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Canada's McDavid looks forward to playing at ACC

by Mike G. Morreale /

TORONTO -- Canada forward Connor McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, is looking forward to playing at Air Canada Centre for the first time in his career when his country plays against Denmark in the quarterfinals of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

McDavid, who appears to be getting progressively better with each game played at the tournament, has one goal, four points and a 54-percent faceoff efficiency through four games for Canada.

He enjoyed his time in the locker room at Bell Centre in Montreal during the preliminary round and is now gearing up for a similar experience at ACC in the playoff round. McDavid was born and raised in Newmarket, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.

"It's going to be pretty exciting," McDavid said. "I think the fans are excited to have Canada come to town. I have a whole bunch of family members here and I've never played at ACC before but grew up watching the Maple Leafs play here. I think everyone is pretty excited, and it should be a fun crowd."

McDavid said the first hockey game he attended with his father was at ACC.

"It was the Leafs against the New York Rangers," he said. "My dad would rotate with bringing either me or my brother to a game; it's a beautiful arena. I can't tell you who starred in the game, but I think the Leafs did win."

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