Canada's world junior squad bonds quickly in Russia

Head coach Steve Spott (L) talks to team captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during the team photo after...

Head coach Steve Spott (L) talks to team captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during the team photo after the Canadian National Junior team was named at the Team Canada selection camp in Calgary, Alberta, December 14, 2012. Canada's National Junior team will head to Russia for the World Junior Hockey Championships starting December 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:22 AM ET

UFA, Russia — Half a world away from the comforts of home, Dougie Hamilton has been getting that feeling again.

“Last year it was similar,” said the defenceman, one of six players on Canada’s team at the 2013 World Junior Championship who played for Canada in the tournament last winter.

“I didn’t want to go back to junior and just wanted to stay and play with the team all year. I’m kind of going through that right now too. I want to stay here.


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