Juniors could use a little Finnish: Canada head coach

Connor McDavid skates up the ice at Canada's world junior summer camp in Montreal yesterday....

Connor McDavid skates up the ice at Canada's world junior summer camp in Montreal yesterday. (Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada)

Terry Koshan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 PM ET

If Canada takes a page from Finland’s approach at the world junior a year ago, Benoit Groulx won’t have a problem with that.

“A team that is relentless, a team that is all in, a team that is tough to play against, that type of team,” Groulx, Canada’s head coach, said as Canada’s summer camp got underway with two practices on Sunday night at the Bell Sports Complex.

“We know how to play the game, and it’s up to us to bring that game back on the ice.”

Emulate the Finns? Surely, Groulx is joking. After all, Canadian teens set the pace at the world junior year after year.

Time was, that was true. But certainly not in the past half decade, with Canada failing to win gold since 2009 in Ottawa. Finland took the top medal last winter in Malmo, Sweden, and for Groulx, the path to gold for the Finns trailed back to Canada.

“I really feel they were copying us in the past,” Groulx said of other nations at the under-20 level in general.


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