Lazar thinks 'this is the year' Canada ends gold-medal drought

Canada's Aaron Ekblad, Nic Petan, Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar celebrate Petan's empty net goal...

Canada's Aaron Ekblad, Nic Petan, Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar celebrate Petan's empty net goal against Slovakia during the third period of their IIHF World Junior Championship ice hockey game in Malmo, Sweden, December 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:15 AM ET

BROSSARD, QUE. - For Curtis Lazar, there’s no question about it.

The 2015 Canadian junior team has the ingredients to put an end to the nation’s five-year gold drought at the world junior.

“This is the year,” Lazar, an Ottawa Senators prospect, said. “Why not do it on home soil? It’s going to be crazy, but we can feed off the energy of the home crowd. We have the staff, the resources, we have the players to do it.

“We have the most talent of a lot of countries out there. If everyone buys in ... look at what the Olympic team did in Sochi. We try to model our style after them. We really have to pick things up and get on top again.”

Canada’s summer development camp ended with a thud on Friday after a 5-2 loss against the Czech Republic. The Canadians were strong in their previous three games, winning all by a margin of at least three goals, and coach Benoit Groulx generally was pleased with what the team was able to put in place.


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