Jay Bouwmeester caught Canada brass's eye at worlds

St. Louis Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester caught the eye of Hockey Canada brass at the world...

St. Louis Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester caught the eye of Hockey Canada brass at the world championship. (Getty Images)

Eric Francis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

Ken Hitchcock can understand why people think Jay Bouwmeester’s return to the Olympic team has everything to do with the fact he left Calgary for St. Louis.

Going from a struggling franchise to one of the league’s top outfits with world-class teammates, it only stands to reason Bouwmeester’s stock would rise in conjunction with his plus/minus and point totals.

Fact is, Hitch says Team Canada brass fell in love again with the smooth skating blueliner overseas, where his play at the world championships caught everyone’s eye.

“I think what people don’t recognize is how well he played at the worlds,” said Hitchcock, a longtime Team Canada assistant coach, before his Blues practised Wednesday at the Saddledome.

“Some of it is because he gets to play with us, and some of it because he gets to play with Petro (fellow team Canada defenceman Alex Pietrangelo). But the bigger part is what he did on his own at the worlds.


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