Canadian players embrace new roles at world junior

Canada's Anthony Camara stretches during practice at the World Juniors in Ufa, Russia, on Dec. 29,...

Canada's Anthony Camara stretches during practice at the World Juniors in Ufa, Russia, on Dec. 29, 2012. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 AM ET

UFA, RUSSIA - Instinct tells Anthony Camara he should be jumping over the boards when Canada goes on the power play.

But at the 2013 world junior championship, Camara gets a bird's-eye view from the bench.

Settling into new, sharper-defined roles in the tournament and getting less ice time than they do back home is all part of the world-junior experience for the Canadian players.

"The mental part is definitely the biggest thing about it," Camara, who has 11 power-play goals for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, said. "There's an adjustment because I've taken on a points role back in Barrie. I used to be an energy guy when I was in Saginaw (with the Spirit), and a couple of years I've (been among) the hardest hitters in the league, so I have that itch. I've had to get used to less ice time."


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