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Attention turns to USA-Canada at World Junior Summer Showcase

by Ryan J. Harr

7/31/17



Plymouth, Mich. – When the action resumes on Tuesday at the World Junior Summer Showcase, attention will turn to a pair of highly-anticipated matchups between rivals Team USA and Canada.

USA White hosts Canada Red at 4 p.m., followed by USA Blue against Canada White at 7 p.m.

For some of the players involved, the evening will serve as an initial rematch of Jan. 5, 2017, when Team USA erased a two-goal deficit to defeat Canada 5-4 in a six-round shootout for the gold medal at the World Junior Championship.



“Last year, winning the gold medal was a surreal experience,” said defenseman Adam Fox (CGY, 2016), who scored three assists in last year’s gold medal game. “Last year was great, but obviously, it is a new year and we have a new team so right now our focus is on ourselves and how we want to play.”

The USA roster is currently split into two groups, both of which kicked off the showcase with a pair of games over the weekend. Canada’s two teams will be making their respective debuts on Tuesday evening.

“I think it definitely helps having some game action prior to playing Canada,” goaltender Jake Oettinger (DAL, 2017) said. “Canada always has a team with a lot of skill and high-end talent so already being in a game setting is big for my confidence going into the matchup.”

Their opponents, meanwhile, have been looking to build chemistry in practice.

“We got some practices under our belts the last few days,” Canadian forward Dillon Dubé (CGY, 2016) said. “It is always tough the first few practices back as a team because everyone is getting used to one another but we are building some chemistry.”

Fox and Oettinger are two of the seven Americans who were on the gold-medal winning team in 2017, along with goalie Joseph Woll (TOR, 2016), defenseman Ryan Lindgren (BOS, 2016) and forwards Patrick Harper (NSH, 2016), Joey Anderson (NDJ, 2016) and Kieffer Bellows (NYI, 2016).

Dubé is one of nine returning players from Canada’s silver-medal team, a list that includes fellow forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ, 2016), Michael McLeod (NDJ, 2016), and Taylor Raddysh (TBL, 2016), defensemen Jake Bean (CAR, 2016), Kale Clague (LAK, 2016) and Dante Fabbro (NSH, 2016) and goaltender Carter Hart (PHI, 2016).

After Tuesday’s games, both the U.S. and Canada will merge their respective split squads for the remainder of the summer showcase. The Canadians will face off with Finland at 1 p.m. on Wednesday followed by the Americans’ game against Sweden at 4 p.m.


About the World Junior Summer Showcase

This is the second consecutive year that USA Hockey Arena hosts the World Junior Summer Showcase, which features some of the top players under the age of 20 from four nations - the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden - auditioning for a spot to represent their country in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2017 - Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo, New York. In total, the week-long event will include 12 international competitions between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden.

Attention turns to USA-Canada at World Junior Summer Showcase

by Ryan J. Harr

7/31/17



Plymouth, Mich. – When the action resumes on Tuesday at the World Junior Summer Showcase, attention will turn to a pair of highly-anticipated matchups between rivals Team USA and Canada.

USA White hosts Canada Red at 4 p.m., followed by USA Blue against Canada White at 7 p.m.

For some of the players involved, the evening will serve as an initial rematch of Jan. 5, 2017, when Team USA erased a two-goal deficit to defeat Canada 5-4 in a six-round shootout for the gold medal at the World Junior Championship.



“Last year, winning the gold medal was a surreal experience,” said defenseman Adam Fox (CGY, 2016), who scored three assists in last year’s gold medal game. “Last year was great, but obviously, it is a new year and we have a new team so right now our focus is on ourselves and how we want to play.”

The USA roster is currently split into two groups, both of which kicked off the showcase with a pair of games over the weekend. Canada’s two teams will be making their respective debuts on Tuesday evening.

“I think it definitely helps having some game action prior to playing Canada,” goaltender Jake Oettinger (DAL, 2017) said. “Canada always has a team with a lot of skill and high-end talent so already being in a game setting is big for my confidence going into the matchup.”

Their opponents, meanwhile, have been looking to build chemistry in practice.

“We got some practices under our belts the last few days,” Canadian forward Dillon Dubé (CGY, 2016) said. “It is always tough the first few practices back as a team because everyone is getting used to one another but we are building some chemistry.”

Fox and Oettinger are two of the seven Americans who were on the gold-medal winning team in 2017, along with goalie Joseph Woll (TOR, 2016), defenseman Ryan Lindgren (BOS, 2016) and forwards Patrick Harper (NSH, 2016), Joey Anderson (NDJ, 2016) and Kieffer Bellows (NYI, 2016).

Dubé is one of nine returning players from Canada’s silver-medal team, a list that includes fellow forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ, 2016), Michael McLeod (NDJ, 2016), and Taylor Raddysh (TBL, 2016), defensemen Jake Bean (CAR, 2016), Kale Clague (LAK, 2016) and Dante Fabbro (NSH, 2016) and goaltender Carter Hart (PHI, 2016).

After Tuesday’s games, both the U.S. and Canada will merge their respective split squads for the remainder of the summer showcase. The Canadians will face off with Finland at 1 p.m. on Wednesday followed by the Americans’ game against Sweden at 4 p.m.


About the World Junior Summer Showcase

This is the second consecutive year that USA Hockey Arena hosts the World Junior Summer Showcase, which features some of the top players under the age of 20 from four nations - the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden - auditioning for a spot to represent their country in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2017 - Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo, New York. In total, the week-long event will include 12 international competitions between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden.