MINNEAPOLIS -- The last thing United States National Junior Team general manager Jim Johannson told Matthew Grzelcyk before informing the young defenseman he would be the final cut prior to the start of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship was that he would get another shot this year.
At the time, it wasn't exactly what Grzelcyk wanted to hear. Particularly since he would now have to board a plane in Ufa, Russia, to make the long journey back to the United States.
"When you try out for a team, you want to make it, but seeing the guys they had last year didn't make it too disappointing," Grzelcyk told NHL.com. "But just to be invited to the camp was an honor in itself. It was tough to get that news kind of late, but what can you do. They won gold, so that was awesome to see those guys celebrating in the end.
"A lot of them are my best friends; I was so happy for them."