'Dogs defenceman unscathed ... for now

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

Kyle Quincey was thrilled yesterday when he survived the swath of Brent Sutter's paring knife with the Canadian junior hockey team. But he's not about to celebrate just yet.

Sutter, Canada's coach, named 23 players to the roster for the 2005 world junior championship, including eight defencemen. Only 22 players can comprise Canada's final roster, but Sutter named one extra defenceman for insurance as incumbent Brent Seabrook recovers from an upper-body injury.

Once Seabrook is fit to play, a situation that could arise in the next few days, another defenceman will be cut.

Quincey, of the Mississauga IceDogs, realizes he could be sent packing when Seabrook gets a clean bill of health.

"I'm not going to worry about it but I'm not going to try to get too happy right now either," Quincey said from Gimli, Man., where the Canadians will practise today and tomorrow. "I have to keep playing the way I have been in camp to earn a spot. These guys are good. They don't make too many mistakes."

Of the seven Ontario Hockey League skaters who were invited to the selection camp, only forward David Bolland of the London Knights was among the nine cuts yesterday.

The Knights' Corey Perry, who leads the OHL with 63 points, made the club after being one of the final cuts last winter.

Joining Perry and Quincey is Knights defenceman Danny Syvret.

Also suited for Canada's colours were three OHL forwards who played on last year's team -- Anthony Stewart of the Kingston Frontenacs, Michael Richards of the Kitchener Rangers and Jeff Carter of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.


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