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John Tortorella talks Team USA, importance of finding roles

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella leads Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto), but before that, the American side will hold its training camp in Columbus at Nationwide Arena.

Pretty cool, right?

Tortorella recently joined CBS Sports to discuss his job with the U.S. team, the challenges of molding a group of stars into a team, and more. Here's a snippet:

What’s your mindset like as you look forward to the World Cup?

“We’ve been doing a lot of preparation. It’s getting closer and closer obviously, and we’re really looking forward to [playing] against the best players in the world. We’ll be ready to go.”

When you look at your roster in addition to (Patrick) Kane, which players stand out in that group?

"When you get to this situation and you pick their team, they're all top players on their teams. One of the biggest things for us to be successful, I think it's incumbent on the coaching staff to relay to the players that this is a team.

"It's a team full of really star players, but you've got to buy into your role when you're developing your team for this World Cup. I think that's one of my biggest jobs as far as selling that, and I think it's one of the biggest things the players need to accept. They're not going to be guys playing 22 minutes as they do with their NHL teams in this World Cup. The ice is going to be divvied up and it's going to be different for some of these guys. So I think that’s a really important note on how we’re going to try to be successful in this World Cup."

Read the full Q&A (and watch the video) on CBSSports.com.

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