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Ivan Hlinka Memorial Squad
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07-31-2009, 11:36 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
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I wish they did the national team selections more on camp/tryout basis, like the north americans. I think it's a better way to find those character guys and to find out which players work well with whom, and so on.
Yes, Hockey Canada holds highly competitive camps to pick our final U20's December roster . As well as, staging an ADT tourney vs. Russia just prior, to help pick our initial 38 camp invites. But it doesn't work that way with our U18's, especially when it comes to u18 WC's, which are comprised of guys whose Jr squads didn't make playoffs. They assemble in Toronto , from all pts East and West. Have one quick meet/ greet + skate, then fly overseas. Our Ivan Hlinka squad doesn't get much prep time either, much less a pre-tourney camp tryout. Nevertheless, its our ' A Team' and they usually do great!
Team USA has an advantage in U18 tourneys, in that their NTDP's play together all year. BUT they never have a tryout camp for their U20's. Those teams are picked in advance & that strategy seems to have really hurt them. Hockey Canada definitely does a better job than USA Hockey, when it comes to selecting/ preparing our Boyz for the Big World Jr Showcase. Historically, Our Canuck Jr coaches have been a helluva lot better than those sadsack Yankee bench bosses too. USA Hockey seems very much, an old boyz network, rife with nepotism / cronyism...yadda, yadda...
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