Having both scraped the depths and touched the heavens, Curtis Lazar fully understands the polarizing dynamics of the task awaiting.
"The pressure in that tournament is insane. For teenage kids? Wow," says the Flames' all-industry centre-winger, a two-timer at the World Junior Hockey Championships,
"It goes either way, right? There's no middle ground. Win or lose. Good or bad. Heroes or goats.
"I've been on both sides of that fence."