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Perry Going for More Gold as Captain of Team Canada at the World Championships in Russia

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

By Julie Robenhymer
Special to AnaheimDucks.com

Corey Perry stands in a locker room in Russia among several of the best players his home country has to offer and finds himself in a unique position as the oldest guy in the room. Perry, who has won a Memorial Cup, a World Junior championship, a Stanley Cup and two Olympic gold medals in his career, is chasing down another gold at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, as Team Canada's captain for the first time.

"I've been lucky enough to play on a lot of good teams and fortunate enough to play with some great players and we've been able to win a lot of things along the way," Perry said during some down time at the tournament. "It's a great accomplishment personally, but hopefully I'm showing them that no matter what you've accomplished in the past, you still have to go out there and compete and play and lead by example each and every day."

"I've been lucky enough to play on a lot of good teams and fortunate enough to play with some great players and we've been able to win a lot of things along the wa. It's a great accomplishment personally, but hopefully I'm showing them that no matter what you've accomplished in the past, you still have to go out there and compete and play and lead by example each and every day."

New York Rangers center Derick Brassard has skated with Perry in the tournament, and says of his linemate, "When they introduced him as captain, they went through the list of everything he's won and he's pretty much won everywhere. When he was added to the team, I know I was pretty excited. He's one of the premier goal scorers in the league and plays with an edge and combined with his experience, that's why he's the captain of our team."

At 31, Perry is the oldest player on Team Canada but he's enjoying the opportunity to learn as much from the younger players as they are learning from him.

"Being with a bunch of kids, it's a lot of fun," he says. "You never think about that day when you're the oldest guy on the team, but here I am and you look around the room and everyone is just excited to play the game and they help bring that out of you. Their energy is contagious."

Not named to Canada's initial 16-man roster for the World Cup to be held in Toronto in September, Perry is also embracing the opportunity to earn one of the final spots on the team that will be announced May 27th.

"It's nice to experience a new city and play with the guys that are here, but at the same time, you're only here for one reason. Winning a gold medal, that's your only goal."

"I think it's a tryout opportunity, for sure," said Perry, who had 34 goals last season with Anaheim but struggled in the postseason. "I wasn't on that first list of players and I want to prove to people that they were wrong and I want to show them that I should be a part of that team."

In the meantime, his full attention is on this tournament and helping Canada win back-to-back gold medals and earn a spot in the Triple Gold Club as a player who has won the Stanley Cup, the Olympics and the World Championship.

"It's nice to experience a new city and play with the guys that are here, but at the same time, you're only here for one reason," said Perry, who has four goals and four assists in seven games. "Winning a gold medal, that's your only goal. We're a young group, but I think everybody out here has played in world juniors and under-18s and different tournaments that they've been a part of with Team Canada and they know what a gold medal means to Canada. I think you just look around the room and everyone knows what's at stake."

As the quarterfinals start on Thursday, Canada will face Sweden at 10am PT. The winner moves on to the semifinals on Saturday against the winner of Russia-Germany. Medal games are on Sunday. All games are available on NBCSN and NBC LiveExtra.

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