When Hockey Canada releases the roster for the junior team selection camp on Monday, hockey fans might have to do a double-take.
It’s expected that in the range of 26 players will be invited to the camp, which starts on Dec. 12 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.
In past years, upward of 40 players have been invited to camp. But coach Brent Sutter, for lack of a better way of putting it, doesn’t want to mess around when players converge on the arena in 10 days in preparation for the 2014 world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden.
Canada, looking to end a four-year gold medal drought, plays its first game is on Dec. 26 against Germany.
Sutter got a firm handle on what his players could bring at the summer camp in Lake Placid, when Canada participated in USA Hockey’s exhibition tournament for the first time.