Having already won a Memorial Cup title with the Windsor Spitfires, Greg Nemisz now has his sights set on winning a new championship title.
As one of four members of the Spitfires who cracked Team Canada’s lineup for the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatoon, Nemisz has confidence that he can help Canada win its sixth straight gold medal at the annual event.
“We’ve got four really great lines and if we stay out of the box we really take over the game with momentum,” who played on a line with fellow Windsor forward Taylor Hall and Nazem Kadri of the London Knights in Canada’s 16-0 whitewashing of Latvia on Boxing Day.
While Nemisz was held off the scoresheet, he’s confident that he can produce offensively in the tournament if he’s kept on the line with Hall and Kadri, who each had two points against Latvia.
“We’ll get ’er going,” said Nemisz, a first round (25th overall) selection of the Calgary Flames in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft. “We’re just finding our stride right now and feeling it out. We definitely have to find a way to produce.”
Already boasting an accomplished junior career at the age of 19, Nemisz can now claim that he has represented his country at the world juniors.
“It’s right at the top,” Nemisz told the Calgary Sun prior to Canada’s 3-0 pre-tournament victory over Finland at the Pengrowth Saddledome last Tuesday. “I’ve been watching this tournament since I was three or four years old and to get a chance to play in it is amazing.”
Playing an exhibition game in front of 10,756 fans at the Saddledome was another exciting opportunity for the 6-foot-3, 199-pound prospect.
“The fans here are great and I think our team fed off it,” Nemisz said. “It’s pretty special to even get on this team and then to have an exhibition game here, it’s awesome.”
Having attended training camp in Calgary the past couple summers, Nemisz knows he still has a long ways to go before accomplishing his goal of playing for the Flames, but he’s ready for the challenge.
“That’s my goal, every camp to improve and every day to get better,” Nemisz said. “My camp this year was definitely a big step up from my first year’s camp and you learn a lot every time you step on the ice with players of that calibre.”
Nemisz and Team Canada will return to the ice on Monday when they face off against Switzerland at Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre at 2 p.m. Canada will then face Slovakia on Tuesday before rounding out the preliminary round with a New Year’s Eve clash against the United States.
For the full WJC schedule and results, visit www.hockeycanada.ca