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Rookie Camp Q&A: Trevor Cann

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

Trevor Cann is in high demand. After playing in 62 games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes in 2006-07, the young netminder backstopped Team Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Finland. After that came the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and all of the testing, team interviews and media appearances that go along with it.

This week, Cann – who was selected by Colorado in the second round (49th overall) – continues his busy summer as he attends the Avalanche’s Rookie Camp.

Q: You had a very busy offseason, due in large part to the NHL Entry Draft. Was the summer a bit of a whirlwind for you?

A: Right from the start of the summer, I had the World Under-18 Championships to play in, followed by the Draft, which went pretty well, obviously. After that, it was the Canadian goalie camp, so I’ve been all over the place.

Q: While you achieved a big goal when you were drafted this summer, many people don’t realize that the process isn’t just about one season; it takes years of work. 
A: From the time you’re a kid you have to make that decision if you’re willing to work hard to achieve your dream. Every season you have to improve and every summer you have to get your physical condition up to where it needs to be for the winter. After that, it’s about working hard when you’re on the ice.

Q: You were ranked as the No. 2 North American goalie by NHL Central Scouting in its final rankings. Did you have a pretty good idea of when you would be selected?
A: I was told I could go as high as late in the first round, but I wasn’t getting my hopes up of being drafted very high. I was just going to be happy wherever I went. I was thrilled to be taken by Colorado.

Q: What went through your head when you were drafted by the Avalanche?
A: (Laughs) Not much. I was really excited and got right up, but I really didn’t know what to do. I stood up and hugged everyone before making my way down to the floor.

Q: You were part of a pretty special Avalanche draft class. Along with yourself, Kevin Shattenkirk, Colby Cohen and T.J. Galiardi were all selected in the first two rounds. What are your thoughts on the talent level of this group?
A: I played against Shattenkirk at the Under-18s and I know he’s a great defenseman. I’ve seen the other two as well. The talent that came out of that draft was incredible. The four picks that came out of those first two rounds should be a pretty solid foundation. I think it worked out well for everyone involved.

Q: Have things slowed down a bit for you after your busy summer?
A: In a way, yes. After the draft I had a week off, and then got back into training and getting ready for my Peterborough camp and this camp. I guess there really wasn’t that much of a break after all.

Q: What are your initial impressions of the Avalanche organization?
A: First class; it’s unbelievable here. From our hotel to the dressing room to the facilities, it’s been incredible. I had a chance to see the rink yesterday and it was gorgeous.

Q: You are the youngest player in this year’s Rookie Camp. Do you feel any added pressure, going up against players who are sometimes 4-5 years older than yourself?
A: Not really. I’m going to take this experience and enjoy it. There are a lot of guys here who have played at higher levels. I expect those guys to be a little quicker and more skilled, so it will help me as well.

Q: You have played for Team Canada at two IIHF World Under-18 Championships. What was it like for you to represent your country at such a high level?
A: It’s a good feeling. The first year was really nice to get the honor of playing for your country. The second time, they kind of told me that I would be on the team, so it wasn’t as much of a shocker. I loved it and took great pride in it.

Q: How does the international game differ from your experience playing in the OHL?
A: In the OHL, guys are going to make mistakes. In the international game, not many guys do. It’s kind of similar to this camp. Guys here don’t make mistakes that often, so it’s nice to play at that level and try to improve my game.

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