The last time Canada won a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship was 2009, so the heat will be turned up as soon when coach Brent Sutter and Hockey Canada's brain trust begin final evaluations of the 25 players invited to attend National Junior Team selection camp Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario.
But in the spirit of Herb Brooks, Sutter and his staff insisted the 25 selections are not the "best" players, but the "right" players.
"The players that we've chosen for today give us the best chance to win," said Canada National Junior Team head scout Ryan Jankowski during a conference call. "The thing to remember is that it's not an all-star team. We are putting together the best team, and we feel that the 25 players named today give us that opportunity."