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12-29-2010, 01:41 PM
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Then again, Schenn says if it had not been for those days as a spare part for the Los Angeles Kings in his first shot at the NHL, he might not be ready to step forward at this tournament. Schenn spent time in the company of Captain Canada himself, Kings winger Ryan Smyth, who passed along a wealth of knowledge from his seven stints as captain of Canadian teams in international competitions from the worlds to the Olympics.
“He’s helped me a lot,” Schenn said.
“I sat beside him in the practice room, I was stall-mates with him. He was kind of in the same situation when he was 19. He wasn’t playing, he got sent to the minors and then actually got called back up and stayed as a 19-year-old.
“With the experience he has under his belt, anything he says, I listen.”
It ended up being the kind of night where Schenn could expect another approving text from Captain Canada, who is keeping his eye on his protégé.
“After the last game, he sent me a text: ‘Good job, I was watching,’” Schenn said. “It’s good to have a mentor like that watching me and seeing how I’m doing.”
Nice to hear that Smyth contributes off the ice
on the ice.
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