Making the grade

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Kyle Quincey probably won't offer to park Brent Sutter's car or get him some coffee next week but the Mississauga IceDogs defenceman wants to get to know the coach of Canada's junior team well.

Actually, the way Quincey sees it, if he can keep playing as admirably as he has been with the IceDogs, Sutter won't have much choice but to get to know him.

"This has been my dream since I was a little kid, and hopefully he will like me enough to put me in the lineup," Quincey said. "Just getting this opportunity is a thrill. I know the competition at camp is going to be pretty strong."

As expected, Quincey was one of seven Ontario Hockey League players yesterday named to the selection camp, Dec. 12-16 in Winnipeg. There are 21 from the Western Hockey League and four with Quebec Major Junior Hockey League roots. Others from the OHL are three members of the London Knights -- forwards Corey Perry and David Bolland and defenceman Danny Syvret, as well as Michael Richards of the Kitchener Rangers, Anthony Stewart of the Kingston Frontenacs and Jeff Carter of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The latter three played for Canada last winter.

EXPERIENCE

Despite only watching Quincey on television, Sutter said the 19-year-old native of Kleinburg is not at a disadvantage. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Quincey, who was not invited to the summer camp, is an intense player who loves to take the body.

"I expect him to come in and play to hs capabilities," Sutter said. "He has a legitimate chance to make this team."

There are a few interesting subplots with the club. There is a strong chance Sidney Crosby will play the wing and with all four goalies from the Western Hockey League, this will be the first time since Trevor Kidd started in 1992 that a WHL goalie will be No. 1.

Canada wanted to get Nathan Horton from the San Antonio Rampage but that slim chance died on Sunday night when Horton suffered a shoulder injury. Defenceman Brent Burns of the Houston Aeros probably would have been made available had there been assurance he would have made the team.

Canada opens the 2005 world junior championship on Christmas Day against Slovakia.

SOLACE FOR WOLSKI

Brampton Battalion forward Wojtek Wolski, who was considered for the selection camp, was named OHL player of the week after recording six points in three games.


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