Hockey Canada’s Scott Salmond feels there will be no scarcity of motivation for the Canadian gamers at the 2017 world junior hockey championship.
Canada really did not make it past the quarter-finals at the 2016 event in Helsinki, falling to eventual champ Finland. Salmond states that disappointing loss has players feeling like they have something to prove at the Dec. 26-Jan. 5 occasion in Montreal and also Toronto.
” I believe there was a level of embarrassment to the result in 2015,” Salmond stated W88 Tuesday after the team’s camp roster was introduced. “I do not always believe to the performance, but to the result. I think there’s some men like Dylan Strome, that is extremely concentrated on coming back, making an impression and also attempting to redeem exactly what took place in 2015.
” I believe playing at house lends to that also.”
Strome, an Arizona Coyotes prospect that plays for the OHL’s Erie Otters, is one of 5 returning gamers who will certainly contend for a spot on Canada’s 22-man roster.
In all, Hockey Canada named 32 gamers– 19 forwards, 10 defencemen and also three goalies– to its selection camp roster Dec. 10-14 in Blainville, Que. Other returning players include Mathew Barzal (Seattle, WHL), Thomas Chabot (Saint John, QMJHL), Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or, QMJHL) and Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw, OHL).
Three video games have been set up throughout the camp at Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau. The U Sporting activity All-Stars will certainly offer the opposition on Dec. 12 and also 13 prior to a matchup versus the Czech Republic on Dec. 14.
Canada is in Team B at this year’s event with the United States, Russia, Slovakia and also Latvia. Group An includes the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland.
” I assume you solidify assumptions based upon that there’s been seven various champions in seven years and those 7 teams didn’t medal the year before,” Salmond claimed. “Exactly what that tells me is there’s parity. It’s really, really difficult to win. For me, I always believed there was four or five teams (yet) there’s probably 7 groups that might win this point.
” To make sure that’s a difficulty. I believe that we don’t have every one of our ideal gamers, if you will, we’re missing out on a number of gamers in the National Hockey League, tempers expectations. Yet at the same time, whenever we get 22 Canadians along with that Canadian jacket, I like our possibilities.”
Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid anchored the Canadian team that won gold at the 2015 competition co-hosted by Toronto as well as Montreal.
He as well as a bumper crop of teenage celebrities are not expected to play as they’re entrenched with their NHL clubs. That listing consists of gamers like Winnipeg Jets ahead Patrik Laine (Finland), Calgary Blazes forward Matthew Tkachuk (UNITED STATE) and Maple Leafs forwards Auston Matthews (U.S.) and also Mitch Marner (Canada).
” It doesn’t look good for Connor McDavid,” Salmond stated with a smile. “I don’t think we’re getting him.”
Salmond stated Hockey Canada is engaged in conversations with NHL teams concerning freeing up their players for the tournament ahead of the Dec. 19 due date. He confesses that while the program hasn’t already surrendered hope, he’s uncertain others will certainly come on board.
In addition, leading prospect Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings is wounded and also there is no company timeline for his return sbobet. Kelowna Rockets defenceman Cal Foote, a citizen of Englewood, Colo., has devoted to the Canadian program but is ineligible for this year’s event because of IIHF residency policies.
Salmond, who acts as Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and also men’s nationwide groups, also claimed he would certainly be shocked if Arizona Coyotes ahead Lawson Crouse was launched to play.
” We’re going to have to play a cumulative video game,” Salmond stated. “I do not believe we’re full of superstars, yet in such a way that could be encouraging. I think the trains will do a terrific task of getting these men with each other.”
Canada will open the preliminary round versus Russia on Boxing Day at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Quarter-final play starts Jan. 2 and the medal video games are set for Jan. 5 at Montreal’s Bell Centre.
Canada leads all countries with 16 world junior gold medals.