GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Even though U.S. National Junior Team coach Phil Housley has made a point of not rehashing the memories of a disappointing finish at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Alberta during selection camp this week, there are a few players more than willing to educate on the agony of defeat.
"You have to play every game as if it's your last, no matter who you're playing. You need to go out and play every game ... put your best foot forward in every opportunity." -- J.T. Miller
"We want to put [last year] behind us ... it's old news and in the past," forward J.T. Miller told NHL.com. "But, at the same time, we learned from it."
Miller, who worked on a line with Rocco Grimaldi and John Gaudreau at Monday's practice, is the only player at camp with professional experience in the American Hockey League with the Connecticut Whale this season. He's also one of three returnees from last year's U.S. team that placed seventh at the 2012 WJC, its worst showing since finishing eighth in 1999.
"I think we just took too much for granted out there [last year]," Miller said. "We went into the tournament thinking it was a guarantee that we would beat the likes of Finland and the Czech Republic. Really, anybody can beat anybody -- you can't take anything for granted and that's what I'm going to try to stress to these guys."