres to his next venture, playing college hockey.

Although it was hard to get away from Fort Myers friends and family, Chambre stated that he still misses the ocean. However, this is an important step in his quest to be a good goalkeeper.

He stated, “I do the things I love here.”

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