Ah, to be young, Canadian and in Kloten, Switzerland.
Team Canada opened their World Championship schedule with a 6-1 win over Belarus, Friday.
The Leafs Mikhail Grabovski
had the only goal for the Belarusians while Tampa’s Steven Stamkos and the Sens’ Dany Heatley scored a pair for Canada. Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher also scored for Canada.
The Oilers’ Dwayne Roloson, 39, got the win in goal.
Belarus kept the score within two goals going into the third but Canada struck for goals by Spezza, Fisher and Heatley in a six-minute span.
Canada will enjoy a light schedule as it makes its way through the preliminary round. Between today and next Thursday, Canada faces Hungary on Sunday and Slovakia on Tuesday.
Two Maple Leafs are members of Team Canada, rookie defenceman Luke Schenn
and veteran rearguard Ian White.
Nik Hagman is playing for team Finland while Leafs’ Jason Blake and Lee Stempniak are playing for Team USA.
The tournament is considered a great chance to see players who have blossomed with their club teams. Jonas Frogren’s play at last year’s Worlds convinced Cliff Fletcher, the Leafs GM of the day, to bring him to Toronto.