CALGARY -- Brandon Hickey doesn't feel any different from the other 38 players in attendance at Canada's national junior team summer development camp.
But the outgoing defenseman from Boston University does hold one unique trait.
He's the lone collegiate invite.
"It's a pretty neat experience," said Hickey at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. "There's obviously a lot of great players in college and it's pretty awesome being the only one here right now. It just proves I'm doing what I need to be doing on the ice."
Hockey Canada would agree. And Hickey's path won't hamper his ability to earn another invite to Canada's selection camp in December.
"Our guys do their homework," said Dave Lowry, who is looking to coach Canada to a second straight gold medal after serving as an assistant on the team that won in 2015. "They evaluate him. He's a very good player. Like I said to him, this is the first opportunity I've had to watch him play and he's here for a reason. He's here to challenge for a spot. Like we always say, it doesn't matter where they come from, if they're Canadian and deserve a chance they'll get one."