Time fore some fun

SHANE ROSS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

It's play time.

After an intense, four-day development camp at the University of Ottawa, Canada's 44 national junior team prospects step off the ice and onto the fairway for a golf tournament today at The Marshes.

Already, there seems to be some sandbagging.

"Everyone's saying they don't golf enough to be good," said Coyotes rookie Kyle Turris, who said he shoots in the high 80s. "I don't know anything that Johnny Tavares isn't good at, so he's probably the player to beat."

Not so, said Tavares.

"I just got clubs this year, I've been out seven or eight times and shooting mid-90s," he said. "But my roommate, Jordan Eberle, has shot in the 70s before."

Eberle might get some competition from Leafs draft pick Luke Schenn, who shot an 85 last week in Saskatoon.

After the golf tournament, the players will go their separate ways before heading to the training camps of their respective teams later this summer.

If the national team coaches liked what they saw, the players will be invited back to another camp in December, where the final selections will be made for the team that will compete at the world championship in Ottawa starting on Boxing Day.

HOLIDAYS FINALLY HERE

But after spending a few weeks at the rookie camps of their NHL team, and then the national team tryouts, school's finally out, and their summer holidays start now.

"I'm leaving here to go to New York to see the Yankees play, but after that I'm looking forward to getting back home in the mountains this weekend," said Brandon Sutter of Red Deer, Alta.

Many of these players will be millionaires in the NHL within the next few years, so it's easy to forget they are just teenagers. They will continue to work out and play a little hockey -- Olympiques sniper Paul Byron, for example, plays pickup games with fellow Ottawa native Todd White of the Thrashers -- but they'll also spend time doing normal teenage stuff.

CATCH SOME FLICKS

Like going to the movies.

Byron and Logan Couture of the 67's are eager to catch the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, and Tyler Cuma of the 67's can't wait to see Step Brothers.

"My friends say it's hilarious," Cuma said. "I like the funny movies and Will Ferrell is one of my favourite actors."


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