Pogge prepared for pressure cooker

STEVEN SANDOR -- 24 Hours Toronto

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

Justin Pogge got a taste of the pressure he'll feel as a Toronto Maple Leaf.

The Leafs prize goaltending prospect was at the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday along with his gold-medal winning 2006 Canadian Junior teammates as part of Canada Gold Day. The juniors, Canadian Olympic gold-medal winning women and world champ sledge hockey men were at the Hall of Fame to sign autographs before being presented with championship rings by Hockey Canada.

Pogge, who will likely start with the AHL Marlies this season after the Leafs signed goaltender Andrew Raycroft to a long-term deal, says he is coming to training camp with few expectations.

"I'm going to go into camp and have fun," he said.

But winning junior gold in Vancouver has set him up for the pressure-cooker that is Toronto. Like most elite goalies, Pogge looks to have ice water in his veins.

"Winning the gold medal was phenomenal," he said. "But, I really didn't feel much pressure there. I just go out, play and have fun.

The lineup of fans stretched from inside the Hall out through the front doors and into BCE Place.

"My medal has been coast to coast," said Canadian women's star forward Cassie Campbell,the pride of Brampton. "I feel like it's been touched by 30 million people across Canada."


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