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Summer on skates keeps camper happy

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Months have passed since Greg Nemisz heard his name called out in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa and was whisked off stage to sit beside Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter for a television interview.

Still, the 18-year-old from Courtice, Ont., hasn't had a chance to process how huge a deal it was to go 25th overall.

"I still haven't had too much time to think about it. I've been go, go, go all summer," said Nemisz, a forward who is taking part in the Flames prospect camp this week.

Calling him busy would be understating the truth.

He went straight from the Flames' summer development camp in Calgary to the Team Canada world junior camp in Ottawa.

After a week at home, he joined his OHL Windsor Spitfire teammates to work out and went through yet another training camp.

He's hoping to take part in the Team Canada selection camp in December, too.

Busy as he's ever been, Nemisz is a happy camper.

"What else do I wanna do? I like playing hockey and that's what I want to do with my life," he said with a smile.

"I'm not tired, I'm refreshed."

Going straight from one camp to another might have helped his chances of making the team that will represent our country at the world juniors this winter.

"It's nice. You're on the ice for a couple days, you seem less rusty when you get out there with the rest of the guys," said Nemisz, who scored a game-winner for Team White in one of three intersquad games.

"It's pretty tough to stand out at a camp like that with so many good players."

Looking to add a U-21 world junior medal to the gold he won with the U-18 team earlier this year, Nemisz thinks he's got a decent shot at being named to the team after a 34-goal sophomore campaign in Windsor helped put him on the map.

"I think my chances are good. I've got to have a good start to the season and really work hard," said Nemisz, who'll have two cracks at it.

"I've still got another year of eligibility for that team, so we'll see how it goes."


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