December 30, 2012
Canada finally returns to full strength
By Terry Koshan, QMI Agency
UFA, RUSSIA - Canada will return to full strength on New Year's Eve.
For the first time at the 2013 World Junior Championship, Canada head coach Steve Spott will have a full lineup at his disposal, as forwards JC Lipon and Boone Jenner will return from suspensions when Canada clashes with Russia, its biggest hockey rival.
"It's going to be great to have a shot of adrenalin," Spott said. "Boone and JC are itching to get in. I can tell you that Boone has probably put 1,000 kilometres on the bike."
Lipon has served his one-game suspension for a check to the head against Slovakia. Jenner missed three games after an incident against Sweden in an exhibition game.
Canada has not been hurt with a depleted lineup, going 3-0 in the preliminary round. Spott recognized, though, that Lipon and Jenner both will have to be careful.