April 14 2016
"The whole trip, start to finish, was enjoyable and definitely one I will remember for a long time."
In early March, Elmira College men's ice hockey rookie netminder Charl Pretorius '19 got the call informing him that he had been selected to represent his country, South Africa, at the 2016 IIHF Division III World Championship in Instanbul, Turkey. Pretorius not only donned his country's colors at the national event, he also helped the South African National Team bring back some hardware, as the team captured a bronze medal at this year's tournament.
"It was a great experience to be able to play at this year's tournament and it was an honor to represent South Africa," said Pretorius. "Skating away with a Bronze medal is pretty special. We had a good group of guys and it was fun to be a part of. The whole trip, start to finish, was enjoyable and definitely one I will remember for a long time."
Pretorius anchored the South African defense with a solid showing between the pipes, helping the team go 3-2 with one shutout victory. He played a total of 120 minutes in net, accounting for 40-percent of the team's minutes in goal, while making 30 saves. He finished with a .811 save percentage and a goals against average of 3.50. As a collective group, the South African goaltenders posted an .863 save percentage, a 3.20 goals against average, and a +13 goal differential.
"This was a great accomplishment for Charl and his country," said Elmira College men's ice hockey Head Coach Aaron Saul '98. "The hard work he put in this season to improve his game really helped him at the World Championships."