Canada can learn valuable lessons from Olympic squad

Canada's Aaron Ekblad celebrates his goal against the Czech Republic with teammates Curtis Lazar...

Canada's Aaron Ekblad celebrates his goal against the Czech Republic with teammates Curtis Lazar and Derrick Pouliot during their IIHF World Junior Championship game in Malmo, Sweden, December 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 PM ET

Nice timing by Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team.

For years, one of Hockey Canada’s main messages to the young men who want to earn the opportunity to represent the country at the world junior has been simple.

If there’s not a willingness to accept a new role (read: something often considerably less sexy than what you’ve doing with your club team), the door is that way.

The ideal is one that has been met with some resistance in the past several years, one of many reasons Canada has not won gold at the championship since 2009.

“I think it has been an issue,” Hockey Canada vice-president of hockey operations Scott Salmond said on Tuesday. “They’re young players, they are all stars on their teams and used to big minutes and it’s tough (to make an adjustment to a smaller role).


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