Royal Ball no pipe dream

Team Canada hopeful, goalie, Trevor Cann, during the Canada

Team Canada hopeful, goalie, Trevor Cann, during the Canada"s National Junior Team Selection Camp at Father David Bauer. (SUN/Darren Makowichuk)

MIKE BELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

The Royal Ball is the Royal Ball.

Who cares when the invite arrives or even why it arrives? When you get the call, you drop everything you're doing and head out the door.

Trevor Cann knows the feeling all too well.

The 17-year-old Peterborough Petes goaltender was a last-minute addition to the Canadian juniors camp as a result of an injury Saturday night to the London Knights' Steve Mason.

"It was very late notice, I guess you could say, but when I found out I was so excited time wasn't really an issue," Cann said yesterday morning.

"I'm just happy to be out here."

Getting the news Sunday night, the redhead took the red-eye arriving in Calgary Monday at 2 a.m. -- a good 12 hours after the bulk of the juniors, including the four other 'tenders, Mason, Calgary Flames prospect Leland Irving, Carey Price and Jonathan Bernier.

Before he could even get his bearing, Cann was on the Father David Bauer ice less than eight hours later participating in his first practice.

But far from being exhausted, overwhelmed or even the least bit slighted at his earlier omission, the Oakville, Ont. native, instead, is approaching this week as yet another shot to prove himself.

"I'm looking at it as an opportunity for me," said Cann, who, as well as having a solid season with the Petes, shut out the Russian all-stars in a recent exhibition and helped the U-18 Canadian team to gold earlier in the year.

"I know there are some people that are doubting me and I'd like to show them that I have the ability to make a team like this.

"I know I have the ability to eventually make this team. If it's not this year, the following year I'll have another shot at it."

Cann's been getting extra support in adjusting to camp from his Petes teammate and captain Steve Downie, a standout at last year's world juniors and one of a handful considered a shoo-in this year.

"I was the first one to give him a hug when he got here," said Downie, who scored the tournament clincher in Vancouver. "It's good for him."

Team Canada head coach Craig Hartsburg has already been impressed with how ready Cann was when he arrived in camp.

"I think he's done a really good job," Hartsburg said.

"He's a really good goaltender in the Ontario Hockey League, so it doesn't surprise me that he's come in so (strong) ...

"The kids across our country, it doesn't matter to them if they're the first invite or the second or the third.

"Just to be a part of this I think he's so excited about it. He's done a great job."

As far as Cann's work between the pipes, Hartsburg got his first opportunity to see how all of the 'keepers -- with the exception of Mason, who has yet to be cleared to play because of concussion-like symptoms -- stacked up in game situation with Tuesday night's first intrasquad game.

His assessment? Well, according to the coach, Cann, who played the last half of the game for Team White and allowed one goal in a 3-2 loss to Team Red, neither helped his cause nor played himself out of contention for one of the two spots on the overseas flight later this month.

"All the goaltenders -- were they outstanding any of them? No. Were they bad? No. They were all pretty good and we'll just continue to watch very closely," Hartsburg said.

With the final roster being announced tomorrow, last night's intrasquad matchup was a precious opportunity for anyone to win the No. 1 goalie's position.

Barring that, Hartsburg said the coaches have enough information to whittle things down and hope someone steps to the fore a la Justin Pogge last tourney.

And, again, Cann has plans to be in the final mix or at least make the coaching staff think twice about sending him home.

"It all depends on how I play," Cann said.

"If I play really well, hopefully I'll make their decision really tough."

And, who knows? The clock may not strike midnight on this Cinderella story until it winds down in Sweden.


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