Canada's goalie Malcolm Subban loses his stick as teammate Morgan Rielly (L) approaches the net while Team USA's Seth Jones (C) shoots during the third period of their preliminary round game at the 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, December 30, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
If Morgan Rielly gets another shot at world-junior gold next winter in Malmo, Sweden, he fully expects there to be pressure from the fans back home to win gold.
And that's fine.
Rielly is one of six players who were part of Canada's team at the 2013 world junior championship, along with goalie Jake Paterson, fellow defenceman Griffin Reinhart, and forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Charles Hudon (who was hurt in an exhibition game and sent home), eligible for the 2014 tournament.
"We are Team Canada and we understand there are high expectations and we have to be better," Rielly said. "There is a lot of pressure on us. I think every guy on the team understands that this is important to all Canadians."
That pressure is something defenceman Ryan Murphy had not felt before, as he was cut at the previous two selection camps. But Murphy doesn't think fans are too hard on the players, or expectations too high, whether Canada wins or loses.